What’s more adorable than warm, fuzzy animals? Warm fuzzy animals that teach children yoga! To find them, you only need to read author Paige Towler’s new picture book, Yoga Animals: A Wild Introduction to Kid-Friendly Poses.
The book opens with an astute observation: that animals stretch, bend, curl and jump all day, and that children can learn to stretch the same way. Ms. Towler then focuses the reader’s attention on animal poses. There’s a picture of a tall giraffe stretching its neck as it reaches for leaves; lovely flamingos that balance on one leg; and gorillas that bend forward and drop their arms. She goes on to describe how cats arch their backs, puppies stretch their legs, lions roar, and a host of other animals bend and stretch on a daily basis.
But the book does not merely dictate a list of which animal making what pose; each page spread shows the yoga animal on the left side and a young child duplicating the pose on the right. And each description is told in rhyme that is adorable, precise, and never misses a beat. The book concludes with a re-cap of all the animal and corresponding people poses.
Use this book in your home exercise program, or to introduce a small group of young children to the joys of yoga.