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Written by Snezana Danilovic
Illustrated by Sandy Thornton
Part of the Happy Panda Children's Yoga SeriesWrite A Review
When Yak joins Happy Panda's yoga class for the first time, she feels rather anxious. However, having been reassured, she is happy to join in with the other animals, trying hard to take part in breathing exercises and rainbow and tree poses. Sadly Crocodile is rather unkind to her when she loses her balance and does not want to sit next to her during circle time. Having been paired together, Yak and Crocodile produce an excellent double boat exercise and work well together as a partnership. The class ends with a gentle and relaxing meditation. Illustrated in bright and colourful drawings, this is a great introduction to young children who may be taking part in yoga. Happy Panda explains what yoga is and why it is beneficial for our minds and bodies before introducing the class to some of the more common yoga practices. At the end of the book, this is reinforced, together with the use of affirmative words, a reminder of how much fun it can be and sensible advice such as working with an adult. As yoga has become an increasingly supportive tool in self-development and self-care, I think that this book will appeal to many adults who are seeking an appropriate story for young children.
Val Rowe, A LoveReading4Kids Ambassador
Yoga makes children happy, healthy and strong!But if you are a clumsy yak, with wobbly hooves, who has never done yoga before, it can be tricky. Join Yak in her first Happy Panda class and see how she discovers the power and playfulness of yoga.
Eight yoga poses and their benefits are clearly explained and illustrated at the back of the book so young children can easily do them at home or in the classroom.
Yoga is for everyone! Adorable, engaging characters and humorous story draw in young children and get them hooked on yoga, creating healthy mind-body habits to last a lifetime.
Mindfulness and meditation are lots and fun! The story’s humorous, creative visualisation exercises tap into young children’s innate imagination, facilitating a deeper understanding of their emotions and developing confidence and resilience.
Author and experienced children’s yoga teacher Snezana Danilovic and illustrator Sandy Thornton team up to create the Happy Panda Children’s Yoga picture book series of heart-warming stories full of gentle humour, aimed at encouraging even very young children to get hooked on yoga. Parents, teachers and educators don’t need to be experienced yogis – they can learn and enjoy yoga alongside young readers, too!
Yaks Can Do Yoga! is the first book in the series.
Children’s yoga is specially designed for children and is also adapted and refined to suit their different ages, abilities, and levels of energy and pace. It has many medically-proven and powerful benefits, including:
develop concentration, bring calm, and build self-esteembuild co-ordination and strengthstimulate the nervous, lymphatic and immune system to foster energetic and healthy bodiescreate a healthy awareness of body and connection with the natural worldYoga enables children to slow down in today's fast world. With the busyness of day-to-day life, it can come as a surprise to children how enjoyable yoga mediation is when ‘everything stops’, enabling children feel calm.
Mindfulness and meditation are accessible and fun!The story’s humorous, creative visualization exercises tap into young children’s innate imagination, facilitating a deeper understanding of their emotions and developing confidence and resilience.
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