Calm and awake, “I can do this!” is all I need to say.  A deep breath in, a long breath out— I am ready for the day! This “wake up” story is so much more than a story. It’s a practice for kids and parents to greet the morning with joy and embark on their daily adventures with intention and confidence. Turn the page and reach up to the sky, press your feet into the earth, and get ready for a great day!

MARIAM GATES is a passionate and inspiring teacher with more than 20 years of experience nurturing young people. Through Kid Power Yoga, she has combined her dedication to teaching yoga with her skills as an educator to guide children in accessing their own inner source of strength, confidence, problem solving, and creativity. She has a master’s degree in education from Harvard University and years of experience in the classroom. Mariam has been profiled in Boston magazine, the Boston Herald, Alternative Health magazine, and on television and presented at Esalen Institute, Big Sur CA and Wanderlust Festivals in the US. Child magazine described Mariam as a “central figure” in the children’s yoga movement. Kid Power Yoga Teacher Training programs can be found nationwide—and also online. Mariam also teaches weekly at public schools in northern California.

Editorial Reviews

“After helping young readers gently end their days in Good Night Yoga (2015), Gates and Hinder return with a salutation for their mornings. . . Hinder’s playful illustrations animate Gates’ descriptions and affirmations. Each character fully embodies his or her pose as if ready to leap off the page. The balance of bold and soft colors mirrors the energizing yet focused movements of the stretches. Young readers will easily see themselves in one of the many diverse children in the book. Also included are a recap of the poses with short instructions and a guided visualization that adults can read to children. An energizing yoga practice portrayed by lively and diverse characters that should inspire multiple readings.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“This book lays the groundwork for our kids, and it can springboard them into the world with confidence, resiliency, and a deep awareness and connection to what is best in us. Good Morning Yoga teaches kids (and adults) how to connect to that deepest part of ourselves through some very simple steps. A great book that can give our kids the fundamentals of a good life—a life that comes from living from the inside out.”
Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit
 
“Mariam Gates’ ability to entertain while teaching correct yoga poses at the same time amazes me. Good Morning Yoga is perfect for kids, but I have to admit that I had a blast practicing while reading it, so I wouldn’t limit it only to young yogis. This book is perfect for anyone looking to incorporate a fun yoga practice into their children’s lives. I can just picture families and classrooms full of kids memorizing and reciting the practice in unison as they go through Mariam’s brilliant routine. This should be a part of every school’s curriculum and family’s wake-up ritual.”
Kathryn Budig, yoga teacher and author of Aim True
 
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