Kids’ Yoga: Utilising the Power of Storytelling

Storytelling in children’s books is a powerful and influential tool for positively contributing to the development of children aged 4 to 8 years. 

It can help with cognitive development and language and comprehension skills

It can stimulate imagination and creativity.  Storytelling fosters imaginative thinking, encouraging children to visualize and create their own worlds and scenarios.


Many stories present characters overcoming challenges, which can inspire children to think creatively about solving their own problems.

Emotional Development


Stories often feature relatable characters facing various emotions and situations, teaching children to understand and empathize with others.

Emotional Regulation

Reading about characters’ emotional experiences can help children learn to manage and express their feelings.

Morals and Values

Moral Lessons

Many children’s books incorporate moral lessons and ethical dilemmas, helping children develop a sense of right and wrong.


Reading about different characters and their interactions can help children learn about friendships, and social relationships.

Interest in Reading

Building a Love for Reading

 Engaging and enjoyable stories can instill a love for reading at an early age, encouraging children to read more as they grow.

Educational Concepts

Math, Science, and History

 Children’s books can introduce educational concepts in a fun and relatable manner, sparking interest in various subjects.

Parent-Child Bond

Quality Time

Reading (and doing yoga together creates opportunities for bonding and shared experiences between parents and children.

Safe Space

Books can serve as a platform for discussing difficult or sensitive topics with children in a safe and approachable way.

Encouraging Critical Thinking

Questioning and Reflection 

Reading stories encourages children to ask questions, think critically, and analyze narratives, improving their analytical skills.

Promoting a Growth Mindset


Many children’s books depict characters facing setbacks and learning from their mistakes, encouraging a growth mindset and determination.

Recommended Reading (Includes Research)

Why Reading is Important for Children’s Brain Development
Greater Good Magazine
By Barbara Jacquelyn Sahakian, Christelle Langley, Jianfeng Feng, Yun-Jun Sun | November 17, 2023

Why is Storytelling Important to Children?
BBC Teach

Ursula the Roly Poly Unicorn: A Yoga-For-Kids Adventure about Self-Esteem and Loving Yourself Just as You Are

Out now, the Yoga-for-Kids Adventure storybook, Ursula the Roly Poly Unicorn, is intended to help children with self-esteem and loving themselves just as they are. Useful for teachers of kids’ yoga. Available: paperback, hardback and Kindle. Also, available: Kids’ Yoga Teacher pack with extra poses, ideas, and resources.

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