Book Review – Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story by Mariam Gates.

Good Morning Yoga

4 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Sounds True Publishing for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an open and honest review.

This book was fun. I actually had my three children (aged ten, eight and six) help me to review ‘Good Morning Yoga’ and we all enjoyed going through it, reading and trying the poses.

We found the bright, colourful pictures great and I thought they were gorgeous. My kids really connected to them and tried the poses while I read out what to do. (I, of course, had to try the poses too.) Although we’ve done yoga as a family before, we still got some good new poses out of this book, even though I feel it was more aimed for those new to yoga. And my kids were thrilled that downward dog was in there, as it’s a favourite of theirs!

I liked the positive affirmation ‘How I want to feel today’ section at the end of the book. My eldest especially would benefit from starting her day along these lines.

Yes my kids weren’t perfect at all the poses and yes they mucked around a bit, but they’re kids and it’s what they do when enjoying trying something new. To me, that made it an even more enjoyable book as it inspired them to be happy and give it a try. The trick will now be: will they try these poses when grumpy and straight out of bed in the mornings on a school day. My son (who is HFASD) is not a morning person… here’s hoping a bit of ‘Good Morning Yoga’ in his life can help change that. 😉

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes I would. Not only to families with young children, but to my kid’s school too. The bright colours, smiling faces and almost musical words (when read out loud) give off such a positive vibe that I really feel this is a book people with young children would really benefit from.

Would I buy this book for myself? Yes I would. I loved it. The only reason it got a 4 out of 5 rather than a 5 out of 5 is my kids got a say in the score and they didn’t want to give a perfect score in case it meant no more books by this author. 😉 I do want to ask if there is one for bedtimes too. And if not, let me know when there is!

In summary: Gorgeous, colourful and encouraging book to do with your young family to set them up for a happier and calmer day ahead.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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