Yoga Exercises for Teens: Developing a Calmer Mind and a Stronger Body (SmartFun Activity Books)
Helen Purperhart
HunterHouse Publishers (2008)
ISBN 9780897935036
Reviewed by Neha N. Kashmiri (age 14) for Reader Views (1/09)


Have you ever wanted to start doing yoga? Are you a teenager that can’t find a class that is serious enough to get through an exercise without laughing? Or, you can’t find a class for your own age group? Whether you want to do yoga for spiritual reasons, or to get healthy, or to be less stressed, “Yoga Exercises for Teens” is a great starter book. Though it’s written for teaching a class, anyone can use this book. It has helpful icons marking whether the exercise is for advanced students or if the exercise is supposed to be done in pairs. It also includes the eight yoga rules for life, the five precepts, and the five yoga abstinences.

I personally think that the exercises marked for advanced students weren’t that hard and that some of the unmarked exercises were kind of hard. But it is true that after a while I wasn’t as stressed out as usual and that I was more flexible than before. “Yoga Exercises for Teens” by Helen Purperhart is recommended for teachers starting to teach a yoga class and for teenagers wanting to try out yoga without really making a commitment.

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