“Breathe Like a Bear is a beautiful guide to mindfulness. Parents, teachers, caregivers― and especially kids―will love the different ways to explore mindfulness and breath through animals and story in Breathe Like a Bear. Both lyrical and practical, this much-needed book will help children navigate the world around them!”
―Susan Verde, author of I Am Yoga and I Am Peace
My readers who have followed me for years (thank you so much, by the way!), will remember a cool yoga CD review called “Kings & Queens of the Forest” by Kira Willey that I did back in 2012. I was getting my then-toddler, Brooke, into my yoga practice and that was the first CD that really kick-started our dual yoga sessions together. Kira made it so simple for us to do yoga together and I’m happy to say that I have enjoyed following her career. Kira is a mom of three children, lover of Waldorf, yoga instructor and singer/songwriter from Bethlehem, PA. She has had a deep passion for music since starting to play the violin at the age of five. She has been a certified yoga instructor for children since 1996 when she founded Fireflies Musical Yoga for Kids. She released her first album “Dance for the Sun” a year later which has won many music awards including the Independent Music Award for Best Children’s Album. Her latest release is a BOOK (yeah!) which includes easy mindful exercises that children can do that target five intentions. (“Be Calm,” “Focus,” “Imagine,” “Make Some Energy,” and “Relax”). These techniques can help children harness their energy, release anxiety, and develop self-awareness and compassion. Breathe Like a Bear teaches kids how to flex their mindfulness muscles and be calm, focused, imaginative,energized and relaxed. Yes! If this book isn’t perfect for the New Year, I don’t know what else is!
Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school. Based on Kira Willey’s Parents’ Choice GOLD Award-winning CD, Mindful Moments for Kids, this one-of-a-kind book is sure to help kids find calm, gain focus, and feel energized during the day, and encourage families to establish a fun and consistent mindfulness practice, whether at home or on the go.
“I love this book! Breathe Like a Bear is filled with playful and imaginative ideas for helping kids connect to themselves, whether it’s their own strong energy or inner calm. Each moment that Kira has so elegantly sculpted and described conjures up delicious, beautiful, or whimsical, child-friendly scenarios. It’s exactly this fun and accessible style that will make kids want to try every one of these little gems that provides simple tools for big change.”
―Laurie Berkner, award-winning and bestselling children’s musical artist
About the Author: Kira Willey is an award-winning songwriter, kids’ yoga expert, and creator of Rockin’ Yoga School Programs. She has released three nationally acclaimed albums of children’s yoga songs that blend upbeat, danceable music with get-up-and-move yoga inspiration. Her fourth release, Mindful Moments for Kids, is the inspiration for Breathe Like a Bear. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three children and can be found online at kirawilley.com.
About the Illustrator: Anni Betts is a professional illustrator who creates vibrant, cheerful drawings for books, magazines, advertisements, greeting cards, and more. Originally from Illinois, she now lives in Durham, England, with her archaeologist husband, Kamal, new son, Emmett, and adorable dog, Logan. When not illustrating, she can be found exploring the historic sights and natural beauty of the United Kingdom and Europe, baking sweets, going for long walks, and sewing colorful clothes to wear. Visit her online at annibetts.com.
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