By Melissa Rollins, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week, students at the Darlington County Library were moving, shaking and stretching. As part of the summer reading program, students were learning about yoga with instructor and author Kara Adams.
Adams talked to several dozen kids about working hard for what they want.
“When you want something really badly, you can make it happen,” Adams said. “One time, I had some trouble and I didn’t have a house to live in and I had to look for one. I had to work really hard for one.”
Adams said that when it came to writing the books in her ‘Little Yogis’ series, that hard work paid off.
“With my books, I had to work really hard,” Adams said. “I practiced drawing every day; I had to make sure I kept telling people about my books.”
The main character in her books is Joy the Ladybug. Joy has many different adventures and meets a variety of people. No matter what, Joy always has a positive attitude.
“I like these books because Joy the ladybug gets stuck and she runs into a couple of grouchy people,” Adams said. “Do you ever run into grouchy people? They are just in a bad mood and you wonder ‘Why can’t they smile.’ Well just because they’re not smiling doesn’t mean that you can’t smile…Sometimes we have to help people like that and if they don’t want help, don’t take it personally.”
Adams said that no matter their situation, the kids should remember to ‘Breathe, relax and know that everything is going to be okay no matter what happens.’
After sharing a little bit about herself and her books, Adams showed the children how to do several yoga poses, including Warrior Pose, Bhujangasana, Sun Salutation and Lotus Position.
Adams’ book is available to check out at the Darlington County Library.
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