Tuesday, August 8, 2023

The Yoga Sutras For Children by Roopa Pai - Book Review

Name of the book: The Yoga Sutras For Children 

Author of the book: Roopa Pai

Genre: Self-Help


  • Roopa Pai, a Bengaluru-based writer, columnist and speaker, is one of India’s best-known children’s authors. Many of her books are bestsellers, enjoyed as much by adults as by children. Among them is the award-winning, much-translated The Gita for Children, listed by Amazon India as one of ‘100 Indian books to read in a lifetime’. Her TEDx talk 'Decoding the Gita: India's Book of Answers' has received over 2 million views to date. When she isn't writing, Roopa leads heritage walks around het city with BangaloreWalks, a company she co-founded.


Sayan Mukherjee is a multidisciplinary illustrator and passionate storyteller from Kolkata. His work includes paintings, book covers, animated frames and children's picture books drawn using various mediums. Sayan is also a muralist and has created expensive feature-scapes across India. 


  • 'Train up a child in the way he should go- but be sure you go that way yourself'.- Charles Spurgeon

Parents today are very concerned about raising a child with good values, kids who will be forces for good in the world. There are various ways to teach children to respect others and do good. But one of the most effective yet simple way is through books. In the book The Yoga Sutras the author stresses on the importance of yoga for children as it helps in developing skills that will help them through adolescence and later in life. Yoga can help kids learn how to manage stress or anxiety, in addition to general emotional regulation. Author's aim is to connect yoga practice with the day today life of children allowing them to use the power of their mind to tap their true potential.

The Yoga Sutras shares 10 secret of enlightenment by offering us guidelines for living a meaningful and purposeful life. The secret of being in present, the secret of being successful, how to be more calmer and clearer when it comes to our life and many more secrets that can make our life worth living for. The goal is , how to practice detachment. Author has come up with beautiful conversation between Maharishi P and a common man describing the importance of yoga and how yoga helps in waken and harness the explosive power of our minds, through our action, our attitude and our awareness.

When you think about Yoga, the first thing that comes to our mind is asanas, but to your surprise this book is not about that. The author has unwind the secret of Patanjali's 2000 year old text in a simple and engageable way, that will hold your attention till the end.

Just knowing what to do won't help, what helps is how to do. Therefore the author has come up with 9 powerful practices that will show us the way to enlightenment. Make a plan, stick to it, have patience, no excuses, know you goal , all these are explained well with  practical examples. 

The author has brought comparison between different religions and faith and by mentioning the similarities that they have , has made this book more  comprehensive and acceptable.


I believe in fun with learning and this book exactly does the same. Author has shared abundance of knowledge with a bit of humor which kept the pace of the book moving. The pronunciation guide at the end of the book has made the reading more effective. The best part of the book are the illustrations, as they offer contextual cues and will help the readers in this case children, to read between the lines that will makes them interested even if the content is little heavy on them. The reckoner towards the end of the book will allow the reader in better understanding of the concept.

I enjoyed reading and will recommend this for all the age group not just the children. 


Book format: Paperback/Kindle edition
Price: INR 292/ INR  260.19
Publisher: Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt Ltd
Availability: Amazon

This Book is part of Blogchatter's #Book Review Program #TBR Challenge #BookChatter


  1. What a wonderful review! I will ask my kids to read this book. "The Yoga Sutras for Children" by Roopa Pai seems like a delightful and insightful journey into the world of yoga specifically tailored for young readers. Roopa Pai is known for her engaging writing style. It looks like she has once again worked her magic by making complex concepts accessible and enjoyable for children.

  2. It sounds like an amazing book that combines wisdom and practicality for kids. I love how the author has simplified Patanjali's ancient text and included illustrations to engage young readers. Your recommendation has piqued my interest, and I'll definitely check it out for myself and with my kids too.

  3. I really liked the concept of the book, will surely get my copy and I totally agree that teach kids what you practice. Thanks for the honest review.

  4. This is a good way to inculcate holistic practise of yoga in kids early on. I am sure, they would like to read, follow and practise instead of us telling them to follow yoga.