Synopses & Reviews
The Acting Out Yoga Series was born out of a need to find creative ways to engage young yoga students in class. Each book provides lesson plans for teachers to guide children through a "fantastical" fairy tale story while facilitating their ability to quickly learn asanas (poses). Thanks to the talents of artist Jessica Lynn Clark, these watercolor illustrations also provide the perfect backdrop in art galleries, where students can - literally - walk through the exhibit and act out the images found within each painting.The stories are designed to teach kids about art and culture in different parts of the world, and a portion of the sales from each edition will be donated to a children's charity related to that country. For example, the first book in the series, Harvir in the Amazon, is dedicated to Angels of the Amazon, a non-profit organization that provides much-needed school supplies and medical care to young children in the Amazon Jungle.Synopsis of Book #1 - Harvir in the Amazon: Harvir must rescue the famous dancer, Elsa, after she is snatched from her village by an evil dragon. Enlisting the help of the medicine woman, along with some surprising jungle creatures, Harvir embarks on a journey that takes him deep into the Amazon rain forest. (Ages 4-7)***Disclaimer: The Acting Out Yoga books are meant to offer helpful information to parents, teachers and students of yoga. Practitioners should use proper discretion when using this book as an instructional guide, particularly when supervising young people who may be executing poses contained herein. Consult a health care professional before undertaking exercises described in this book. The author, illustrator and publisher expressly disclaim responsibility for any adverse effects that may result from the use or application of the information contained in this book.
The Acting Out Yoga Series: Harvir in the Amazon provides activities for teachers, parents, and instructors to help guide children through a "fantastical" fairytale story while facilitating their ability to quickly learn yoga asanas (poses). The colorful illustrations also provide the perfect backdrop to engage children in the story, inspire creativity, encourage reading, and teach about cultures in different parts of the world. Each book also teaches life lessons about friendship, forgiveness, and trust and stresses the importance of mindfulness. In this story, Harvir must rescue the famous dancer, Elsa, after she is snatched from her village by an evil dragon. Enlisting the help of the medicine woman, along with some surprising jungle creatures, Harvir embarks on a journey that takes him deep into the Amazon rainforest. But don't worry, this isn't your average "damsel in distress" story, as our female heroines demonstrate that true strength is about wisdom, courage, kindness, and forgiveness. The book serves as a guide to yoga for physical health and relaxation, with a story to help children learn while being drawn into an adventure. It also provides the guide (teacher, parent, instructor) with drawings and detailed information about each pose and teaching children how to do it. Included are safety tips to prevent injury. Harvir is a great activity book for kids of all ages, but particularly ages 4-7.