- 28 pages
- Standard Color
- 8.5 x 8.5 inches
- Young Children (7-11 yrs old)
- eBook (epub, pdf)
- 978-1-5255-3334-1 eBook
- 978-1-5255-3333-4 Paperback
- 978-1-5255-3332-7 Hardcover
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Health & Daily Living
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Health & Daily Living, Fitness & Exercise
- Juvenile Nonfiction, Body, Mind & Spirit
Yoga, Children, Inclusiveness, Friendship, Peace, Bonds, Adventure
Matilda and her Magical Mat
Yoga for Every body
Matilda and Her Magical Mat is a part story book and part instruction book on the miracles of yoga that’s told by way of Matilda, a nine-year-old girl full of wonder and love who seeks not only adventure, but peace and calm. She gets both—and helps others—thanks to the special magic of yoga poses and breathing.
In this tale, our free spirit meets a young girl at the park whose nickname is “Wheelz.” Wheelz doesn’t think she can join in on the other kids’ yoga because she is in a wheelchair. But Matilda and her friends convince the newcomer that yoga is just as open to her as to anyone, and Wheelz signs on for a wild, yoga-powered ride that delivers them all into outer space. By the end, everyone is thrilled to have taken the virtual trip—and to have had a new friend come along.
This simple tale—aimed at kids with a love for yoga and adventure (and at their parents)—has much to say about the calming capabilities of yoga. On this common ground, playfulness, creativity, peace, and laughter await.
Kerry Moeller has been an Education Assistant with the Durham District School Board for nine years. In that role, she’s long seen the importance of children being aware of their bodies, importance of movement and creativity. She’s also witnessed the value of teaching them calming and mindfulness techniques to help deal with a variety of stresses.
Kerry has undertaken Yoga training for both children and adults, running programs that build confidence, community and connection. She is also a Reiki and Aromatouch practioner and Wedding Officiant. She has always wanted to be a writer and hopes Matilda and Her Magical Mat will spark conversations among parents, teachers, and children about the powers of not only yoga, but of inclusiveness, disabilities, and friendships.
Kerry lives in Hampton, Ontario, enjoying country life with her kids, fur animals, and of course, her yoga mat.
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