Books are a great addition to a kids yoga class, as I have mentioned before. We get to do poses representing animals and objects in the illustrations, but also get to think about the message in the book. Last week, I brought a very cool book to share with the younger ones at this Club I teach. To my surprise, they saw the cover and exclaimed, “Pete the Cat!” One of the students even said he had watched a video related with this book in his preschool! I had no idea Pete the Cat was so popular… My daughters are now teenagers and I have been out of the loop of “what’s in” for little kids, so I usually browse the library and pick up books that grab my eye.
Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses, written by Kimberly and James Dean, is a fun book with a few sentences in each page and colorful illustrations. The animals in this book – cat, toad, squirrel, turtle, alligator, owl – can be imitated with yoga poses, and so can some actions, such as riding a motorcycle or skateboarding. The book has a great, deep message in it, which is well put in words, totally accessible to the preschool-kindergarten age group. The animals come to think they need special sunglasses to see the beauty in the world, when in fact it is real and you just need to pay attention to be able to see it.
In order to give the kids a chance to experience this concept, I brought in fun sunglasses for them to try on, see things in different shades and shapes, and then try to look at the world in a fun way without the sunglasses. And they said, “Whoa! This is so pretty!” while looking at the walls around them. I believe that when we let go of preconceptions and judgments, we are able to appreciate what is around us way more. To see the beauty and newness in life doesn’t have to be limited to kids only.
Here is a picture of two of my students enjoying a new view of the world: