Bend it like Babar!

Babar Family Yoga Class at the TMA


TYLER, TX (June 15, 2010) – Children of all ages will enjoy learning the basics of yoga at Tyler Museum of Art during “Babar Family Yoga,” slated for two sessions on Saturday, June 19 at 2 and 3 p.m. Parents can learn how to bend and stretch like Babar along with their kids during this exciting event. Reserve your own yoga mat today by calling the TMA at 903.595.1001. The classes are offered free of charge and will be taught by yoga instructor Sandy Shepard. The TMA will host a second installment of “Babar Family Yoga” on Saturday, July 24.

“One of the unique books in the Babar series is titled Babar’s Yoga for Elephants,” said Ken Tomio, head of education for TMA. “We have anticipated this particular partnership with Sandy Shepard with much excitement, because it incorporates important but separate areas of interest - art, children’s literature, and physical fitness.”

Participants should arrive dressed and ready for an introductory level yoga program. Each session will last just under one hour. “Yoga increases concentration, builds confidence, self esteem and self control,” said Ms. Shepard, who has been teaching yoga for over three years. “I was pleased to be approached by Tyler Museum of Art to lead family yoga as a partner for the Babar exhibition. Children today have busy schedules, experience peer pressure, are often over-stimulated; they can get maxed out,” said Ms. Shepard. Yoga is well suited as a practice for helping children and adults cope with the stresses of everyday life in a healthy, non-competitive manner.

This event is just one of many scheduled in partnership with different community organizations including: All Saints Episcopal School French Club; Bernard Restaurant; The Caldwell Zoo; Discovery Science Place; The Lindale Library; Travel Leaders; Cameron – J. Jarvis Troup Municipal Library; Tyler Civic Theatre; Tyler Public Library; Tyler Youth Orchestra; Yoga Life by Sandy Shepard; and Young Audiences of Northeast Texas. Participants of “Babar Family Yoga” will receive a sticker for their Babar Passports, also available at the TMA. Visitors to the exhibition Babar’s Museum of Art will receive a TMA sticker. Admission to Babar’s Museum of Art is $7 for adults; $5 for students and seniors; and free for children age 12 and under.

Babar’s Yoga for Elephants was written and illustrated by Laurent de Brunhoff, the same artist whose works are featured in Babar’s Museum of Art. The exhibition shows a selection of original watercolors and studies created by de Brunhoff for the book by the same title. Babar’s Museum of Art is organized by Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC. Major Sponsor is Anonymous. Supporting Sponsor is the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc. Sponsors are Kay Arms and June and Steve Hillis. Collectors Circle Sponsors are the Byars Foundation, Mrs. Jack King Sr., Margaret and Jim Perkins, Myrtis D. Smith and Betty and Dick Summers. Corporate Member Sponsors are Southside Bank and Texas Oncology – Tyler. Media Sponsors are BSCENE Magazine, CBS 19-KYTX, East Texas Radio Group, KLTV Channel 7, and Piney Woods Live. The Tyler Museum of Art is supported by its members, Tyler Junior College, and the City of Tyler.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit