Book Review: My First Yoga ABC by Teresa Anne Power

My First Yoga ABC is a board book for infants to help them learn not only the alphabet, but some simple yoga poses as well. Each page has block letters of the alphabet, with a corresponding yoga pose. For instance, Aa is for Airplane posture. Young children will delight in practicing yoga while reciting their ABCs!


My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

My First Yoga ABC is a fantastic book for toddlers that teaches yoga poses and ABCs at the same time. Each letter in the alphabet shows a pose and the illustrations make it easy to see exactly how the pose should be done.

This is a beautifully illustrated book that makes learning yoga poses simple. The sturdy pages will make it easy for toddlers to handle and easy to view as the yoga poses are practiced. I plan on getting copies of this book for my grandchildren!

About the Author

Teresa Power’s books have sold over 270,000 copies worldwide. In her roles as educator, author, and yoga expert, her mission is to share strategies and tools that help students, parents, and educators enrich their lives and manage stress. She is a sought-after national speaker and volunteers with The Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Let’s Move! West LA, the University of Southern California and others. Teresa has been featured in Good Morning America, USA Today and Parenting magazines, Reader’s Digest, Fox11 LA, Telemundo, CBS LA, and other media outlets. In addition, she is the founder of the International Kids’ Yoga Day. A graduate of University of Southern California, she earned her JD from Pepperdine University School of Law, and completed a yoga training program with Indigo Yoga.

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Book Review: Yoga to Stay Young by Rachel Scott

Stay Flexible and Fit for Life―Practical Yoga for Any Age

Now, you don’t have to take a yoga class to learn how to relieve pain, improve posture, and feel healthy. Yoga to Stay Young is the perfect, practical guide for active seniors who want to start from square one to build strength and gain flexibility for a lifetime.

From simple neck stretches to more advanced moves like the downward-facing dog and the tree pose, you’ll explore beginner-friendly poses guided by clear, color illustrations. You’ll perfect your form, find balance, get stronger, and manage pain. Yoga to Stay Young can help you get the most out of your new yoga journey. Yoga is a practice that can be tailored to everybody―all ages and physical ability levels. It’s never too late to learn these helpful poses and embrace a healthier lifestyle.

This essential yoga book includes:

  • Get the facts―Discover the science behind yoga and learn how different poses can help with nagging pain and injuries.
  • Master more than 40 poses―Follow step-by-step instructions for fundamental yoga poses―including low-impact chair yoga―organized by the parts of the body you’ll be isolating.
  • Step up to sequences―Combine multiple poses into a simple series that can train your body for specific tasks and types of yoga movement.

Balance your way to healing and body bliss with this complete yoga guide for seniors.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

After having neck surgery last summer, I wasn’t able to do much of anything for a few weeks until my bone was fused with the hardware that was placed in my neck. Since then, I’ve had trouble getting back my pre-surgery strength. Yoga to Stay Young is helping me do that! I’ve started with some of the beginning poses and plan on working my way up.

The instructions are simple enough for me to understand and at the beginning it explains the importance of the correct posture for the poses. Each pose tells what area(s) it is good for and reminders about the pose.

I like the last part, the sequences, the most. It lists suggested sequences of poses for everyday activities like waking up or playing cards or playing golf. It also has sequences for aches and pains which is helpful to overcome pain.

Yoga to Stay Young is a great book to get if you want to learn yoga, get moving, or stay moving.

About the Author

Rachel is an author, yoga teacher, speaker, and educational nerd based in Vancouver, BC. When she’s not cheerleading her students to better relationships, she loves helping yoga teachers find their voice and develop their skills. As an educational designer, she supports passionate yogis and studio owners create dynamic and effective educational experiences. She has taught over twenty 200-hour yoga teacher trainings.

A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, you can often find her in Texas at her parents’ farm where she tries to pet the chickens. She sings opera for fun.
E-RYT 500; BA Columbia University; Masters of Fine Arts, Acting; Masters of Science, Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies.

Book Review: Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups by Katherine Priore Ghannam

With 100+ fun activities for you and your child to do together, Yoga for Kids (and Their Grown-Ups) creates meaningful ways to connect while teaching them the concepts of yoga and mindfulness.

Doing yoga with your child is a special way of spending time with them. Yoga for Kids offers simple guidance for playful activities to help you bring the benefits of yoga and mindfulness into your child’s life. Regardless of your own skill level, Yoga for Kids has practices and techniques that you and your child will be able to enjoy.

As a former teacher and certified yoga instructor, Katherine Priore Ghannam has seen firsthand the positive affects of teaching yoga to kids. In Yoga for Kids, Katherine shows you exactly how to teach your child to disconnect from distractions and connect with themselves—right at home.

Yoga for Kids includes:

  • Over 100 engaging activities, including essential poses, breathing exercises, meditations, yoga games, and more
  • Clear illustrations of every pose and sequence
  • Kid-friendly language to name and describe poses

From down dog to walking meditations, Yoga for Kids provides everything you need to teach your child yoga and mindfulness techniques. With Yoga for Kids your child will learn healthy ways of playing with their bodies—and with you.

Amazon link: Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups.



My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups is a fun and educational book for people of all ages. It is written for parents but uses instructions that are easy for children to understand. There are pictures for each pose and pictures at the back of the book that show the poses and corresponding page numbers for a quick reference. There are also tips for some of the poses that are easy to spot and even games to play to make yoga more fun!

There is a chapter on meditation which is a powerful tool that can be useful throughout their lives. I like the ages on the meditation exercises near the end of the book although I’m not sure my 4 year old great-nephew could sit still for even 3 minutes at this time though…maybe at nap time. 

Yoga for Kids and Their Grown-Ups is a great book for anyone interested in starting yoga. It is also a good tool for adults to spend time with their kids, grandchildren, students, etc. 



About the Author

Katherine Ghannam is the founder of Headstand, a non-profit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Leading a national movement to integrate mindfulness and yoga in K-12 schools, she oversees school programming, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and organizational sustainability. Katherine leads workshops training teachers around the country and strategizes with school leaders to develop cultural shifts for greater wellness in K-12 schools. She began her studies in mindfulness and yoga seventeen years ago as a way to relieve stress as a public school teacher. Katherine is the recipient of a Jefferson Award for outstanding service to her community and has been featured on CBS and NBC news for her commitment to building more serene and sustainable environments for K-12 students and teachers. 

Katherine’s new app, Time In Kid, is the creative mindfulness resource for kids and parents who want to spend time in, not time out.  

Audiobook Review: A Killer Retreat by Tracy Weber



Yogi Kate must clear her name of murder in this charming yoga mystery
When Kate Davidson gets an offer to teach yoga classes to wedding guests at the Elysian Springs resort, she jumps at the opportunity, even though it  means being forced to endure the wedding ceremony of the center’s two caretakers.

 Avoiding the M-word turns out to be the least of Kate’s problems when a wedding guest is found floating face-down in the resort’s hot tub, shortly after a loud, public (and somewhat embarrassing) fight with Kate.

 The police pick Kate as their number-one suspect, so she’s forced to team up with boyfriend Michael, best friend Rene, and German shepherd sidekick Bella to find the real killer. But they’ll have to solve the murder before the police arrest Kate, or her next gig may last a lifetime–behind bars.”


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I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I had listened to Murder Strikes a Pose, the first book in the Downward Dog Mystery series, so I was happy to listen to the next book in the series. 

A Killer Retreat is another cozy mystery with Kate, a yoga instructor, as the main character. She and her boyfriend, Michael, are going to Elysian Springs resort for a working vacation. Kate has been hired to give yoga classes to guests of the resort and guests of the owners’ wedding. Her best friend, Rene, and her husband join them for the vacation. Kate’s dog, Bella, also joins them and she has turned out to be a great pet.

Not only is a member of the bride’s family murdered but Kate and Rene both have serious relationship problems while on this vacation. Both are too insecure in their relationships and need to learn to communicate with their significant others. So, while Kate is trying to solve a murder, she’s also trying to help Rene while avoiding Michael. Kate can be pretty fickle for a yoga instructor!

The narrator of Killer Retreat does a good job. There was only one time I wasn’t sure who was talking, but otherwise it was easy to tell. Her timing and inflection were good.
Although Killer Retreat is predictable, I enjoyed listening to it. If you like a cozy mystery, I definitely recommend it.



Tracy Weber is the author of the award-winning Downward Dog Mysteries series featuring yoga teacher Kate Davidson and her feisty German shepherd, Bella. Her first book, Murder Strikes a Pose won the Maxwell Award for Fiction and was 2015 Agatha award nominee for Best First Novel. The third book in her series, Karma’s a Killer, will released January, 2016 by Midnight Ink.
Tracy and her husband live in Seattle with their challenging yet amazing German shepherd Tasha. When she’s not writing, Tracy spends her time teaching yoga, walking Tasha, and sipping Blackthorn cider at her favorite ale house. 
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Book Review: Rachel’s Day in the Garden by Giselle Shardlow


Rachels-Day-in-the-GardenTitle: Rachel’s Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book)

Author: Giselle Shardlow

Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla

Publication Date: December 23, 2014

Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories

Number of pages: 34

Recommended age: 3 to 6 years


Experience the benefits of yoga while learning about the signs of spring!

Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow.

The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide.

Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story.

This spring yoga story for ages 3 to 6 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Rachel’s Day in the Garden is the first book in a seasonal yoga book series. The summer yoga book is also now available:Ella’s Summer Fun. The fall and winter ones are in production, coming soon!

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My Review

I received a free ecopy of this book for an honest review.

Rachel’s Day in the Garden is adorable and a great way to teach simple yoga poses to young children.

At the beginning, it is suggested for the parent to flip through the book first to get acquainted with the format. Then, as they read it with their child, the can both practice each pose as they go. There is also a springtime keyword for each pose which is a simple word for the child to learn in place of the actual name of the pose.

If you’re a parent interested in teaching yoga to your young child, this book would definitely be a good way to start. It’s not only easy to understand but it has examples to look at and colorful pictures to help keep their interest. I think it would be fun to get all 4 of the books when they’re available.



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About the Author

Giselle-Shardlow-300x254Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.


Review: Downward Dog by Edward Vilga


7-21-2013 3-35-35 PMTitle: Downward Dog

Author:  Edward Vilga

Genre:  Fiction/Yoga

Publisher:  Diversion Books

Publication Date:  June 2013

Description: A study in love, loss, and sexual misadventures in New York City, Downward Dog tells the tale of a handsome Bad Boy who becomes a yoga instructor while trying to redeem his womanizing ways and win the forgiveness of the only woman he’s ever really loved.

Down on his luck thanks to a failed nightlife venture which fell apart because of his womanizing, our hero’s stuck with massive debt and broken dreams.

His only safe haven is the yoga world, and when his well-connected best buddy launches his yoga career among NYC’s elite, our working class hero becomes a guru to society’s top 1%, a wolf let loose amongst a flock of comely sheep.


I didn’t think I was going to like this book because the main character is a womanizer and has a history of being a real jerk but he becomes more endearing as the book progresses. He’s obviously made a lot of mistakes but he really does try to become a better person, mainly because of the woman he loved and lost. I found myself cheering him on and being so disappointed when he made a mistake. By the end of the book, I had a lot of respect for the way Edward Vilga was able to portray this Bad Boy’s journey. He made him very real.

There’s a lot of information about yoga. The way the poses were presented was creative and I learned quite a bit. Like a lot of people, I didn’t realize it was such a workout. I’ve always pictured someone sitting cross-legged and meditating. Wow! Was I wrong! In fact, it may something I’d like to pursue in the future. 

I enjoyed Downward Dog and highly recommend it. You can find it on Amazon. I look forward to reading more by Edward Vilga.


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