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Yogi Superhero: The Yogi Superhero Series is an educational picture book for children written by Anna Smithers and illustrated by Martyna Nejman. Smithers is a yoga teacher and therapist who works with children, ages 4-12. The Yogi Superhero program forms the basis for this book and is designed to introduce yogic philosophy, breathing, and movements to young readers. Yogi Superheroes are beings of “love and light.” Their yoga movements make them one with nature and let them appreciate stillness and inner quiet. Sometimes, their minds are too busy with thoughts and negative emotions to fully relax and feel inner peace. At those times, there are special breathing exercises that help restore tranquility.
Anna Smithers’ Yogi Superhero: The Yogi Superhero Series offers teachers and caregivers an exceptional way to introduce yoga to young readers. She incorporates the philosophy of yoga with movements designed to help children experience the whole of yoga rather than focusing on only the physical exercises. Martyna Nejman’s illustrations are fabulous and work so well to convey the sense of love, peace, and being at one with the universe that is the core of yogic philosophy. Each panel is richly colored and eloquently conveys to young readers the limitless potential and adventure that being a Yogi Superhero makes possible. I especially appreciated her cosmic panels and the maritime-themed ones, as well as those panels showing children with bees buzzing around their heads as they try to meditate. Yogi Superhero: The Yogi Superhero Series is most highly recommended.