Simple Yoga Practices to Help Kids Move Through Big Emotions
A colourful card deck featuring 48 simple yoga and mindfulness practices to help kids work through big emotions on and off the mat.
Sometimes our emotions are too much to handle, and we need help understanding and processing what we are feeling. The Little Yogi Deck teaches kids how to recognize and navigate these big emotions by introducing yoga and mindfulness as tools they can use to feel calmer and more in control. The deck makes important topics like strengthening attention, increasing self-awareness, and soothing the nervous system fun and easy to understand through poses like “The Wet Noodle,” “Toe-ga,” and “Grasshopper Flow.” The 48 cards are organized into eight color-coded categories—anger, worry, excitement, sadness, joy, jealousy, shame, and peace—to give kids specific practices for the variety of emotions they might be experiencing. Along with a practice, each card also features a vibrant illustration to visually depict the pose or activity. To offer additional support to parents, teachers, and caregivers, the deck includes a booklet explaining the approach for developing emotional intelligence in children through the practices offered.
About the Author
Crystal Mccreary is a yoga, mindfulness, and health educator, actor, speaker, and writer. She consults for CUNY-Hunter's public health department research studies on the impact of mindfulness on health outcomes for youth. She serves on the Yoga Alliance Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility Advisory Committee and is currently involved with organizations that aim to support youth with embodied contemplative practice including Mindful Schools, Bent on Learning, and Lineage Project. Crystal's programs emphasize self-care as the gateway to social justice and community healing. Crystal graduated from Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and completed The American Conservatory Theater's Master of Fine Arts program in Acting and works full-time as a health educator at The Dalton School in New York.