Watch Me Do Yoga: Children’s Workshop and Book Signing

Nineteen children between the ages of 2½ and 8 showed up for a children’s yoga class and book signing at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York on December 5, 2010 to celebrate the publication of Bobby Clennell’s newest book, Watch Me Do Yoga.

First off Clennell, Intermediate Senior I, read If The Nutcracker Did Yoga, a story written by a student at the Institute, choreographer Pamela Pribisco, and illustrated by Clennell. Carolyn Christie, another teacher at the Institute, enacted yoga poses mentioned in the story.
The children’s yoga class followed. With the exception of helpers or picture takers (and, in a few cases, those who were ‘asked’ to stay by a very young child), adults left the room.

“The class was pure magic!” Clennell says. “I was surprised at how intent, engaged and focused the children were. And their joy touched all of us. This teacher, the parents, the helpers, and the other yoga teachers who were present were all charmed and uplifted.”

The second hour was the book signing. Each child had to be accompanied by at least one adult, but in many cases, the children had brought along grandparents, godparents, uncles, aunts, and friends of the family. “Three or four moms had been in my prenatal class some years earlier,” Clennell said, “and were introducing me to their three- or four-year-olds for the first time.”

The Institute bookkeeper, Elizabeth Pintos, provided mini-cupcakes. Each child went home with a balloon. “I treasure the memory of one child who went home with six balloons, which she somehow managed to squeeze, along with her mother and grandmother, into the elevator,” Clennell says.

Watch Me Do Yoga, written and illustrated by Bobby Clennell. Published by Rodmell Press: