Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste {Book Review}

Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste

By Contributor Jen Shragge

When I became a yoga teacher I knew I wanted to teach yoga to adults. I wasn’t sure if I would have the patience to teach children, including my own son. Instead, this past summer I sent my kid to yoga camp and he absolutely loved it. I loved that he came home talking about “reflection time”, made a “mind jar” (a small glass jar filled with water, glitter and food colouring) and was able to show me all the poses he learned.

Teaching children about yoga its postures can be challenging, but what they take away from yoga and apply to their everyday lives is priceless and well worth the effort. Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste, by Susanna Stratford, is a new book that can help you teach youngsters the principles of yoga.

Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste

The story details the excitement of a child named Maansi who cannot wait for school because it is the day the yoga teacher (Mama Yoga) comes to teach her class yoga. Using the postures of yoga, Mama Yoga takes the class on an adventure around the world, teaches them the meaning of the word Namaste and encourages them to look internally and appreciate their own kindness and intelligence.

The illustrations are beautifully done and not overly cartoon-ish, which is nice as this would appeal to older children as well. The second half of the book shows actual children demonstrating 33 different poses, which can be done once the book has been read. My son loved the story and trying out the various poses. Many of these poses he was familiar with, but others he had never tried before and he enjoyed the challenge.

Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste

Yoga for children has so many benefits. It helps children concentrate, encourages meditation to calm them down, and improves flexibility and strength, so there are really no downsides to teaching children yoga. The story Susanna has created allows an affordable way to introduce yoga into the home or classroom.

Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste

The book retails for $17.95 USD and is currently only available from Susanna’s website at www.mamayogakids.com. Susanna also offers workshops in and around the Seattle, WA area, primarily for elementary-aged students.

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate my review. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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Jen Shragge is a yoga instructor and all around eco-diva. She now lives back in her hometown of Toronto after ten years in the Vancouver area. Jen’s days are filled by her seven year old son and husband plus her toddler who was crazy enough to make her arrival on Christmas Day. In her spare time, (do moms really have spare time!?) Jen is a stylist for Peekaboo Beans, a play-focused quality children's clothing line.

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17 responses to “Mama Yoga and the Story of Namaste {Book Review}”

  1. MrDisco — October 18, 2014 @ 10:24 pm (#)

    that’s a pretty cool book

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  2. Jeannie — October 18, 2014 @ 11:25 pm (#)

    I really like that this book has pictures to show you each position!

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  3. Laurie P — October 19, 2014 @ 8:38 am (#)

    We’ve never been into yoga, but I’ve been giving it some thought lately. I think it’s something my little girl and I could do together. This book would definitely be a great way to introduce yoga to her….pictures are always useful 🙂

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  4. DARLENE+W — October 19, 2014 @ 9:25 am (#)

    Great book for the beginner

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  5. Anne+Taylor — October 19, 2014 @ 11:00 am (#)

    What a great way to introduce yoga to your kids or grandkids! This sounds like a lovely book!

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  6. Florence C — October 19, 2014 @ 3:44 pm (#)

    Looks like a great book for children to learn from.

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  7. Elizabeth+Matthiesen — October 19, 2014 @ 5:13 pm (#)

    It certainly looks like your son enjoys doing yoga 🙂 Can’t say I’ve ever been interested in it myself.

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  8. Jenn Erin — October 19, 2014 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    I did not know that there are yoga classes for kids! That is amazing. Yoga is so amazing for the mind and body so I think getting kids into this at a young age is amazing!

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  9. nicolthepickle — October 22, 2014 @ 8:14 am (#)

    I’d rather do super active things with my kids like running, skipping etc than yoga, but they would probably enjoy it.

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  10. Anna+W — October 24, 2014 @ 9:14 am (#)

    This is an awesome book. My kids have been doing yoga in gym class at school and really love it.

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  11. Melinda — October 27, 2014 @ 8:45 am (#)

    Sounds like a good way to get the kids active and in trying new things

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  12. DARLENE+W — November 6, 2014 @ 12:22 pm (#)

    kudos to those who do it

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  13. DARLENE+W — November 10, 2014 @ 6:26 pm (#)

    I have seen many children doing yoga to help with over activity

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  14. kathy+downey — November 11, 2014 @ 7:58 am (#)

    Thanks for sharing this,I really like this book

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  15. kathy downey — March 1, 2015 @ 5:43 am (#)

    Thinking this book could be a nice Easter gift for the kids

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  16. kathy downey — April 29, 2015 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    I like that this book shows the poses

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  17. kathy downey — November 30, 2015 @ 11:57 am (#)

    This sounds like great book for my granddaughter at 4 she loves watching exercise programs on tv and trying to do them…lol

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