Photography is a wonderful art form to help reduce stress and anxiety that we can share with our children. According to sound-mind.org, “…this particular stress management skill allows you to place your focus outside of yourself. Photography is a creative and fun hobby that can help distract you from the stress, anxiety, and depression you may be feeling.”
Photography serves as a type of mindfulness meditation in which we get lost in the moment and experience a sense of flow while snapping photos with our camera. It can be quite calming to take photographs, especially of gorgeous nature and awe-inspiring images.
Trish’s Fall Photography is another winner from author Giselle Shardlow of Kids Yoga Stories. After reviewing Rachel’s Day In The Garden, I was excited to have the opportunity to get my hands on her new book just in time for autumn and the new school year to begin. I love how the storyline incorporates yoga, nature, and creativity (specifically photography) together in an enjoyable, interactive story. I read the book to my 4 year old daughter and 5 and 6 year old nieces a few weeks ago and they absolutely loved the colorful pictures and doing the yoga moves along with the story.
The most unique part of this book is how the yoga poses correlate so well with each scene. For example, when Trish takes a picture of beautiful fall trees, we do Tree Pose; when she snaps a picture of geese in the sky, we do Warrior 3 Pose which simulates flying; and when Trish and her father take a selfie of themselves relaxing in a pile of colorful autumn leaves, we do Resting Pose.
A major gem of this book is the Parent-Teacher Guide provided at the end. It outlines helpful ways that parents and teachers can engage their children–beyond just simply reading the book. The author provides important safety tips and suggestions for yoga props that can be used to enhance the practice. She explains how the book can be catered to different ages. Although it is geared toward 2-5 years olds, parents and teachers can add higher-level discussion for older children to identify meaningful observations and connections. Finally, she explains in more detail how children can develop mindful breathing and relaxation techniques by practicing yoga, such as the resting pose used at the end of the story.
About the Author
Giselle Shardlow is the author of several Kids Yoga Stories books and coloring books that can be found in many languages. Her yoga books encourage children to learn, move, and have fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the yoga stories found worldwide. The purpose of her yoga books is to foster happy, healthy, and globally educated children.
More Amazing Books By Giselle Shardlow
Luke’s Beach Day: A Fun and Educational Kids Yoga Story (Kids Yoga Stories)
Rachel’s Day in the Garden: A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book (Kids Yoga Stories)
Maria Explores the Ocean: A Kids Yoga Book
Anna and her Rainbow-Colored Yoga Mats
Sophia’s Jungle Adventure: A Fun and Educational Kids Yoga Story
Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story (Kids Yoga Stories)
Have you worked on photography projects with your children and noticed a difference in how they see the world?
*This post was sponsored by Kids Yoga Stories in the form of a complimentary product.