by Lauren Hoffmeier. Illustrations by Ela Smietanka. Published by Sweet Cherry Publishing, £12.99. Coming out in June 2021. Suitable for 5-8 year olds.
Reviewed by Motherdom Editorial Board member and yoga therapist Shweta Panchal.
Give yoga a try with Mula and the Fly!
Mula is a very sleepy tiger. But with the help of a mischievous little Fly, Mula learns to wake up, get moving, and make her dreams come true!
Mula and the Fly is a sweet and joyful story with beautiful and vibrant illustrations. In a playful and engaging way, it shows children how the practice of yoga can wake us up to the power of our potential and the truth of our being.
Manhattan-based certified vinyasa yoga teacher, Lauren Hoffmeier, is the author of this picture book that promotes mindfulness and introduces children to the basic yoga poses.
Lauren (a Boston University Theater Arts graduate) developed a passion for storytelling and encouraging laughter, happiness and mindfulness after swapping the stage and screen for her yoga mat and instead qualifying as a children’s yoga teacher.
For Lauren, inspiring positivity and promoting the joyful benefits of yoga and mindfulness is at the heart of her story, as well as making the art of yoga accessible for beginners.
A keen traveller, Lauren volunteered in the Periyar Tiger Reserve in southern India at just nineteen years old, and it was there that she learned the art of yoga, in which she embarked on a career back home in New York City.
Lauren’s picture book draws inspiration from an intruding little fly that landed on her yoga mat in the middle of a practical exam. Through a sleepy tiger and the help of a mischievous little fly, Mula and the Fly aims to encourage positivity, deep breathing and above all, provide a soft introduction to some basic yoga poses.