Storybook Yoga – Professional Development

STORYBOOK YOGA’ - Full-Day PD Training 

Share your favourite picture books with young children as imaginative yoga journeys! Discover how to transform stories and images of well-loved books, such as the The Hungry Caterpillar, into a magical world of movement! Learn how to guide children in actively interpreting stories with their bodies, their voices, with song, yoga role-play and relaxation.

This is a fully immersive, fun, hands-on workshop for teachers and caregivers of children aged 2 – 6+years. Limited to 18 participants (In-house up to 24). Scroll down for upcoming trainings, bookings and workshop details.  You’ll see how much laughter and learning goes on from photos of recent trainings in Ak and Chch – click here! Read what teachers are saying about our PD here. 

IN-HOUSE TRAININGS full-day and half day available - info here  

3hr EVENING PD ‘Story Yoga: The Magical Zoo’ – dates and info here 

Upcoming full-day PD Trainings:

  • DUNEDIN - bookings click here  Saturday 27th January 2018, 10am-5pm Location to be confirmed 
  • AUCKLAND  - scheduled for March 2018 - if you would like info and be first in to secure a placeClick here   Location: Poppies Kindergarten, 1 Hapua St, Remuera
  • Keen to HOST a FUTURE WORKSHOP? Click here for details. 
  • Keen to ATTEND a FUTURE WORKSHOP? Click here to let us know. 
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This workshop was a definite “aha!!” moment. ‘Storybook Yoga’ ticks all the boxes for best early years practice in a really fun and engaging format. We all know the ‘why’s’… Here I learnt the ‘how’s’!! I absorbed so much invaluable information and so many creative ideas, got to practise within the workshop and will go home armed with a useful framework for introducing my classes to the fun of Yoga. Just brilliant!”

Jane McTigue, Kindergarten Lead-Teacher
Zürich, Switzerland

This Professional Development workshop is designed for Early Childhood professionals interested in exploring the many benefits of yoga for preschoolers. Yogi Kids offers multi-sensory, holistic learning at its finest and fully supports all five Te Whāriki curriculum strands. Kids yoga can reinforce literacy, problem-solving, cultural knowledge and numeracy.  Active participation is required, although no yoga experience necessary. Bring a good dose of enthusiasm, a sense of humour and lots of imagination!

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Workshop Details:

  • Investment: $225 Early Bird incl. 72p manual (date shown on each booking form) $265 full; 10% discount for bookings of  3-5; 20% discount for 6+ for all participants
  • Tea, coffee and delicious snacks will be provided.

  • Places are limited to 18 participants.

Workshop content:

  • Benefits of yoga for young children
  • Essential kids yoga poses, including simple partner and group poses
  • Child-friendly breathing techniques, both to calm and to energize
  • Immersive Storybook Yoga classes that can be replicated at your preschool, school or at home
  • Simple songs to start ‘yoga-time’, warm up wee bodies and to bring yoga-time to a close
  • Tips on how to make yoga fun, relevant and engaging
  • Guided relaxation

Resources included:

  • comprehensive 72p manual with introductory notes on Preschool Yoga, including benefits, tips for engaging young children, lyrics to simple yoga songs and notes on breathing and relaxation. Spaces are provided for adding visual reminders of poses, partner and group ideas.
  • links to video resources such as songs used in the training
  • six tried-and-tested class plans based on well-known picture books for immediate use in your preschool or school
  • a Yogi Kids Certificate of Completion

Workshop presenters Michaela Sangl and Clare Etherton are fully qualified, experienced yoga teachers and also ‘Rainbow Kids Yoga’ and ‘Samadhi Family Yoga’ graduates. Michaela is the director of Yogi Kids and her passion is making yoga fun, imaginative and accessible to children. To learn more about Michaela Sangl, click here ; for Clare Ethterton, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you on the mat!

If you have any further questions, please contact Michaela on 021 229 0197 or email


This is a photo of Michaela director of Yogi Kids and her daughter doing a manta ray yoga pose.

Michaela Sangl – manta ray yoga pose

Clare Etherton

Clare Etherton