I began practicing yoga to get back in shape after my second daughter was born and it changed my life. I have struggled with an eating disorder since I was 12 years old. I had never found an exercise routine that I liked enough to really stick with for more than a few months. But yoga was different. I toned muscle, but it also felt good. Really good. So good that I found myself wanting to do it and missing it if I didn’t do it. I found myself able to breathe deeper and aware of my breath all the time. I found myself calmer and more at peace when I practiced and feeling a little harried and crazed and unfocused when I did not practice. I have had a regular almost daily practice for over sixteen years and I sing the praises of yoga to all who will listen. I have turned my husband – who had never exercised outside of the occasional bike ride and one of my good friends – who had felt they couldn’t do yoga because they weren’t flexible enough – into devotees too.
So, when I saw books aimed at turning kids on to this amazing form of exercise, I was like, “Yeah! Right on!” and I wanted to know more.
Let’s Play Yoga is a very cute book. It starts out by explaining that ‘yoga’ means ‘union’ and that we are all stronger together. It then goes on to explain that yamas are things to avoid – a lot of candy, bad thoughts, etc. and niyamas are things to do more of – like exercise and thinking positive thoughts. I loved this simple explanation and I admit that even after all of these years practicing yoga, I never understood yamas and niyamas so clearly.
Let’s Play Yoga makes yoga a game kids can play. It starts with ten rules, such as not being violent, telling the truth, right use of energy and not being jealous.
Then the authors created stories to go with the poses. So Tadasana or Mountain pose, becomes Tada and is the story of a girl who stands tall like a mountain. Then there are examples of how kids can stand tall and how it helps them focus and balance better when they practice this pose.
I thought it was a cute book and a cute way to teach kids about yoga. I loved The Ten Basic Principles or Rules of Yoga – -those are such important lessons for all of us to learn and I can always use a reminder. I also loved that the book explained what Sanskrit was and used the Sanskrit terms for the poses in the stories. This book not only teaches the basics of yoga, but also presents ways for kids to bring yoga into the rest of their lives or as yogis say “off the mat”.
Credit line: Let’s Play Yoga! How to Grow Calm Like a Mountain, Strong Like a Warrior, and Joyful Like the Sun © Lúcia Barros and Márcia De Luca, 2014. Illustrations © Bruna Assis Brasil, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. theexperimentpublishing.com
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I would like to thank Netgalley and Experiment Publishing for my copy!