Recommended Resources
Yoga Cards

We are dedicating a whole tab to yoga cards because cards are an affordable, teacher and child-friendly way to get started with some basic yoga.

Yoga Pretzel Cards                                                 Barefoot Books

Yoga Planet Cards                                                  Barefoot Books

Yoga Warrior Cards                                                 Radiant Child

ABC Learn With Yoga Cards                                    Christine Ristuccia

Yoga 4 Classrooms                                                  Lisa Flynn

Self-Regulation Flash Cards                                     Leah Kalish

Harmony Cards                                                        Kerry Spina


Here is a list of some of our favorite instrumental music. We have also had a lot of success with the $1 instrumental CDs from Dollar Tree.

Atmospheres:  Dolphin Dance by Jeff Wolpert

Chakra Suite by Steven Halpern

Comfort Zone by Steven Halpern

Dancing at the Gate by Dana Cunningham

Earth Songs by Murdo McRae

Gentle Spirit by Phil Tweed        

Healing Touch I by Nadama

Healing Touch II by Nadama

Heart to Heart by Nadama

The Sacred Well by 2002


The following book recommendations include both yoga books and classroom strategy/teaching books that we have used in our trainings over the years.

Allen, Richard: Impact Teaching, Ideas and Strategies for Teachers to Maximize Student Learning

Bailey, Dr. Becky A.: Conscious Discipline, 7 Basic Skills for Brain Smart Classroom Management

Bersma, Danielle & Visscher, Marjoke: Yoga Games for Children

Braverman, Eric. R, M.D.: The Edge Effect, Reverse or Prevent Alzheimer’s, Aging, Memory Loss, Weight Gain, Sexual Dysfunction, and More

Cain, Susan: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Tallking

Capouya, John: Real Men Do Yoga, 21 Star Athletes Reveal Their Secrets for Strength, Flexibility and Peak Performance

Cohen-Harper, Jennifer: Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance

Colombo, Luann: Uncover the Human Body

Doidge, Norman, M.D.: The Brain that Changes Itself

Douillard, Dr. John: Perfect Health for Kids

Dweck, Carol, Ph.D.: Mindset

Emerson, David & Hopper, Elizabeth, Ph.D. Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body

Feinstein, Sheryl: Secrets of the Teenage Brain: Research-Based Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Today's Adolescents

Flynn, Lisa: Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises, and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children

Forbes, Bo, Ph.D.: Yoga for Emotional Balance

Fox, Jenifer: Your Child’s Strengths: Discover Them, Develop Them, Use Them

Gagnon, Michelle: The Ultimate Human Body Block Book 

Gladwell, Malcolm:   David & Goliath, Blink, Outliers             

Gordon, James S. M.D.: Unstuck, Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression

Groves, Dawn: Yoga for Busy People 

Guber, Tara Lynda: Contact, The Yoga of Relationship

Hannford, Carla, Ph.D.: Awakening the Child Heart – A Handbook for Global Parenting; Smart Moves – Why Learning Is Not All In Your Head  

Harvey, Paul: Yoga for Every Body

Jensen, Eric, Ph.D. Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner’s Potential

                                   Teaching with the Brain in Mind

                                   Tools of Engagement

                                   Super Teaching

                                   Deeper Learning

                                   Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners

Komitor, Jodi: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Yoga for Kids

Levine, Peter: Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma

Lipton, Bruce, Ph.D.: The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, and Miracles

Loeher, Jim, Ed.D.: The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal

Loeher, Jim, Ed.D. & Migdow, Jeff, M.D.: Breathe In – Breathe Out

McGonigal, K. , Ph.D.: Yoga for Pain Relief                    

                                        The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It

Payne, Larry & Richard P. Usatine: Yoga RX: A Step-by-Step Program to Promote Health, Wellness, and Healing for Common Ailments

Pease Banitt, Susan: The Trauma Tool Kit

Purperhart, Helen: Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body

Ratey, John: Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain

Robertson, Joel:   Natural Prozac: Learning to Release Your Body’s Own Anti-Depressants

Seligman, Martin E.P.: Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life

Servan-Schreiber, David: The Instinct to Heal: Curing Depression, Anxiety and Stress Without Drugs and Without Talk Therapy

Schwartz, Ellen: I Love Yoga: A Guide for Kids and Teens 

Siegel, Daniel J., M.D.: Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

Solis, Sydney: Storytime Yoga: Teaching Yoga to Children Through Story

Sumar, Sonia: Yoga for the Special Child

Tobias, Cynthia Ulrich: The Way They Learn: How to Discover and Teach to Your Children’s Strengths

van der Kolk, Bessel, M.D.: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Weintraub, Amy:  Yoga for Depression: A Compassionate Guide to Relieve Suffering Through Yoga

                            Yoga Skills for Therapists

Wong, Harry & Rosemary: The First Days of School: How to Be An Effective Teacher



Here are some excellent DVDs to support teacher wellness, or specifically for children:

Shanti Generation: Yoga Skills for Youth Peacemakers - Ages 7-16 with Abby Wills

Partner Yoga for Teens: Shanti Generation with Abby Wills

Pizza Party: Yoga Class For Kids with Lisa Detamore

Kids Yoga DVDs - Scooter & Me Body Series (Set of 3) for Strength, Flexibility & Balance with Wendy Phillips Piret

Yoga Kids (series) with Marsha Wenig

Get Fit Where You Sit Chair Yoga with Lakshmi Voelker

Just My Size DVD with Megan Garcia

Life Force Yoga Level I with Amy Weintraub                                          

Lilias! Complete Yoga Fitness for Beginners

Absolute Beginner Yoga DVD with Joanne Spence

Yoga for Stress Reduction by Hala Khouri

Yoga for Depression by Gary Kraftsow

Yoga for Anxiety by Gary Kraftsow

Yoga Thrive with Susi Hately


These are simply suggestions. No props are needed at all, and a basic yoga practice can be done standing, or sitting on a kitchen chair. However, these are some of our favorites if time, money, and space allow:

Yoga mat                                                                                                                          

2 blocks                                                                                                                    

Yoga strap or tie                                                                                                                           

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Free Apps

Saagara: provides a helpful visual and audio support for a breathing practice

Stop, Breathe & Think

EQ Coach


Simply Yoga



Children's Books

From time to time we build a class around a particular story.  Here are some of our favorites:

Bowen, Connie: I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations

Curtis, Chara: Fun is a Feeling

De Brunhoff, Laurent: Babar's Yoga for Elephants

Fox, Mem: Koala Lou

Ganeri, Anita: Alive, The Living, Breathing Human Body Book

George, Mike: 1001 Meditations

Kaur Khalsa, Shakta: Fly Like A Butterfly: Yoga for Children

MacLean, Kerry Lee: Peaceful Piggy Meditation

Morgan, Allison: Wisdom Within

Murdock, Mike: Spinning Inward

Sumner, Christine: I Can Be, A Child’s Whimsical Introduction to YOGA

Thompson, Lauren: Hope is an Open Heart









Awesome Friends

As the name suggests, the following organizations represent some of the finest children's and teens yoga programs/products/curriculum and trainings in the country, if not the world. We are proud to call them friends! Honestly, we would watch paint dry with these folks . . .

Others represent more of the mental health and yoga community.

Kripalu Yoga in the Schools

Little Flower Yoga

Yoga 4 Classrooms

Move with Me Yoga Adventures

Bent on Learning

Newark Yoga Movement

Atlanta Yoga Movement

Wellness Works

Zensational Yoga


Yoga Ed

Mindful Practices

Niroga Institute

Sundalah Yoga

Holistic Life Foundation


Get Ready to Learn

Growing Minds

Next Generation Yoga

Eat, Breathe, Thrive

Every Kid's Yoga

Yoga Calm 

LifeForce Yoga

Flawless Foundation

National Mat Program

Follow this link to Yoga District to enroll in this program for free mats for your students.