What is Breathe. Read. Yoga?

  • An online children's yoga program designed to bring books and characters to life while embodying the story through various yoga postures.

  • An excellent resource for childcare centres, elementary schools, day camps or after-school programs.

  • The program was developed as a resource to help schools teach and practice tools that will help children to build resilience, self-awareness, and self-confidence.

  • Each virtual class incorporates breathing practices, mindfulness, storytelling, and yoga. This approach helps make yoga accessible to all children, while also contributing to their physical, mental, and social-emotional development.

  • This online program mirrors the pre-pandemic in-classroom sessions provided to schools by Grow A Lotus Yoga.

What does a class look like?

  • Each class includes three practices: breathing exercises, reading, and yoga.

  • Videos begin with approximately 3-5 minutes of breathing exercises, followed by the reading of a book (each book includes a theme or life lesson to foster social emotional development). The book is then re-told by weaving yoga postures into the narrative.

  • The average class length is 20 minutes; however, duration can be modified by choosing one of the three practices in isolation, or completing all three components of the class.

  • Each virtual class can be conducted in a regular classroom, school library, gymnasium or cafeteria - all you need is a comfortable space to move your body.

  • Teachers simply log-in, select the book/class they want and stream it from the Grow A Lotus website (high-speed internet required).

Why should we subscribe?

  • A subscription provides all teachers in a given school with online access to a library of more than 15 pre-recorded children's yoga classes.

  • New books are added monthly.

  • Each class is themed and designed to support the elementary school curriculum, helping children achieve learning outcomes.

  • The books selected focus on diversity and inclusion.

  • The program was designed by Leanne Whiting, a Canadian elementary school teacher and certified children's yoga teacher trainer.

  • This fun and playful way to practice yoga encourages physical activity, fosters empathy, and takes students on an imaginative journey where their creativity can shine!

What books are included?

  • Be Like A Tree by Leanne Whiting

  • EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street by Sheree Fitch

  • In My Heart by Jo Witek

  • It Fell From The Sky by Eric Fan & the Fan Brothers

  • Just One More Swim by Caroline Pitcher

  • Last Stop On Market St by by Matt de la Peña

  • Once Upon A Northern Night by Jean E. Pendziwol

  • Oona by Kelly DiPucchio

  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

  • Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker & Jessica Curry

  • Sometimes I Feel Like A Fox by Danielle Daniel

  • The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac by Dawn Casey

  • The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad and S.K. Ali

  • The Sharing Circle: Stories About First Nations Culture by Theresa Meuse

  • The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson

  • When It Snows by Richard Collingridge

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • And more!

What themes are covered?

  • Adventure

  • Climate Change

  • Courage

  • Creativity

  • Diversity

  • Family

  • Fear

  • Friendship

  • Identity

  • Imagination

  • Nature

  • Overcoming Obstacles

  • Representation

  • Self Esteem

  • Travel

  • Annual subscription: $1080/year or $90/month

  • Custom subscription options start at $149/month