Author(s): Margarita (ILT) Mariam; Surnaite Gates
This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children
Meditation does a body good, and can even help kids as young as four or five. This practical guide is gentle, clear, and a pleasure to use. Kids will learn how to focus on their breath, on the sensations in their body, and on the sounds around them to help them relax, settle their busy minds, and understand their emotions. Illustrated with cheerful drawings of five animal friends, the book offers step-by-step directions and a repeating refrain:
"Breathe in, and fill your whole body. Breathe out, and relax your whole body."
It's an invigorating first experience of mindfulness that can be shared by parents and children at home, or by teachers and students in the classroom.
Mariam Gates has a master's degree in education from Harvard University and has been teaching children for more than 20 years. The founder of Kid Power Yoga, she now devotes herself to training children and adults in yoga and mindfulness. She is the author of the picture books Good Night Yoga and Good Morning Yoga. She lives with her husband, Rolf Gates, and their two children in Santa Cruz, California. Margarita Surnaite was born and raised in Lithuania, and now lives in Cambridge, England. She holds a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and a master's degree in children's book illustration. Meditate with Me is her first published book.