Yoga benefits people of all ages, from tiny tots to the elderly. The mindful meditation, soothing postures and deep breathing promote not only physical health but also mental, emotional and spiritual wellness. But author Teresa Anne Power has come up with a unique new way to use the ancient practice to help the youth – she has written a book that helps teach children the letters of the alphabet while introducing them to yoga.
Power, who resides in Los Angeles, has been practicing yoga for about 25 years and has spent nearly a decade teaching it to kids in local organizations and schools. She created "The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: A Book for Coloring," combining her passion for yoga and her interest in teaching children. It takes the form of a coloring book, and it uses each letter of the alphabet to introduce a yoga pose that starts with the same letter. Children can not only exercise their artistic abilities by coloring in the pictures of kids doing these yoga poses, but they can also practice their alphabet and learn how to conduct these postures.
But The ABCs of Yoga for Kids is more than just a book, it's actually based on an organization by the same name that promotes yoga and healthy living in general among youngsters. Power even travels the country to help spread word of the initiative, and in summer 2014 she took to Newark, New Jersey, to visit the Montessori Community School. The author led a group of young children in a fun session of yoga poses, according to the Newark Advocate. The room was filled with the sounds of cows mooing, frogs croaking and playful singing and laughter. While the kids were busy having fun, Power knew that there were really practicing their alphabet as they engaged in physical activity and received the many benefits of yoga.
"A lot of people don't realize kids are getting the same benefits from yoga as adults," Power told the source. "And there's something about it that's just fun. They don't even know the benefits they are getting. It helps everybody. They don't need to have any special athletic abilities."