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Children's LiteratureDesigned for parents and children, this handsomely-produced how-to manual uses traditional hatha yoga terminology for the postures, yet presents the material in an easily accessible manner. The introduction is intended for the adult helper and facilitator, combining yoga concepts with contemporary needs and conditions. A sidebar explains the three types of yoga practice and matches them up with the gunas (qualities) of individuals. A warm-up spread offers "safe, playful preparation" for the asanas or postures to follow. Each spread introduces an asana or set of asanas, using both the traditional Sanskrit name for each and a modern equivalent. Simple, clear instructions are accompanied by photographs of children demonstrating the postures. Clear and easy to follow, the sequence opens with the ancient sun salute, and progresses through familiar nature and animal poses (lion, cat, cobra, peacock and so on). These are divided into creatures of the wild, sky, water, and earth. In addition there are ample spreads on shapes, postures for bravery, topsy-turvy postures, relaxation exercises, sense exercises, breathing, and group and partner exercises. In some instances, alternative renditions of standard poses are offered that can accommodate differences in both ability and preference. Following the natural progression of a yoga class, this is an intuitively- designed program. Children should be attracted to the introductory text at the beginning of each asana, and to the full-color photographs. The book is blessedly free of the sentimental commentary that often characterizes such titles. Characterizing yoga as a holistic mind-body approach and not just an exercise regimen, Lark stays true to boththe philosophy and the practical constructs of yoga for our time. Adults who guide kids should find it both practical and informative, much like having a very competent teacher-practitioner at one's side. 2003, Firefly, Ages 8 up.