By BONNIE J. GORDON
Los Alamos Daily Post
Author and yoga instructor Charlotte Cummings always knew she wanted to write a children’s book. The idea came to her that she could combine this desire with her passion for yoga and the seed was planted for ‘Frankenstein Teaches Yoga,’ recently published by Upland Kids of Santa Fe.
“I want parents to be able to share yoga with their kids through the book,” Cummings said. “It gives them a chance to do something together that they both enjoy.”
Cummings volunteers with children at the YMCA After School Program, so she has a lot of experience teaching children yoga.
“The kids really like it,” she said.
Cummings chose the character of Frankenstein, or “Frankie” because “he seemed so stiff,” Cummings said. “I wanted to make him more flexible!”
Cummings wanted a character that would appeal to kids and a monster seemed to fit the bill.
One of the unique features of the book is the illustration style. Cummings mapped out what she wanted the illustrations to look like, and an artist reproduced her original drawings.
“The postures had to be exactly right and I wanted the labeling to be clear,” Cummings said.
The pictures are also cute and appealing.
Cummings grew up in Los Alamos where she now lives. She has studied yoga for 10 years and has taught students of all ages. She uses a number of types of yoga to best fit her students.
Cummings got involved with yoga as a college student at her mother’s suggestion. Her mother thought it would improve her health and she has seen great results. She also enjoys the meditational aspects of yoga, as well as the stress relief. These benefits are great for all ages, Cummings said.
Join Cummings 1-3 p.m. Saturday at reading event for families at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos.