Like a Fish in Water: Yoga for Children

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• A playful introduction to the practice of yoga for the health and well-being of your child.

• Includes step-by-step instructions for more than 20 postures, as well as information on breathing and relaxation exercises.

• Each posture is demonstrated by a child whose image is magically woven into full-color illustrations.

• An invitation for children, ages three and up, to experience the healthy benefits of yoga.

In this exuberant and colorful book, author and illustrator Isabelle Koch introduces children to ...

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Overview

• A playful introduction to the practice of yoga for the health and well-being of your child.

• Includes step-by-step instructions for more than 20 postures, as well as information on breathing and relaxation exercises.

• Each posture is demonstrated by a child whose image is magically woven into full-color illustrations.

• An invitation for children, ages three and up, to experience the healthy benefits of yoga.

In this exuberant and colorful book, author and illustrator Isabelle Koch introduces children to hatha yoga, inviting them into a world of good health and vitality through her use of playful analogies and whimsical illustrations. Like a Fish in Water provides step-by-step instructions for more than 20 yoga postures and the basics of breathing, as well as a variety of relaxation exercises. Each posture is demonstrated by a child whose image is magically woven into the brightly colored backgrounds and accompanied by text that clearly and simply guides the child through the movements, using language accessible to everyone.

Daily yoga practice can provide an island of calm in today's hectic world in which children are continuously bombarded with stimuli. Yoga fosters both physical and emotional health, sharpens focus, and improves attention span. Like a Fish in Water offers parents a perfect opportunity to spend time with their children, while engaging in a healthy and enjoyable activity. So whether it is used to get the day off to a positive start or to wind it down toward a peaceful end, Koch's book and the instruction it offers is ideal for parents, teachers, and, most importantly, children.

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Editorial Reviews

Laurent de Brunhoff
"I never thought that children could really practice Yoga, but Isabelle Koch has found how to speak to them and how to interest them."
Hallie Love
"This simple yet profound stroll through basic principles of hatha yoga engages children in movement and imagination. This wonderful book begins young readers on a journey where they will contemplate thanks towards life; where they may realize that they are very small when compared to the universe; and where they can experience in a gesture the joining of the masculine and feminine energy in all of us."
Mara McLoughlin
"This wildly colorful, thoughtful, and fun book is a perfect introduction to yoga for children."
Yoga Journal
"This is an artful and empathetic introduction that is sure to engage the imagination and curiosity of many a child and lead them to the joys of yoga."
Nora Caterino
" . . . a means for a parent or older sibling who has some basic knowledge of yoga to help the younger family members learn about the many benefits and fun of yoga. However, it would work just as well for both a parent or sibling to learn along with a child."
creator of Babar Laurent de Brunhoff
"I never thought that children could really practice Yoga, but Isabelle Koch has found how to speak to them and how to interest them."
From the Publisher
" . . . a means for a parent or older sibling who has some basic knowledge of yoga to help the younger family members learn about the many benefits and fun of yoga. However, it would work just as well for both a parent or sibling to learn along with a child."

"I never thought that children could really practice Yoga, but Isabelle Koch has found how to speak to them and how to interest them."

"This is an artful and empathetic introduction that is sure to engage the imagination and curiosity of many a child and lead them to the joys of yoga."

"This simple yet profound stroll through basic principles of hatha yoga engages children in movement and imagination. This wonderful book begins young readers on a journey where they will contemplate thanks towards life; where they may realize that they are very small when compared to the universe; and where they can experience in a gesture the joining of the masculine and feminine energy in all of us."

"This wildly colorful, thoughtful, and fun book is a perfect introduction to yoga for children."

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In the preface by Laurent de Brunhoff, his first paragraph provides a good summary: "The practice of Yoga provides mental peace and, at the same time, a consciousness of one's own body. Certain postures develop suppleness and balance, others strengthen muscles." Like me, Laurent started Yoga well into middle age. If I had any idea of the benefits, I would have started much earlier in life and that is why I am delighted to see several good books available for young readers. In this one as with The Kids' Yoga Book of Feelings by Mary Humphry, there is emphasis on the importance of breathing when doing a pose. The introduction provides a little history but not really sufficient to understand the basis of Yoga and what the Mudras really are. Each pose is demonstrated in an illustration and the text explains how to do it and why it is good for the body and mind. The photographs of the girl in the poses are superimposed on backgrounds that have been created by the author. These illustrations have a childlike quality. The twenty described are known by various names and there seems to be a mixture of the Sanskrit and English. The text is fairly complex and the closing section addressing breathing and relaxation exercises is printed in black on a purple background, making it almost impossible to read. The layout and text are not nearly as child friendly as Humphry's book, but a good teacher or parent could use both effectively. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780892817733
  • Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: 1st U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 56
  • Product dimensions: 7.63 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Isabelle Koch was born in Paris and studied dance at an early age at the Mudra School of Maurice Bejart. She has traveled widely throughout India and Southeast Asia. The mother of a ten-year-old daughter, Koch performs contemporary dance for children. She is a graduate of the French Federation of Hatha Yoga and teaches yoga in Paris.

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Table of Contents

Like a Fish in Water
Yoga for Children
The Rag Doll
The Palm Tree
The Triangle
The Frog
The Lion
Yoga Mudra
Maha Mudra
The Autumn Leaf
Shiva Mudra
The Fetus
The Boat
The Plough
The Fish
The Stretching Cat
The Bow
The Cobra
The Flying Bird
The Zig-Zag
The Lying Rag Doll
Anuloma Viloma
Breathing and Relaxation Exercises

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