Katie Brown

'The Relaxation Rainbow' children’s book

Supported by a Yoga For Good Foundation grant, this vibrant children’s book caters to kids aged 4-12. Its colourful and inviting design makes reading enjoyable and helps children feel calm and content. Katie introduces young readers, as well as their parents, caregivers, teachers and therapists, to guided relaxation, yoga, colour therapy and the benefits of mindful breathing.

The book integrates the unique qualities of each colour to enhance and uplift. Children are naturally attuned to this concept, and they enjoy incorporating vibrant colours into their clothes and creative activities. The pages blend rainbow colour inspiration with engaging stories and imaginative elements.

Effective guided relaxations and restorative yoga practices aim to initiate the ‘relaxation response’, a term coined by Dr. Herbert Benson, founder of the Mind/Body Institute at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital. This response stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, prompting the mind and body to rest and digest.

The book’s objective is to give children the tools to self-care and self-soothe and feel calm, relaxed and content which enhances the bond between the child and the person reading the relaxation to them, and they can also learn to read themselves.

Research and reasoning

Katie is a senior yoga teacher who has taught yoga and meditation for 20 years. She is a professional writer, magazine editor and journalist and has written for national publications. She is a published author of ‘Mother and Me, A Mum’s Guide to Balance, Wellbeing and Harmony and Guided Relaxation’ – an essential guide to creating calm, including a chapter on relaxation for children.

Katie researched clear evidence of need, citing a report by Black Dog Institute in May 2021 stating that mental health struggles often begin in childhood. A second Australian child and adolescent survey of mental health and wellbeing published in 2015 revealed that around 13.6 per cent of Australian children aged 4-11 are experiencing mental health disorders.

“Science tells us daily that we all need to reduce our stress to promote and support our physical, emotional and mental health. Thankfully, Katie Brown’s book Guided Relaxation, not only teaches us how to relax, it also shows us how in clear, friendly and accessible words and illustrations. The practice of conscious relaxation will change your day and your life, because it will affect how you ‘talk’ to yourself and how you interact with others. An essential book in the modern world. It will uplift your spirits and take you home to a sense of ease and rest.” – Judith Hanson Lasater, US Restorative Yoga teacher.

Yoga for Good provided a small grant in 2022 towards the illustration costs as Katie was working away using her own resources to move the project into production. This book is a dedication from the heart, and Yoga for Good was able to provide a further grant to complete the book design and go to publication and printing.

Katie is well on her way to selling 2000 copies in the first year of publication. It has been accepted by the Department of Education’s wellbeing program for children’s mental health and ‘Relaxation Rainbow’ is receiving wonderful reviews.

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