A young yogi takes inspiration from the zoo.
Drawing from her experience as a children’s yoga teacher, Pajalunga introduces young children to yoga philosophy and poses. After taking yoga lessons at the zoo, a young boy demonstrates his new skills at home for his pet cat. As he explains how he positions his body for each pose, he imagines himself embodying different characteristics of the animal each pose is named for. Pajalunga’s gentle and supportive tone offers encouragement for hesitant students as well as energetic preschoolers. The device of giving personality traits for each animal (brave lion, funny camel, noble tiger, etc., enumerated in the backmatter) allows children to connect their thoughts and feelings to the physical movements of each pose. With exception of a few phrases, both children and adults will find the plainspoken instructions easy to follow. Each pose is accompanied by Forlati’s illustrations of each animal in its natural habitat. The soothing color palette supports Pajalunga’s gentle tone. A short list of tips for practicing yoga is included at the end of the book.
A gentle introduction to yoga for young children and anyone who loves animals. (Picture book. 3-8)