I began writing Our Household’s Doing Yoga in 2017, when my household wanted it most. I might begun yoga at residence to fight postpartum despair and my youngsters had been allured by my observe. I needed to additional encourage their curiosity so we started on the lookout for books and on-line sources to accompany our journey.
I shortly found that what we had been looking for didn’t exist. We had been in search of a children’s book about household yoga, a guide full of characters that mirrored them. We discovered great books however hardly any that definitively illustrated photos of gorgeous black kids, so we determined to write down our personal.
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Our Household’s Doing Yoga shares the story of affection and enjoyable amongst dysfunction and disarray in a various setting. It displays how training yoga as a household may also help convey calm within the midst of chaos. Black individuals typically discover it exhausting to relaxation of their our bodies and through these present occasions of a nationwide pandemic and heavy racial unrest, it’s extra necessary than ever that all of us take a second to prioritize our psychological well being. Household yoga is very needed as a result of youngsters are nice at imitating, subsequently if their adults start to do yoga, so will they.
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The story and illustrations in Our Household’s Doing Yoga paint an image that yoga will be discovered in every single place and is commonly practiced off the mat. The drawings present that yoga doesn’t must be quiet, in sync or good. In truth, lots of the poses proven are true to the character of a kid, corresponding to an imperfect V in Downward Canine or a barely arched again in Cat Pose.
My want is that this guide expands the picture of yoga. I hope that it provides Black households the mirrors they yearn and white households the home windows into Black experiences that they want. I hope that individuals who would not usually strive yoga are inspired to take action due to my guide and the pictures I share on social media.