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Sonja Radvila

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Sonja has been a student, practitioner, and eventual teacher of yoga since 1999. This book is a culmination of her own journey of understanding Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.

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Sonja Radvila is originally from Colorado and has a BA in Anthropology and a BFA in Film Production from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She first began studying yoga in 1999 while learning Bharata Natyam, an Indian classical dance style, in Chennai, India. She explored different styles for the next few years, enjoying Sivananda, Iyengar and Ashtanga methods. Since 2004, she has been a daily practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, and made her first trip to the heartland of the practice in Mysore, India, in 2005. She spent 8 1/2 years working as a video editor first at Starz! in Denver, Colorado and then at The Discovery Channel in Silver Spring, Maryland, all the while practicing and learning Ashtanga yoga. Afterwords, she moved to Ireland and began teaching Ashtanga yoga in 2008 in Dublin, and since 2010 has been teaching internationally while maintaining regular visits to Mysore for study and practice in yoga asana, chanting and philosophy, and dance. She is an Authorized Level II teacher by the Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Sonja was published in the June 2013 issue of Cat Fancy magazine for an article on cat cafes in Tokyo. She is the founder and creator of Rasa Malas, which specializes in intuitively designed jewelry and unique vintage jewelry from India. After eight years on the road, she now resides in Portugal.

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Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters

Patanjali's classic Yoga Sutras through a Child's Eye

Mind is a monster! Patanajali's classic Yoga Sutras through a child's eye.

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Mind is a monster! Patanjali's classic Yoga Sutras seen through a child's eye. Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters is not a children's book. The aim is to make the complex philosophy of Patanjali more understandable and fun for the reader, like the Tao of Poo or The Little Prince of yoga books. The first 51 sutras of Patanjali's "Samadhi Padah," or first chapter, serve as the structure, and this is the first book to ever depict the sutras sequentially in the form of a story. The action is driven by the journey of Young Yogi as he battles the Mind Monsters and through a colorful array of characters he meets along the way. From a zany holy cow and Zen-like surfing dude to the pop sensations The Imaginations, even the bullies, grumpy teachers, and rickshaw-racing superstars have something to teach Young Yogi.

The book is also comparative in intent. Each sutra is annotated so the reader can reference a traditional interpretation in an appendix. The traditional sutras are translated exclusively for the book by Luke Jordan, who holds an MA in Indian Religions from the University of Wales, Lampeter, and is also a Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher giving workshops in yoga philosophy, chanting, and asana around the world. His work was recently published in the UK yoga magazine, Pushpam

The book features thirteen original, full-page, color illustrations by professional artist Kaori Hamura Long, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris, whose clients include Time Out, Interview, Mademoiselle, Anna Sui, Nickelodeon, and MTV. Her work has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Berlin, and Tokyo. She was the recipient of the Altpick Awards, Illustration Series in 2007 and the Silver Awards from The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in 2003. The foreword is written by Dena Kingsberg, Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher with over thirty years experience. Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters is 13,842 words (unusual word count, covering only Patanjali's first chapter). It is purposely short and simple in keeping with the brevity of the sutras themselves. This is the first book in a series of four, correlating with each of Patanjali's four chapters, and is 100% complete.

Disguised as a whimsical story, Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters is a gift for readers looking to understand the rich, ancient, and mind-bending philosophy of Patanjali.

Outline

Foreword Written by Dena Kingsberg, Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher with over 30 years experience as a senior student of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. 

Author's Note This explains the annotated feature in the book, so the reader may refer to and compare each sutra with a traditional interpretation in an appendix.

Prologue: An Ordinary Boy This briefly introduces the reader to the world and magic of Young Yogi.

The Nightmare Young Yogi is tormented by nightly visits from the Mind Monsters, a signal to his parents he is ready to learn about yoga and end his suffering, which comes from identifying with the movements of the mind. Covers sutras 1-4.

Monkey Business Through the antics of a cheeky monkey, Young Yogi and his stuffed chicken Paco, learn more about the Mind Monsters and their five Mind Tricks. Covers sutras 5-7.

Snakes and Ladders At home, Young Yogi learns through mundane chores how to discern the Mind Monsters with his mom, while his levitating father clarifies correct seeing and false knowledge. Covers sutras 8-9.

The Imaginations A glamorous pop trio appear in the clouds and through their song teach Young Yogi and Paco not to think! Covers sutras 10-11.

Surf's Up (and Down) Young Yogi is bullied by his nemesis, Bharat. His surfing guru, Anders teaches him about practice, non-attachment and "being total, dude." Covers sutras 13-16.

The Magic Meadow Young Yogi meets the zany Holy Cow, who through magic seeds, plant medicine, cosmic movie screens, hot chili peppers, and the ommmingales' song teaches him all about meditative absorption and pure consciousness. Young Yogi has his first taste of truth. Covers sutras 17-29.

The Worst Day Ever At school, Mr. Siva terrifies the class with the nine Monster Magnets and a test. Young Yogi and Bharat get detention. Young Yogi seeks solace with a wise coconut man. Covers sutras 30-32.

In the Banyans  After a fight, Young Yogi and Bharat learn about compassion and opposing virtues from O'Banyan, an old tree of Irish persuasion, who reveals the infinite connection of the forest and all things. The boys become friends and must race against the clock to escape the great banyan forest. Covers sutra 33. 

Joy House The boys meet Chai Wallah, Sadhu Sam, and Snake Charmer who show them how to live free of the Mind Monsters just in time to escape the forest's Mind Maze. Rickshaw Rita gives them a lift with a cosmic detour. Covers sutras  34-40. 

Under the Water Young Yogi falls into the water and experiences the expanse of reality through unmanifested awareness. On the surface, Paco scrambles to get help and finds Anders who tries to save the boy. Covers sutras 41-51.

Epilogue Teases the next installment of the Young Yogi story. Patanjali's second chapter, "Sadhana Padah," is all about the path to the goal. Young Yogi on the Road is just that path.

Appendix Contains a traditional translation of the Yoga Sutras for reference. Translated by Luke Jordan, who holds an MA in Indian Religions from the University of Wales in Lampeter, UK, and is also a Certified Ashtanga yoga teacher.

Acknowledgements A message of gratitude for those who have supported this book.


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Young Yogi and the Mind Monsters is written primarily for adults interested in a fun and easy way to understand the complex yoga  philosophy presented in the original Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Because it is illustrated and written in a simple, comparative style is can be enjoyed by a younger readership as well. More specifically, yoga practitioners, yoga teachers, teachers in training, studio owners, the young and young at heart, and those interested in spirituality and Eastern philosophy are the potential audience for this book.

A 2016 survey on yoga in America conducted by Yoga  Journal and Yoga Alliance had some key findings on its growth and popularity in American culture: 

-The number of yoga practitioners (in the US) has increased from 20.4 million in 2014 to 36 million in 2016.

-There are now more male and older practitioners than ever before (approximately 10 million men and almost 14 million people over fifty).

-37% of the children (under eighteen) of practitioners have practiced yoga.

-Awareness of yoga has increased from 75% in 2012 to 90% in 2016.

-Yoga is a booming business, generating 16 billion dollars in 2016 from only 10 billion in 2012.

Thirty-six million practitioners in America alone are potential readers of this book. Not everyone who practices physical yoga postures will become interested in the philosophy, but many will. According to the survey, practitioners get 13% of there information from books, while yoga teachers, and those in teacher training, get 29% of their information from books. 

Yoga teacher trainings are big business and there are 878 Yoga Alliance-accredited programs recognized around the world today (and many more unaccredited). A standard 200-hour teacher training requires 30 hours of philosophy which includes, "the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts such as the Yoga Sutras." The prevalence and growth of these programs provides another group of potential buyers of Young Yogi.

There is definite interest in the subject and a need for better understanding of the Sutras themselves. For example, Edwin F. Bryant's 2009 book, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: A New Addition, Translation and Commentary is a recent example as a #1 best seller on Amazon in Religion and Spirituality, Hinduism, Sutras. 

The 2012 revised edition of  The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali: Commentary on the Raja Yoga Sutras by Sri Swami Satchidananda (Integral Yoga Publications) is a #2 Amazon best seller in Eastern Indian Philosophy and #3 in Excercise and Fitness, Yoga. These are just two examples.

While not focused on the Yoga Sutras, Rachel Brathen’s Yoga Girl was a New York Times best seller in 2015, a great indicator of the growing interest in yoga.


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Sonja has been teaching yoga exclusively for over ten years, beginning in Dublin, Ireland. Since 2010 she has been teaching internationally and as such has connections with yoga communities, students and studios in the following countries: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, France, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA.

Sonja has +1669 friends on Facebook and nearly 600 followers on Instagram. Typically, she teaches in 3–6 different places per year working with groups from 10–40 students at a time. While primarily teaching asana classes, she also offers workshops in chanting and philosophy of the Yoga Sutras.

To promote the book the author will:

  • Establish a website, create a blog, monthly newsletter, interactive forum, schedule and media kit for the book.

  •  Send promotional copies to yoga studio contacts, high-profile teachers of Ashtanga yoga and other yoga styles, as well as authors and scholars in the field of yoga philosophy.

  • Seek endorsements from published authors she knows personally. 

  • Send promotional copies to yoga magazines, on-line yoga journals and wellness websites.

  • Create a giveaway contest to promote interest in the book via the Young Yogi website and social media. 

  • Use the book when teaching workshops on the Yoga Sutras. Young Yogi complements the group study of the sutras, adding lightness and humor. 

  • Offer readings and talks at yoga studios and bookshops. 

  • Participate in any promotional activity online through forums, interviews, and book clubs.


Competition

The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff (Penguin, 1983, 158 pages). Explains Taoist philosophy through Winnie the Pooh and characters. Young Yogi explains the Yoga Sutras through a quirky cast of characters, simple storytelling, colorful illustrations, and shorter text.

The Path of the Yoga Sutras: A Practical Guide to the Core of Yoga, Nicolai Bachman (Sounds True, 2015, 296 pages). Presents the teachings of Patanjali with a contemporary tangibility. Young Yogi differs in its simplicity, playfulness, illustrations, and brevity.

Ramayana: Divine Loophole, Sanjay Patel (Chronicle Books, 2010, 186 pages). Reimagines the epic story of the Ramayana with incredible illustrations and text in a large format. Young Yogi creates a story out of the Yoga Sutras to simplify and update philosophical understanding with less images and smaller book size.

The Little Book of Hindu Deities: From the Goddess of Wealth to the Sacred Cow, Sanjay Patel (Plume, 2006, 144 pages). Relies on its colorful illustrations to explain the deities in the Hindu pantheon. Young Yogi follows a story form with more text and less illustrations.

A Child's Journey into Yoga: Based on the Core Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Lydia Nitya Griffith (The Arrival LLC, 2014, 144 pages). Informs children, their parents, and their teachers about yoga through the Yoga Sutras with suggested class activities throughout. Young Yogi’s emphasis is not on children’s understanding of yoga specifically, nor is it a workbook of suggested activities and lessons.

Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life, Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.D., P.T. (Shambhala, 2015, 192 pages). Uses the Yoga Sutras and more to inspire spiritual living today. Young Yogi is not a self-help book, but rather it serves to help one’s understanding of the Yoga Sutras.

The Show-off Monkey and other Taoist Tales, Mark W. McGinnis (Shambhala, 2017, 80 pages). Shares the teachings of Chuang Tzu and thirty-three tales to explore Taoist wisdom with readers of all ages, with illustrations. Young Yogi uses the continuity of one story to depict the first fifty-one sutras of the Yoga Sutras.

The Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary PractitionerThe Inner Tradition of Yoga: A Guide to Yoga Philosophy for the Contemporary Practitioner, Michael Stone (Shambhala, 2008, 320 pages). Presents the depths of yogic teachings beyond the physical exercise and into modern life. Young Yogi focuses solely on conveying the Yoga Sutras to contemporary understanding through the guise of a story.

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The Imaginations
Young Yogi and Paco rested on their backs on the soft grass looking at the passing clouds in the sky. “Do you see that elephant?” asked Paco, pointing with his claw.

“Yes! Do you see a race car over there?” asked Young Yogi.

“Yes!” Paco clapped. “It looks more like your mom’s car though.”

“I see a castle.”

“I see it, too. I see it!” replied Paco. “Do you see what I see? Do you see . . . The Imaginations?”

“I see them,” answered Young Yogi. They sat back and readied themselves for a great show. A camera crew emerged, then a gaggle of photographers with flashing cameras and a great crowd of spectators. A man with a toothy smile appeared in a sleek suit and shiny, slicked-back hair. He winked at the camera and adjusted his tie.

“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s who you’ve all been waiting for,” he winked again at Paco and Young Young Yogi. “It’s my great pleasure to announce the ONE. The ONLY. The Imaginations!” An audience appeared and applauded wildly.

“Thank you, Russell,” answered Marvella in a silky smooth voice. She was the elegant lead singer with a giant bouffant and red sequined gown, sandwiched between two other singers equally beautiful in glamorous dresses. They went straight into their song.

Think! sang Marvella.
Don't think! chimed the backup singers.
Think about what your head does to you!
Think!
Don't think!
Think about what your head does to you!

They danced in unison, and Marvella continued her verse.

Mind is your imagination
Like a mad TV on every station
Thoughts will control you
Take their hold and mold you
And run you to the ground...

You better think!
hmmm, don't think!
Think what your head does to you!
Freedom, freedom, freedom! They reached a crescendo.

Don't think!

The crowd went wild. As The Imaginations sang, their heads and arms multiplied high into the air. Young Yogi and Paco danced and jumped and laughed and clapped with the crowd around them.

“Thank you very much,” said one of Marvella’s heads, her silky voice hardly out of breath from such a performance. “We’re The Imaginations.” The crowd was cheering and screaming loudly. “We love you. We love everyone, baby!”

*
(1.10) That night Young Yogi hit his pillow tired from the day but determined to stay awake and avoid another night with the Mind Monsters. Before he knew it, he was asleep, and it was deep and uneventful.

(1.11) Young Yogi surprised himself hours later when he woke up without reason. He wondered in the dark if nothing happening at all was a Mind Trick too. Then he began to stare at the popcorn ceiling in the moonlight. He was sure he could make out the faces of the monsters, the glimmering sharpness of their teeth, their scaly skin, weird eyeballs, and terrible odor. He shivered. It was only a memory.

“Aha!” he exclaimed and nudged the chicken. “Paco! Memory does it too! The monsters aren’t here, but my memory of them makes it seem like it.”

“What?” asked the chicken, rubbing his eyes. ¨There’s no monsters, Yogi. Go back to sleep.”

“That’s what I just said!” replied Young Yogi. Paco was snoring once again.

Surf’s Up (and Down)
It was Saturday morning, Young Yogi’s favorite day of the week. Time to surf! He was out the door first-thing and off to the beach when all of a sudden a rock hit him in the head. It smarted! He couldn’t tell where it came from. He looked around feeling the knot form on his forehead.

“Well, well, well,” said a menacing voice from the bushes.

Bharat. Young Yogi’s heart sank as the knot in his forehead fell into his throat. “Looks like baby Yogi wants to surf! Do you even know how to swim?”

“Bharat, I’m just trying to get to the beach. Please just leave me alone.” He could see the oversized bully clearly now from behind the bushes, and he wasn’t alone.

“Let’s get him!” hollered Bharat gesturing to his two smaller friends. They began to throw a storm of crab apples at him. Young Yogi tried to dodge them with his surf board and tripped himself. Getting up with skinned knees, he ran away as fast as he could.

“That’s it! Run you chicken. Just like your stuffed doll, Paco!” The boys laughed, kicking some trashcans over as they watched Young Yogi scurry off.

Young Yogi caught his breath near the beach when he realized he wasn’t being chased. He was relieved to see Anders in the distance as the sun rose high over the waves.

“Hey, little dude, c’mon!” Anders yelled waving to Young Yogi as he ran across the sand. Anders had golden skin, blond locks of hair, and only ever wore surfing shorts.

“Dude, there are some righteous waves today, lil’ Yogi!” exclaimed Anders. “Let’s get to it. Dude. What happened to you?” He eyed the frazzled boy. “You okay?”

“Sure Anders,” said Young Yogi, trying to act cool. “I just didn´t sleep too much cause the Mind Monsters were out to get me.” He knew everyone had Mind Monsters, not everyone had a bully to contend with.

“Looks like more than Mind Monsters, dude,” said Anders, raising his eyebrows. Young Yogi looked away embarrassed. Anders could tell he didn’t want to talk about it.

(1.12) “Oh, right. Yeah, those monsters with their mind tricks can be tough, dude. Fer sure.” Anders began waxing his board. “But you can, like totally, stop them if you want to, ya know?”

“Seriously?” asked Young Yogi. “How?”

Anders jumped up, grabbed his board, and ran toward the water. “Let’s surf lil’ dude. C’mon!”

They got into the water. “The best way to learn is by practice, then dude, you just have to let it go,” said Anders as they waited for the waves to roll in. “It’s all yours Yogi, get this one coming!” Young Yogi began to paddle. He felt the swell and popped up on his board, riding the wave close to shore before he fell.

(1.13) “Remember when you couldn’t even get up?” asked Anders laughing. “Dude, you’ve come a long way just by trying over and over, totally.” Anders caught the next wave and rode gracefully through the pipeline, smiling and gliding with ease, like a human porpoise.

“Whoa! That was awesome!” yelled Young Yogi. “Someday I want to ride like that.”

(1.14) Anders swam up to him immediately. “You can, dude! You can! Just like, practice the right way. A lot. And for, like a really long time, and without too many breaks. You gotta be total, dude!”

Young Yogi took the next wave, and it gobbled him instantly. He came up shaken and mad, and slapped the water in frustration.

“Chill out, lil’ man! You’ve got the eagerness, but check the ‘tude, dude. Stay positive no matter what!” Young Yogi tried again. And again. And again. He was waterlogged, and the salt stung his wounded knees. Everyone was catching waves but him. He’d had enough.

They floated into shore. How could he suddenly hate something he loved so much? It was the worst Saturday ever. They rested on the shore, snacking on apples and watching the water. Young Yogi was unusually quiet.

(1.15) “Wanna know somethin’ else?” asked Anders, breaking the silence.

“Sure,” said Young Yogi, crunching miserably on his apple.

“Try to not to want stuff too much,” Anders said, eating half his apple in one bite. “Like whether it’s real like a wave or a toy or somethin’, or like a hot babe.”

Young Yogi brightened thinking of his dream bike, the Garuda 9000, with its magic bell, rickshaw driver’s horn, and shiny red seat. Anders was thinking of Bette Sharma.

“It’s a drag, isn´t it?” questioned Anders. “Not getting what you think you want, huh? But if you get over wanting stuff, there’d be, like, nothing to be sad about, right? Got it, lil’ dude?” They both snapped out of their daydreams and laughed. Young Yogi felt a little bit better.

(1.16) “Being free, dude, is not wanting anything at all, like anything,” said Anders.

“That seems nearly impossible,” sighed Yogi. He got up and put on his t-shirt getting ready to go. Anders was rubbing zinc on his nose.

“Lil’ Yogi,” he said, “these are like directions, ya know? Not like rules or anything like that. They’re just like, to show you the way, little man.”

“Thanks Anders,” said Young Yogi. “I’ll see you later.” He grabbed his board and headed toward home without the usual spring in his step.

“Be total, dude! Be total!” yelled Anders as he watched Young Yogi become a speck in the distance.





  • Update #4 - Young Yogi Update Jan. 3, 2019

    Dear Friends & Supporters,

    Happy New Year! Thank you again for your tremendous support. Because of you, we not only met our goal, but far exceeded it-645 pre-orders! 

    What next? Well now, we're in the process of communicating with interested publishers and the various opportunities that come. This phase could ...


  • Update #3 - One Week To Go! Dec. 8, 2018

    Hello Friends & Supporters, 

    This is the final stretch and we are so very close now to reaching the goal of 500. This wouldn't be ...


  • Update #2 - Half-Way There! Nov. 23, 2018

    Hi Friends & Supporters!

    In only one week we've passed the half-way point to our goal! We are truly grateful for the show of support ...


  • Update #1 - Young Yogi So Far Nov. 17, 2018

    Dear Friends & Supporters,

    In just 2 days Young Yogi has hit the 25% mark, that's over 200 orders so far. We're so happy and excited and grateful. Thank you all so ...


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  • Chris Philson
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 8:47 a.m.

    Congratulations Sonja...Best of luck with your adventure 🕉

  • Yvan Lamelas Polo
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 8:48 a.m.

    Congratulations dear! Love you and miss you a lot :) I will hopefully see you and Luke soon. Big kiss. Yvan (from Rotterdam)

  • Pooja Guptar
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 9:23 a.m.

    Wow Sonja, thank you for writing Young Yogi and putting all the love and effort into it. Eventhough I haven't read it yet, because of all this love and because of everything the book is about I already love it so much and truly hope it's gonna get published soon!

  • Julia Birkner
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:01 a.m.

    I am sooo excited to read the book to my little son! Thank you for writing the book, Sonya and happy to be able to support you 😊 love! Julia

  • Anya Milne
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:13 a.m.

    Good luck Sonja! Cant wait to see and read 💕

  • Pamela Ramnares
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

    I wish you the best of luck with this beautiful initiative, Sonja. Can't wait to read your book. Lots of love, Pamela

  • Anna Costanza
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:22 a.m.

    Deae Sonja, very happy to support your beautiful friend project! looking forward to receive it! Big hug! Anna

  • Gabriella Nicholson
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

    Amazing 🌟I am so pleased for you Sonja, so much love and hard work had gone into this book and we can’t wait to see and read the book😘
    Gabriella and Family 🙏🏼

  • Ann MC Donald
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 11:09 a.m.

    Such an inspiration you are beautful Sonja ,,,everything about this wonderful book is so filled with grace ,and wonder ,,xx

  • Cristina Repas
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 11:33 a.m.

    What a beautiful project! Can't wait to get my copy and I am rooting you get the 500 copies!

  • B kaalen
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 12:06 p.m.

    Dear Sonja Good luck with the publishing of Young Yogi, I am looking forward to read it <3 Love Barbara Kaalen, Holland

  • Tim Feldmann
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 12:32 p.m.

    looks delightfully awesome, sonja. cant wait to read it <3

  • Xamira Möhlmann
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

    I am very grateful to help you on the publishing journey and more important adding a creative philosophy book to my collection written by a friend and inspiration ❤️

  • Cathy Pearson
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 12:37 p.m.

    Sonja, this is just incredible. I can only image how hard you have worked to bring this to life! Stunning illustrations too. I am SO PROUD of you! Go girl xxxx

  • Kaori Long
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

    Great Job Sonja! Hope we'll reach the goal!! :)

  • Katherine Wiedmann
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 1:02 p.m.

    Fantastic work Sonja! I am so excited to get my hands on a copy!! xo

  • Roberta Mozeris
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 1:20 p.m.

    Incredible . Cannot wait for our copy to arrive . Sending love 💕

  • Natalie Evans
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 1:42 p.m.

    Can't wait to read this to my daughters! Such a lovely idea for a book - thank you :)

  • Maria Caldwell
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 1:55 p.m.

    I love this Sonja! Wishing you all the best for this project and everything - and hopefully catch up in next time you are in Galway - seeing as I live there now!!! Much love to you xxx

  • Nuno Filipe
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 2:20 p.m.

    Sonja! I have no doubt that I'll love and live your book through the eyes of the Young Yogi. What a privilege it is to know you. Love, Nuno

  • Marta Lane
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

    Thank you for sharing your dream. Looking forward to holding a copy in my hands.

  • Marion Rovers
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

    So happy that you (almost) finished this fantastic book. I totally loved your storytelling at the start of your project! Good luck with last little bit. X

  • Tim Hatcher
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

    Congrats Sonja, can't wait to read it with Dash and Sarah.

  • Rita Radvila
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

    Much love to you, my beautiful and cherished daughter. I am waiting with bated breathe to hold and read your very special book! This is really so genuinely exciting for you and for me, too!

  • Sophie De Vos
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 4:55 p.m.

    Really looking forward to receiving your story, your book. Good luck Sonja. Big hug, Sophie 🧡📙

  • Fiona Walsh
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

    Wishing you every success Sonja. Love Fiona & Joe

  • Daria Henning
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

    what a wonderful book it seems...:) looking very much forward to receive it :) good luck!

  • Lisa Goodrich
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 7:11 p.m.

    I'm so excited to read this! Congratulations on your continuing adventures.

  • jo jordan
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 7:44 p.m.

    Hi Sonya - Total it lil dude! Congratulations on such a funny, beautiful book. It's a book my whole family, kids and adults, are going to treasure. Love Jo, Nick and Astrid.

  • Priya Jhawar
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:11 p.m.

    Beautiful Sonja!! So happy for you and this wonderful gift you are sharing with young yogis everywhere!

  • Joan Isbell
    on Nov. 15, 2018, 10:13 p.m.

    Cant wait to see your insprired creation, Sonja.

  • Mandy Beun
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 6:54 a.m.

    Thank you Sonja. I’m realy excited to read the full story. Hope my daughter will love it to.
    🙏 Mandy

  • Sanne Djaroud-Luesink
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 12:30 p.m.

    Looking forward to Reading your book! Fingers crossed that it gets published. Good luck

  • Leila Garcia
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 1:52 p.m.

    Congratulations! You're an inspiration; and it's been so exciting to watch you take flight and soar.

  • Ernesto Riera
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 2:12 p.m.

    What a nice surprise. Hopefully this seed will spread and touch many hearts.

  • sanja dol-lazarevic
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

    Thanks you so much for writing this. We met one time at a mysore week in Utrecht at yoga moves with Luke and you helped me with a some poses in such a gentle way......I really loved it and hope to meet you again. Love, Sanja

  • Myrna Gonzalez
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 3:05 p.m.

    Thanks for write it. This will be a gift for my son Matías. Much love for you 🧡 Myrna.

  • Dorota Pawlak
    on Nov. 16, 2018, 9:56 p.m.

    It already looks amazing! Great idea! I can't wait to read your book.

  • Eilis O'Broin
    on Nov. 17, 2018, 2:28 p.m.

    Fab to see this come to fruition Sonja, felicitations!

  • Gerti Mozeris
    on Nov. 17, 2018, 5:49 p.m.

    Looking forward to reading the book. One will go to one of my grandkids. Thank you

  • Tom Powell
    on Nov. 18, 2018, 8:37 a.m.

    Congratulations on finishing your book!

  • Carina van Berlo
    on Nov. 18, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

    You are a beautiful inspiring woman Sonja. With love Carina<3

  • Nikki Cousins
    on Nov. 19, 2018, 7:38 p.m.

    Can't wait to start reading it with my 2 little ones. Congratulations Sonja. this is wonderful. xx

  • Ann Scott Miller
    on Nov. 19, 2018, 9:10 p.m.

    So looking forward to this, sounds awesome!!! Thank you!!!!!

  • Tré Wee
    on Nov. 20, 2018, 8:03 p.m.

    Love this, can't wait to get my hands on this! Go, go, go, Sonja!

  • Lissa Borchers
    on Nov. 21, 2018, 2:12 a.m.

    I can’t wait! I loved it when you read it to us when you were in Phoenix!

  • Sophie Whitehouse
    on Nov. 21, 2018, 8:32 a.m.

    I’ve been needing a simple translation - for myself more than anything!

  • cathy Hickey
    on Nov. 21, 2018, 10:40 a.m.

    Sonja, Congratulaions and Salutations from Castleconnell Co. Limerick. I Cant wait to enjoy your beautiful Book. x Cathy

  • sophia arits
    on Nov. 21, 2018, 2:35 p.m.

    Congratulations! Looking foward to reading it. Big hug x

  • Dave Miers
    on Nov. 21, 2018, 3:58 p.m.

    Ordered! And good luck on the release!

    Dave

  • Lara Lauchheimer
    on Nov. 22, 2018, 11:32 a.m.

    So proud of you and so excited to read this book to my little one!!!

  • lorraine taylor
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 4:54 a.m.

    hi sonja do you have any idea when i will be able to receive my copy? thank you and good work! lorraine

  • Rita Oliveira
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

    Good luck love! Can’t wait to read it! 💖

  • Emika Hinden
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 10:29 a.m.

    Good luck with your book, I look forward to sharing it with my daughter Emika

  • Susanne Wewerinke
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

    I’m curious! But I am sure it will be a wonderful book. Hope you are fine. And Luke too. Love, Susanne

  • Tippy Graham
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 5:05 p.m.

    Happy for you and this endeavour of love and passion in your continuing Yoga journey!!

  • Scott Fischer
    on Nov. 23, 2018, 9:25 p.m.

    Happy to have this! Can't wait to read it to our little one :)

  • emma mcginnis
    on Nov. 24, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

    Looks beautiful Sonja, what an achievement! The very best of luck with it

  • Kerstin Bilgmann
    on Nov. 25, 2018, 5:50 a.m.

    So inspiring, well done! Keep you dreams alive, can't wait to read the book! Much love, Kerstin

  • Barbara Aparo
    on Nov. 25, 2018, 6:27 p.m.

    Good luck, 🍀 looking forward to reading your book, much love

  • flora brajot
    on Nov. 26, 2018, 7:10 a.m.

    Wonderful initiative Sonia!. just ordered it. Hope it will work out!! Not going to Mysore this year. Back in France for the last 3 years , teaching and working hard. there's no time for now to go there ;-). hope to see you again one day. Hugs and love to both of you

  • Angela Jamison
    on Nov. 26, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

    Wonderful project. Looking forward to having the book in hand! -Angela Jamison

  • Harmony Slater
    on Nov. 28, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

    I can't wait to read it! <3 Really looking forward to seeing your love & work & effort come to life! xo

  • Malissa Larson
    on Nov. 28, 2018, 7:49 p.m.

    What a great idea! I can't wait to read it and share with the mamas at AYB. All the best

  • Beata Skrzypacz
    on Nov. 28, 2018, 10:23 p.m.

    I can’t wait to read your book to my boys. Very exciting!

  • Zoe Slatoff
    on Nov. 28, 2018, 10:45 p.m.

    I'm so excited to read and share your beautiful book Sonja! What a wonderful idea! ❤️

  • Dylan Hendrix
    on Nov. 29, 2018, 5:12 a.m.

    Well done and all the best wishes. This boom is a real gem. Cannot waot to recieve this copy Sonja. Truly amazing work. Thank you

  • Annabelle Rossi
    on Nov. 29, 2018, 10:25 p.m.

    Looking forward to reading this with my son x thanks and love x

  • Romona Mukherjee
    on Nov. 30, 2018, 12:57 a.m.

    So excited for this Sonja!! Congratulations to you on making it happen, you are an inspiration! Love, Romona

  • David Garrigues
    on Dec. 1, 2018, 1:05 p.m.

    I'm looking forward to reading it and sharing it with my nephews, Sonja!

  • Brian Sternkopf
    on Dec. 1, 2018, 3:03 p.m.

    Hey Sonya, I’m excited to learn about what you have such passion for. Hopefully it gives me the push I need to get yoga into my life. Good luck! Brian.

  • Deborah Williams
    on Dec. 1, 2018, 11:14 p.m.

    Can't wait for this to be published. I look forward to having this for little people that come to my house :)

  • faiza hassan
    on Dec. 2, 2018, 12:47 a.m.

    Such a wonderful project! Excited for you and looking forward to the book!

  • Mark Robberds
    on Dec. 2, 2018, 10:57 a.m.

    Done! Hope it’s a big success and all the little grommets are learning to ride the waves and deal with their mind monsters for generations to come :)

  • Ana Paula Holtz
    on Dec. 2, 2018, 11:57 a.m.

    Greetings from Brazil ! Looking forward for this book! Gratitude for starting this Project !!!!!

  • Georgia Carr
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 3:18 a.m.

    Big love for Ashtanga as a former student of Sri K Patthabi Jois and friend of Marni Kravitz ❤️

  • Stephen Baker
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 9:06 a.m.

    There is an eternal gratitude I have for such a book and your efforts in crafting it Sonja. Thank you 🌝🙏

  • Maria Burnash
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

    Looking forward to enjoying! And sharing with all the little ones in my life, thank you for your hard work dedication to the practice and sharing it Namaste

  • Jane Lopez
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 3:48 p.m.

    Always knew you were a Rock Star, in spirit and soul! Congratulations and all the best!

  • Anita Zaupper
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 4:26 p.m.

    Best of luck with the book Sonja! Can’t wait to get my copy 💜

  • Jennifer Blake
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

    Hari Om Sonja, I am so excited to pre-order Young Yogi. I cant wait to read it myself and with the children in my family. You are an inspirational and compassionate teacher and no doubt your book will be beautiful and transformative.
    Oms
    Jenny
    Limerick

  • Nazmy Villarroel
    on Dec. 3, 2018, 5:18 p.m.

    Thank you Sonja, Congratulations for your amazing book!!! blessings and may this new journey is filled with love and peace.

  • Peter Taminiau
    on Dec. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.

    Good luck! I am looking forward to hold it in my hands...

  • Robin Wolfson
    on Dec. 4, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

    So excited and happy for you about this creative and beautiful book Sonja!

  • Prue Keenan
    on Dec. 5, 2018, 12:20 p.m.

    Thank you for this beautiful work. All the best with a great publisher!

  • Elena Romero
    on Dec. 5, 2018, 1:06 p.m.

    Best of luck Sonja. Looking forward to a copy of the book! Well done. Oms, Elena

  • Edie Berman
    on Dec. 5, 2018, 7:43 p.m.

    thank you so much for putting your effort and love into this project and sharing it with the world! <3

  • Keith Moore
    on Dec. 5, 2018, 9:55 p.m.

    S- No matter where you are, we still love you in DC! Huge hug from your yogis here, Keith

  • Diana Dixon
    on Dec. 6, 2018, 5:15 a.m.

    Congrats!!! Thanks for being a beautiful inspiration xoxo

  • Craig Latimer
    on Dec. 6, 2018, 2 p.m.

    I am hoping for the success of your book and looking foreward to reading it!
    Craig L.

  • Faith Flanigan
    on Dec. 6, 2018, 8:38 p.m.

    Well done Sonja, I am looking forward to sharing it with my 4 yo son. Thank you!

  • Tara Mitra
    on Dec. 6, 2018, 11:46 p.m.

    Sending love and wishes of great success dear Sonja.

  • Sonya Barker
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 1:41 a.m.

    I’m excited to read your book and share the rest as gifts! 🤗

  • Tim Higgins
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 1:27 p.m.

    Best wishes with the book.
    I am looking forward to reading it
    :)

  • Marissa Parareda
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

    Success and congrats for such beautiful initiative!! Can´t wait to enjoy mine and to give the second one to Júlia, the daughter of my best friend, an enthusiastic and devoted 9 year old tiny yoguini !!!

    love!

  • David Eckelkamp
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 4:02 p.m.

    Best of Luck! Friend of Kaori's here. Love the use of her art in this context. Cheers!

  • Eoghan Masterson
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

    Hope you make the finish line!
    The artwork looks amazing, looking forward to it.
    Eoghan.

  • kitty schulz
    on Dec. 7, 2018, 11:26 p.m.

    Well, maybe now I'LL finally be able to read the Sutras. I've always given up after ... an embarrassingly short time. :)
    All the best on doing this very cool thing!
    Kitty

  • Dmitry Baryshnikov
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 4:05 a.m.

    Great work, Sonja!
    It's a jewel not just another yoga book! -_-
    Dima

  • Miguel Pons
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 8:12 a.m.

    We wish you the best of luck!!! Besos Raquel & Miguel

  • Jennifer Edwards
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 11:38 a.m.

    Congratulations on completing your book and wishing you all the best with it Sonja. Looking forward to reading it.
    Jennifer x

  • Giuliana Fierro Diaz
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 2:42 p.m.

    Congrats Sonja!!!!!! Next one has to be Sadhana Pada!!!!!! ☺️🙏🏼💕

  • Maureen Thorpe
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

    I met you and Luke in Glasgow several years ago . Well done and hope to see you again Maureenx

  • Glenn Bergstrom
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

    I have a wonderful yoga student who has a five year old daughter. I am sure they will love it.

  • Tiago Machado
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 7 p.m.

    Thank You Sonja for being such a beautiful inspirational Yogini! Muito Obrigado! Muito Amor e Luz <3

  • Janice Coyne
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 7:53 p.m.

    Well Done Sonja, I hope to meet you again.
    Congratulations 💕🙏💕🙏

  • Emma Isokivi
    on Dec. 8, 2018, 10:43 p.m.

    What an amazing project of love and labour- I can only imagine it's a beautiful piece of reading- I look forward to seeing it in real life when you publish. With lots of love from Scotland x

  • Jeanine Goranson
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 4:39 a.m.

    I am looking forward to reading this and sharing with my family! Thank you for your work.

  • Cathryn Costello
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 12:39 p.m.

    What a beautiful project! I look forward to reading it to my little boy in years to come, CC

  • LISA ZALES
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 3:33 p.m.

    Yayyyyyy! I love the video you made talking about the book and your journey with yoga. So excited to see the book complete and know that it is getting so much support! Awesome.... Love, Lis

  • Inês Pais
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 6:26 p.m.

    Looking forward to see this wonderful book!

  • Sharon Matarazzo
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 7:51 p.m.

    Wonderful Sonja! Very much looking forward to receiving your book! Sxx

  • Manon Simonis
    on Dec. 9, 2018, 9:39 p.m.

    Dear Sonja, with joy and love I support you. Hope to meet again, love Manon

  • Barbara Süss
    on Dec. 10, 2018, 6:46 p.m.

    much love Sonja,
    looking so much foward to read it <3

  • Patricia Moore
    on Dec. 11, 2018, 2:52 a.m.

    I look forward to seeing your book and using it to help children connect with yoga!

  • Ericka Sparber
    on Dec. 11, 2018, 7:07 a.m.

    I can't wait to see you final masterpiece!!! Congratulations on this amazing project!! Keep up the good work!!!

  • Hannah Marciniak
    on Dec. 12, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

    Lovely idea and work, Sonja! I can’t wait to see the finished product.

  • Karen Kirkness
    on Dec. 12, 2018, 9:45 a.m.

    Can’t wait to read your beautiful book, Sonja! You’re inspirational. Well done digging deep for the energetic stamina to get so near the finish... bows of congratulatory delight madam x x x x

  • Thomas O'Reilly
    on Dec. 12, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

    Thanks Sonja. Lookinf forward to reading it to our lil one!

  • Fieke Klaassen
    on Dec. 12, 2018, 5:06 p.m.

    Hi Sonja, thanks for your message and your hart and soul you put into this work. I loved the sunday mornings were you talked about the mindmonsters. Glad to share this book with my fellow teacher/collegeas as it describes so nice the basic principles of this beautifull practice. Hope to see you in the future . Much love Fieke🙏❤️

  • Marsha McNeight
    on Dec. 12, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

    Congratulations!!! So excited to get my hands on this book. 🙏🏼

  • Heather Serna
    on Dec. 13, 2018, 10:46 a.m.

    Looking forward to reading your creation. All the best with love!

  • Michele Meermans
    on Dec. 13, 2018, 3:45 p.m.

    It worked! Looking forward to your book. All the best, Sonja. Big hug xx Michèle

  • Christina Lagdameo
    on Dec. 13, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

    Congratulations, sister yogini on this wonderful contribution to the world. We look forward to sharing it with our 2yr old Surya and all of our young yogis at True Self Yoga. All the best to you!

  • Bev Porrino
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 1:24 a.m.

    Loooking forward to reading your work Sonja. X

  • tarik thami
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 7:16 a.m.

    Congratulations. Cant wait to read it. love to you and Luke! xx

  • Ann Svärdfelt
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.

    I finallåt managed to make an order! I wish you all the best and good luck! Love 💖

  • Leonardo Carneiro
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 1:46 p.m.

    No words needed my dear! You've helped many things to come up from the depths of my being, all sorts of them!!😂 It’s a huge pleasure to give support and bring to life your baby. Miss you guys a lot!! 🖤

  • Yuki Sakuma
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

    Congratulations! I am looking forward to reading it :)

  • Amy Roulston
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 2:40 p.m.

    My family is so excited for this book - thank you!!!

  • Lorena Gaibor
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 4:35 p.m.

    Congrats again Sonja! Can’t wait to read your book. :)

  • Francis & Mona van Graafeijland
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 5:48 p.m.

    Beloved Sonja, We have such sweet memories of your story telling, your teachings, your warm presence! Looking forward a lot to read and share your book (WOW!!); must be lovely! Whenever you are in the neighborhood, please drop by for a talk, a tea and a hug at our studio Mudita - Yoga & More! Knuffels, Francis & Mona xxx

  • Rocio Casas
    on Dec. 14, 2018, 6:51 p.m.

    Good Lucky Sonia, this is a beautiful job! I am happy and eager to receive my books! Sending love 💜

  • Amy Foster
    on Dec. 15, 2018, 3:47 a.m.

    I want a signed copy Sonja! xoxoxoxox

  • Arne Espejel
    on Dec. 16, 2018, 1:40 p.m.

    All the best dearest "Heather"!! 😘😘🙏❤️

  • Sonal Bhalla
    on Dec. 25, 2018, 5:50 p.m.

    Congrats Sonja, Looking forward to read the book..

  • Bob Seal
    on Dec. 31, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

    I am looking forward to reading you book. I have been practicing Yoga for 3 years now, Ashtanga Yoga to be specific. I am 52 years old and it has truly changed my life.
    I am now raising my 2 year old grand daughter and I hope to share my Yoga practice and it's life changing philosophies with her as she grows. :)

    Thank you and I wish much success.
    Bob Seal

  • ShawnM Flot
    on Dec. 31, 2018, 7:34 p.m.

    I love your concept and ability to make these concepts accessible to young minds. Not an easy thing....so thank you! Love the artistry too!!!!