Storytime Yoga Nominated for Book Award

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The book Storytime Yoga, Teaching Yoga To Children Through Story, has been nominated for the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice award for distinguished titles in the field of storytelling published for children and adults. Storytime Yoga teaches teachers and parents how to teach children health and literacy, peace and character education through the world's wisdom stories and yoga.

Storytime Yoga: Teaching Children Yoga through Story, by Yoga Teacher and Storyteller Sydney Solis, has been nominated for the Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award.

The Westchester County, New York Library District nominated the 114-page book for teachers and parents about how to use the art of oral storytelling to teach children yoga, meditation, relaxation and peace and character education. It features eight multicultural wisdom stories scripted with yoga poses.

The Storytellers' Choice Award was established in 1992 to honor Anne Izard, noted storyteller, librarian and Children's Services Consultant in Westchester County, New York. The award highlights distinguished titles in the field of storytelling published for children and adults, and promotes the riches of storytelling to even wider audiences.

Storytime Yoga (ISBN#0977706303, $29.95 The Mythic Yoga Studio, Boulder, Colorado 2006) is available exclusively through, and the Boulder Bookstore, as well as through the Storytime Yoga website. (

Drawing upon Montessori education methods and Dr. Howard Gardner's multiple intelligences theory, Storytime Yoga teaches children literacy, yoga philosophy and about their bodies the kinesthetic and linguistic way. It has also been used as play therapy and English as a Second Language instruction.

Children hear an oral, multicultural wisdom story culled from the world's diverse traditions, then reenact the story with yoga asanas. Children learn about story, story structure and become adept at creating and telling their own stories using their bodies and voices. The world's folklore also educates children about yoga philosophy, peace and character, as discussions invite children to relate their own lives to the stories they hear and embody. Story, symbol and imagery are also key to Storytime Yoga's relaxation and meditations. The program boosts self-esteem, oral and literacy skills, all the while bringing the benefits of yoga, such as balance, coordination, and concentration.

Solis teaches children's and family yoga classes, and has performed and given workshops internationally. She is expanding her national and international teacher training tour this year, and is collaborating with World Family Yoga for a Mythical Mayan Yoga Retreat in Tulum Mexico this April and in Costa Rica for March 2008.

Solis is the mother of two children, and created Storytime Yoga after the tragic suicide of her husband four years ago. She has more than 300 hours of Anusara yoga training, and is a member of the National Storytelling Network and its Interfaith and Healing Story Alliances. An associate of the Joseph Campbell foundation, she puts on World Peace Interfaith Storytelling Gatherings.

For more information, visit or contact Sydney Solis at 303-456-6311.


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