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  • By Robert John Kostuck on November 30, 2014

    Garuda is a large mythical bird with human attributes which figures in both Hindu and Buddhist spiritual writings. He appears in the Hindu epic Mahābhārata; and in The Ramayana, where he attempts to rescue Sita from her kidnapper, the Rakshasa (demon lord) Ravana on the island of Lanka.Ahisma is a Sanskrit word variously translated as “to not injure” or “non-violence”. It is a central precept of Hinduism and Buddhism; and the first of the five yamas (moral restraints) in Aṣṭāṅga Yoga.As a member of the Indian Congress in the 1920s, Mahatma Gandhi, as a Hindu, used noncooperation, nonviolence and peaceful resistance to appeal to Muslims, bringing together diseparate parties for the good of the state. Gandhi’s teachings were studied and put into action in the 1950s by Nelson Mandela as a member of the African National Congress; and later still, by Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. who travelled to India in 1959 and witnessed first-hand the power of non-violence.Ms. Ford’s Garuda is a powerful but lonely creature who wants friends; but frightens everyone who sees him. He meets a cat, a cow, a dog, and a snake; enters their way of being and learns to mimic their behavior. He tells the other animals how his actions are bound by ahimsa, non-violence. Through the use of rhyme and fanciful images, Garuda passes on this simple message of peaceful coexistence, making friends along the way. A story of sharing and caring, a story of acceptance—and, yes, a platform for beginning never-ending discussions about hatred, nationalism, racism, sexism, xenophobia . . . and trust.The story begs to be acted out in a classroom or library; Eagle, Cat/Cow, Down Dog, and Cobra all being basic yoga postures; Ms. Ford includes photographs of her two children illustrating several yoga āsanas, or poses.A dedicated yoga practitioner, Ms. Ford has studied in Mysore, India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharanth Jois; and leads teacher training programs in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida area and other parts of the United States.More information about Ms. Ford and her book may be found athttp://www.allyford.com/childrens-book-garuda-the-eagle-who-soared-with-ahimsa/

  • By Booksnob on November 11, 2014

    A beautiful and inspiring story that both children and their adults will enjoy. Garuda practices Ahimsa, (do no harm), and makes friends with other animals. Together they explore their world and the fun they can have together. I particularly enjoyed how gentle and loving the language was so that I was immediately fond of Garuda himself. The art goes beyond standard illustration and allows the story to become alive. Can't wait to see what is next!

  • By Leiko Koko Bergers on December 23, 2014

    One of the very best kids yoga books ever. It's about ahimsa. Non- harming. I love it. Before we wrapped it for my daughter, our son made me read it 3 times to him,And of course he acted out the entire book. Now, he wants his own copy...... good thing we have the sharing is caring moto.

  • By Taylor Neisen on November 20, 2014

    Garuda brings such joy and meaningful discussion into the lives of the little people in my life. The message of non-harming is such an important one and a must read for anyone who has little people in their lives! At the end of the book, Ally includes yoga poses to go along with the characters in the book. The kids have so much fun acting out the words with yoga!

  • By Jade J Skinner on November 14, 2014

    This book is a must have for your children's library. It tells the tale of a lonely eagle in search of friends. Ally brings the teachings of yoga and uses Ahimsa "non-harming" as the main message. It shows children that being kind to others brings more happiness and peace to the world.

  • By Jamey Jones on November 15, 2014

    What a touching story about making friends, being peaceful, and learning from others. This story will help young ones develop compassion for others via the action of non-harming (ahimsa). Well written with gorgeous illustrations, Garuda will be enjoyed by children of all ages.

  • By Heather on November 12, 2014

    I absolutely love this book! It's such a sweet and loving story about how we should treat one another. So fun to read and act out with kids and is beautifully illustrated.

  • By Ellie Wannemacher on January 2, 2015

    A beautifully written and illustrated children's book with a perfect message about kindness and nonviolence. I bought one for my son and one for my niece and nephew.


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