Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Review!: Good Morning Yoga by Mariam Gates


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Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-By-Pose Wake Up Story
Author: Mariam Gates; Illustrator: Sarah Jane Hinder
Published March 1, 2016 by Sounds True

Goodreads Summary: Yoga helps children learn how to focus, relax, and both self-monitor and self-soothe Good Morning Yoga instills these four skills and more, enabling children to jumpstart the day with energy and excitement and meet the adventures that come with mindfulness and perspective.

Good Night Yoga tells the story of the world retiring for the evening and a new generation of readers has fallen in love with the relaxing sequences and beautiful pictures that lead them to dreamland. Good Morning Yoga weaves gentle exercises with a heartwarming narrative and wonderful illustrations to empower children to manage the energies that visit throughout the day from the fiery volcano to the mountain quiet and still. Good Morning Yoga concludes with a visualization for kids to set intentions for the day.

About the Author: Mariam Gates holds a master’s in education from Harvard University and has more than twenty years’ experience working with children. Her renowned Kid Power Yoga program combines her love of yoga with teaching to help children access their inner gifts. She is the author of Good Night Yoga (Sounds True, April 2015), and lives in Santa Cruz, CA, with her husband, yoga teacher Rolf Gates, and their two children. For more information, visit

Twitter:  @gatesmariam
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Review: My father is a pediatrician, and he is constantly recommending meditation and yoga to his patients. He wasn’t a meditation kind of guy when he started practicing medicine, but he came to realize that many of the children who came to him were asking for natural ways to deal with stress and anxiety. I can’t wait to share this book (and Good Night Yoga) with him! There is a definite need for these two texts. Children are rarely taught stress-relieving practices in school, and I wish I’d been taught yoga as a child. 

My two-year-old son and I have had so much fun with this book since it arrived. He constantly asks for the “Woga book.” We practice yoga at least once a day with this book, and it we really enjoy this time together. The narrative that weaves through the book will engage readers and allow them to connect with the yoga moves. The illustrations match the calm beauty of this text, and I think kids will love it. I can’t help but think about how Gates’ books would really help kids grow and develop emotionally and physically.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: As a high school teacher, there were many times that I found my students’ energy was flagging. Also, during exams, they were very stressed. We stopped for stretch or meditation breaks. They appreciated these moments and reminded me of them when they’d visit me many years later. This book would be excellent to use in classrooms of all ages. The teacher might read the entire text the first time and then use excerpts in future yoga breaks, depending on time allowance. Research shows that kids who have more recess time perform better. I’d love to do some research on the effect of yoga breaks during schools! This book should be printed in oversized book format!

Encourage yoga time in your home, bookstore, or library with this downloadable kit!

Discussion Questions: How did reading this book make you feel? How might yoga fit into your life?; What are the benefits of yoga?; How does the author’s language connect you with the narrative and yoga moves? How does the illustrator creatively depict the text?; How do the different yoga moves work together?

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