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Yoga for You

64p. glossary. index. websites. Quarto. Apr. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9781633223196.
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Gr 5–8—With a sturdy board cover and bright layout, this upbeat introduction to yoga will attract tweens with an interest in exploring the practice. Throughout, text is broken up into short, easy-to-understand blocks. ("A Brief History" is three sentences; "The Science of Yoga" is four sentences.) Colors, patterns, arrows, and numbers decorate the pages and keep the clear information flowing. Shaded boxes clarify terms and expand on concepts, such as "Is Yoga a Religion?" and "Iso-what Exercise?" The first section offers an overview of yoga. The book continues with clearly illustrated and explained poses for "An Energizing Yoga Sequence" (17 poses), followed by "A Calming Yoga Sequence" (18 poses). English and Sanskrit names for poses are included. The volume concludes with pages on how to choose a yoga class, mindfulness, meditation, and more. The colorful artwork depicts a diverse group of athletic and friendly young teens. Overall, the author's approach emphasizes fitness, avoiding religious or spiritual overtones. Tips on knee safety and modifications are in keeping with the health-oriented "you can do it" attitude.
VERDICT Presenting yoga as a healthful practice and providing material in a safe and approachable way, this title is recommended for libraries that serve upper elementary and middle school students and have a need for youth-friendly how-to yoga resources.

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