A WHITBY author and artist have teamed together to help children keep fit by channelling an ancient Indian discipline.
Fun With Animal Yoga For Children has been produced by Daphne Wright and Helen Welton and intends to make the relaxation and exercise discipline more accessible to youngsters.
Author Daphne, who ran a yoga class at Caedmon School, said: “I was teaching yoga for about 10 years and a lot of people used to come to my classes and say it was a pity I didn’t do it for children, so I decided to produce this book, with Helen’s help.”
Artist Helen has produced illustrations for each of the different poses and said: “I think it can be enjoyable for children to inhabit the different animals.
“I’m an occupational therapist so I’m used to running groups and I know that children have quite a lot of stress in their lives.
“If they’re sitting at a desk all day it’s quite good if you can take a breath and it’s useful for children to get into a habit where they know how to relieve stress.
“It’s using their creativity as well, which helps children balance their emotions.”
The book is intended for children, with the assistance of adults who can also join in.
It has been produced for use at home, in school or at community centre groups.
Yoga’s goal is the attainment of spiritual insight and tranquillity, so mums are likely to want to pick up the book and get involved too.
Fun With Animal Yoga for Children costs £7 and is available from Whitby Book Clearance, Guisborough Book Shop, Whitby Book Clearance and the Art Cafe.
The Art Cafe is also hosting a book launch today at 6.30pm.