Watch Me Do Yoga

Written and Illustrated by Bobby Clennell. Berkeley, CA: Rodmell Press, 2010. ISBN: 978-1930485-266. 32 pages. $15.95.

Reviewed by Vicki Aldridge

Watch Me Do Yoga is pure delight. Bobby Clennell's joyful rhymes and vividly clear drawings of a little girl discovering yoga with her family and pets will captivate the reader, regardless of age. Children will enjoy the beautiful illustrations and numerous items to identify along the way. Even the little girl's teddy bear participates, sometimes doing a pose and at other times as an observer, making a final appearance in Savasana.

Bobby Clennell teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and holds an Intermediate Senior I certification. She is a former film animator whose love of drawing and yoga has blended together in this creative artistic form. Her last book, The Woman's Yoga Book: Asana and Pranayama for All Phases of the Menstrual Cycle, is a valuable resource for teachers and students, containing her detailed drawings and sequences to assist women during their menstrual cycle.

I believe this new light-hearted children's book of yoga for fun will be a favorite for many, and one that will be enjoyed over and over. The vivid illustrations and lively colors of the animals, like lions, fish, and tortoises, beckon the reader to participate. Give a small child in your life the gift of yoga by introducing this book to him or her. I believe you will enjoy the opportunity to play along and will be glad that you did!

Vickie Aldridge is a certified Junior Intermediate I Iyengar Yoga instructor. She lives with her husband, Jerry, also a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, in Boise, Idaho. They own the Boise Yoga Center and also teach yoga for Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho.