Let’s come back to the book; how did the idea for your book titled Ocean Yoga come about? Please tell us the story.
Ocean Yoga, self-published by Sabrina Merchant
Li’l Yogis caught the attention of a lot of parents. In the span of just one year, we crossed many milestones. We got featured in a 26-episode series called Mothers Menu on Living Foodz channel. Additionally, we were talked about in leading print and online publications. Subsequently, we also had many collaborations with brands like High Street Phoenix mall, Safari Kid international school, Market City Phoenix. All of this helped the brand scale to new heights.
I started getting calls from parents across the country looking for similar classes in their zone. While I personally had very limited bandwidth for travelling everywhere, Ocean Yoga was all about reaching out to a wider audience. The idea was to be able to help parents all over the country situated in different locations introduce yoga to the kids at an early age in a fun and interactive manner.
What made you decide to create an illustrated storybook of Yoga for young kids? Please share the journey of the book from conception to print.
Kids are born natural yogis. Their muscles are still developing and that provides a canvas that can be stretched and moulded accordingly. But they are also stubborn and don’t listen to instructions at the first instance. The way yoga needs to be introduced to them has to be different from the way it is introduced to adults. It has to be made fun and interactive. Stories always work wonders with kids.
Ocean Yoga was one of the lesson plans I used in class. I usually incorporate elements of nature in my lesson plans. I believe kids connect to nature and are very observant, more than adults. Yoga comes from nature and has a lot of animals in it. Earlier it was believed that man coexisted with animals and everything around us has been derived from that. So I use our history while devising class plans. Naturally, I wanted to include this in Ocean Yoga as well. I chose this as my first theme because I find the underwater world very colourful and versatile. I am also deeply connected to water. Water bodies have always fascinated me. I wanted to show the underwater world and narrate a story that kids would enjoy and learn from.
Of course, the content couldn’t be as heavy as it is during the classes. I only had a picture to show the storyline and the yoga poses. I had to make the book crisp and at the same time, ensure that the child could relate to the story and the pose simultaneously. There is so much to look for in terms of illustration too. While the story is very simple and straightforward, my book emphasises on the poses and the benefits you derive from them.