Grab your kiddos for this sequence from yoga teacher to the stars and author Alanna Zabel's latest children's book, Asana's First Yoga Class.
“I've been teaching yoga camps for kids for 12 years,” says Zabel, the author of several children's books, including The Seven Doors, a kid-friendly version of Deepak Chopra's best-seller, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. "I have kids who were in my camps who are on their way to college...every single one of them is still practicing yoga, and they are such joyous, happy people. If you instill yoga in a child, I’ve found that they’re just more grounded, less [prone to] addiction, happier, more accepting of themselves."
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Zabel's latest book for kids, Asana's First Yoga Class, focuses on Asana, a young girl who is teaching her first yoga class to friends who have traveled from all over the world (the "AZ.I.AM Girlz") to be there. Asana, whose theme is "I AM Active," teaches animal- and nature-inspired poses like Cobra and Grasshopper (Chaturanga) to her friends and their pets. Zabel is also planning future books about all eight characters in Asana's First Yoga Class, based on the eight limbs of yoga, along with corresponding dolls. “I wanted to teach the philosophy of yoga, not just the poses,” she explains. Bonus: 10 percent of the proceeds from sales of the book benefit The Alliance for a Healthier Generation.
Kids as young as pre-school age will love meeting Asana (and her dog, Sukha), as she teaches class outside on her deck overlooking the Santa Monica mountains, and practicing the following 6 poses.