How project started

How original stories were born

Yoga tales were composed by Leah and her yoga teacher Ira Shirel and they are recorded to the accompaniment of ethnic musical instruments.

Ira Shirel says: “I introduced Leah to the ancient teachings of Laya yoga in the form of an accessible understanding of the child. For two years, we regularly engaged in musical meditation in my studio or at her home. Character symbols that Leah met became part of her imagination and participants in her games. Based on the earlier knowledge of Laya-yoga, creatively gifted Leah told me about Antelope, who traveled in the magical world of her fantasy. After each meeting, I recorded audio story and music. So in two months 44 fairy tales were born. Each story lasts five to ten minutes. Leah said fairy tales balance her and help her sleep. “

With the help of Liya’s stories, kids will remember that they have a rich and wonderful world inside of themselves, learn to relax stress, melt away fears, fall asleep with ease, and be in balance!

Aliza Keren (Liya’s mother) writes: “After each meeting on Skype, Ira would send us the recording of the story they created together on Whatsapp. Liya and I would listen to the chapter while hugging and pressing against each other tightly, as the magical sounds of the Tibetan bowls and Kaylani instrument from Ira’s studio played in the background. This combination of Ira’s magical playing and singing, with the instruments and story was very reassuring and gave us the power to keep moving forward another day.”

What are the stories about...

The central character of Liya’s story is the sweet Antelope that goes on adventures in (the imaginary world) of everyone’s heart. During her adventures, she meets friends such as: the white elephant, the beautiful peacock, the Kundalini snake, the legendary dolphin and others. The various chapters deal with friendship, alleviation of fears and spiritual growth of these animals. All adventures occur in chakras, the energy centers in the body! The stories are based on the ancient teachings of Laya Yoga thus the children and adults who read and listen to stories learn to understand the symbolism of each chakra and begin to learn the teachings of Laya yoga.

Our goal is to help children learn how to manage their emotions and feel their inner strength through meditation in an accessible, interesting playful form. Meditations based on the ancient teachings of Laya Yoga will help children relax before bed, fall asleep easily, see pleasant dreams and wake up cheerful. Yoga tales  based on Laya yoga symbols can especially help children who are treated in hospitals.