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The Yoga Family: A Lizard's Tale

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S: The Yoga Family: A Lizard's Tale Jean Carl 2011

BC: ALOHA! A little Hawaiian lizard learns how yoga can turn a family into cats, dogs, sandwiches, boats, and more! MUSIC BONUS A Brian Gibson Yoga CD is included!

FC: The Yoga Family: A lizard's tale by: Jean Carl Photography: Bob Carl & Jeff Matsuki

1: The yoga family lives in Hawaii. They like doing yoga in the park. A shy little lizard named Koho-lani peeks out from under a flower.

2: Before yoga, Curran rests with mom. He thinks about fishing with Grandpa.

3: Dad and Zoe take a few deep breaths. | Koho-lani doesn't like having this yoga family in her park. She gives them her best "stink-eye," but they don't see her nasty look.

4: Zoe and Curran start with the WINDMILL pose. | "What are you doing here?" asks Koho-lani, but people can't understand lizards. Everyone knows that.

5: Mom steps into the LIGHTNING pose. Lightning scares Koho-lani, so back she goes under her flower.

6: Dad does the Warrior pose wn gets a turn to do the Warrior with dad, too. | Koho-lani is glad they are not stepping on her. | Dad steps into the WARRIOR pose.

7: Dogs and cats frighten little Koho-lani, so back she goes under her flower. | Next, Mom and Zoe pretend they are POINTER DOGS.

8: Koho-lani likes trees and moves in for a closer look. | Dad helps Curran stand tall in the TREE pose.

9: Koho-lani licks her lips and says,"Yum!" | Everyone smiles during the PRAYING MANTIS pose.

10: The family loves doing the SEE-SAW. Koho-lani wishes she had someone to do the SEE -SAW with.

11: Zoe and mom stretch in CAT pose. | Koho-lani squeaklily asks, "Can I play with you?" But, of course, people can't understand lizards. Everyone knows that.

12: Koho-lani is no longer afraid and hopes there is a lizard pose. | Mom tries the DOWN DOG with Curran underneath.

13: Koho-lani wonders why there are so many doggone dog poses. | The next pose looks lizardy, but it is called the UP DOG.

14: Koho-lani thinks her sisters would like this one. | The TURTLE is Zoe and Curran's favorite.

15: Koho-lani thinks about doing this pose with her own mother. | The RAINBOW SANDWICH pose always makes Curran think about food.

16: Koho-lani excitedly swishes her tail and shouts, "Be careful, yoga family!" | Dad lifts Curran high for the FLYING CIRCUS pose.

17: The little Hawaiian lizard tries to grab her tail and laughs with them. | The children laugh in the BOW pose.

18: The TABLE AND CHAIRS pose ...

19: ...takes teamwork.

20: When Koho-lani sees the BOAT pose, she says, "Wow-oh-wow!" in her little lizardy voice.

21: Of course, people can't understand lizards. Everyone knows that.

22: The children can touch feet in the JACK KNIFE pose. | Koho-lani can't wait to show these yoga poses to her family.

23: Yoga time is almost over. Dad and Curran sit in the Butterfly pose. | i"I | The little lizard says, "Please come to my park again!" Of course, people can't understand lizards. Everyone knows that.

24: Mom and Zoe lay under the palm trees for the BRIDGE pose. | Koho-lani happily rests on her flower.

25: After rolling left and right in the CANNON BALL pose the family rests. | Koho-lani calls "Aloha!" to her new friends before heading home.

26: Koho-lani wiggles away to tell her mother and three sisters everything the yoga family said because: Lizards can understand the language of people. Every lizard knows that! | . . .

27: Koho-lani can name these yoga poses. Can you?


29: wherever you live. | Explore yoga; | Can you find Koho-lani? She is on every page! | About Koho-lani Lizards are not native to Hawaii, but arrived there gradually and stayed. Geckos, or lizards, are considered good luck, especially when found in the house. There is a Hawaiian legend about a family of magical lizards and the youngest of the four sisters is named Koho-lani..

30: NOTES FOR THE PARENTS OF LITTLE YOGIS Children imitate their parents. So, why not suggest that they try some fun yoga poses with you? No experience or equipment is necessary. With names from nature, like tree, dog, and butterfly, yoga poses are a natural fit for kids. Children's bodies are so flexible that you might wonder if they were yogis in another life! This book is intended for children between the ages of three and eight, but older children can certainly be included by letting them replace one of the adults in the pictures. How long should we practice each time? Fifteen minutes is sufficient for children under six years old. Twenty-five minutes is suggested for children from six to twelve. Try to hold each pose for one minute. Be creative. For example, find a song that takes one minute to sing. ("The Alphabet Song," sung twice, will work.) You could also count, spell, or tell a story. What are the benefits? Physical: This is a chance to exercise together. Family yoga can improve important aspects of fitness such as coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility in people of all ages. Mental: Yoga can improve many mental skills such as knowing right and left, following directions, concentration, memory, ability to reverse movements and comprehension of spatial relationships. Psychological: Doing yoga poses is a positive family activity. The children, the parents and the yoga poses do not have to be perfect. There is no competitiveness or judgment in yoga. Yoga focuses more on the effort than the outcome. Children can feel proud of their efforts especially when praised by the adults. How do we start? Choose a safe, quiet space indoors or outdoors, take off the shoes and socks, and wear comfortable clothing. Have the kids go to the bathroom beforehand. Don't do yoga on a full stomach.

31: Steps to Follow: 1. Start with a minute or two of stretching. 2. Sit, relax, and take three deep breaths. 3. Choose poses to practice. (You do not have to do every pose every time.) 4. To learn more: find new poses in other books or make up new poses. 5. Know when to stop. If you sense your child is tired or losing interest, go to the last step. 6. Relax for a few minutes. Simply lay down, close your eyes, and relax in silence. About the enclosed CD: When doing an indoor yoga session, turn off the TV and the cell phones and put on some light yoga music such as this CD. Composer Brian Gibson has kindly lent his music to this project. He wrote the music for own little yogis. THE WATERS OF IONIA by Brian Gibson bgibsonmusic.com About the models: The models are a real Hawaiian family. The little yogis are five and seven years old, had no yoga experience, but did a fabulous job. About the author: Jean Carl has been a YMCA instructor since 1987 and is passionate about Iyengar yoga. She is a published fitness/yoga writer and this is her first children's book. It's hard to meet the challenge of finding quality things to do with your children. Sometimes it's difficult to get them to exercise. This is a fun, uplifting way to meet those needs and strengthen family bonds. After doing yoga I hope you will hear the magical words: “When can we play yoga again?” October 29, 2011 - jeancarlyoga@gmail.com

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  • Title: The Yoga Family: A Lizard's Tale
  • My book on family yoga, My Hawaiian relatives
  • Tags: yoga, writing, family, exercise, hawaii, children, Matsukis.
  • Published: about 8 years ago