As an infant and toddler sleep consultant, I absolutely understand the importance of a bedtime routine. Bedtime should be a clear transition from the days activities into sleep time and I can't think of a better way to end the day than with some yoga! I especailly loved saying goodnight to all their body parts. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - me or them!
Jillian Dowling, President - Sleep Wise Infant and Toddler Sleep Consulting
Yawning Yoga is a fantastic bedtime read for any parent who finds themselves facing a spirited yogi at the end of the day. Laurie Jordan has created a beautiful story that helps children find new ways of settling down at days end, while all the while bringing imagination and play to basic Yoga poses. As a Yoga teacher and mother, I know the importance of a good nights rest, which is why I recommend this book to all the parents and caregivers out there. With it's beautiful illustrations and easy to follow rhyming instructions, Yawning Yoga is great book for yogis of all ages.
~Shari Vilchez-Blatt Creator and Founder of Karma Kids Yoga in New York City
It's like 'Go the F*uck to Sleep' with better Karma.
~ Well + Good NYC
The beauty of YAWNING YOGA is that it works on many levels. First, it is a classic bedtime book: Its calm, lulling language and sweet illustrations make ‘YY’ the perfect bedtime book for today’s enlightened tots. Second, it presents a new twist on a favorite format: the reassuring repetition of the bedtime ritual. Instead of saying goodnight to barnyard animals, playthings, or the great green room, however, ‘YY’ helps young children say goodnight to their tired body parts, their wound-up muscles, and their overactive minds. Finally, and most especially, the book’s charming artwork belies what it really is: an illustrated guide to a proven yoga bedtime ritual children can follow.
~ Abby Wills, Co-Founder and Program Director of Shanti Generation
Laurie Jordan's Yawning Yoga is one of the best kids yoga books I have seen. With the cute pictures and poems, the detailed instructions and photos of kids, and the parent oriented practical tools for bedtime routine at the beginning of the book, Yawning Yoga provides the best of all worlds for kids and parents alike. Kids will enjoy the story and movement as much as parents will enjoy reading it to them, connecting with them through movement, and utilizing the sound strategies Laurie provides. A must-have book on the shelf for all households with a budding yogi.
~Molly Lannon Kenny, MS-CCC, Founder and Executive Director Samarya Center
Guiding children into healthy sleep can be challenging in this frenetic world. Yawning Yoga is an exceptional, engaging and delightful bedtime book that both skillfully teaches and gently empowers children to surrender to the soothing world of night, sleep and dreams.
~Rubin Naiman, PhD, is is an internationally recognized author and leader in integrative sleep and dream medicine. He is director of Circadian Health Associates in Tuscon, AR., and the sleep and dream specialist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, directed by Dr. Andrew Weil. He has served as the sleep and dream specialist at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson and Miraval Resort.
Yawning Yoga is my new favorite book for children and the adults in their lives. I love this book for its sparkling kid-friendly rhyme, its joyful illustrations, its clear photo and instruction manual at the end, and the practice itself, which meets a wired kid and plugs him/her into a good night’s sleep! Laurie Jordan has written a gift for parents everywhere.
~Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga for Depression and the forthcoming Yoga Skills for Therapists.
Yawning Yoga is wonderful. Innovative, colorful, attractive, inviting, everything good...it seems pretty perfect to me.
~Bob Weisenberg, Yoga Editor for Elephant Journal and one of the "Top 25 Most Influential Yoga People" to follow on Twitter, according to wefollow.com
We are loving your book! What amazing words you found to engage the kids and those illustrations make ME want to crawl right into the pages. We "do" at least a bit of it most nights. Tess is truly committed and has been heard saying- "I really cannot fall asleep without my yawning yoga" She's drinking the koolaid and I'm so happy about it. Helps her when she wakes up with bad dreams too- I tell her to concentrate on her ocean breathing, and her minds eye :) So- congrats on a hugely successful endeavor! I hope you are doing well, and able to bask in the glory a bit - of knowing the impact you are having on children and parents all over!
~Can't wait for the sequel. Xo Danielle Goldsmith, Mom of 3