Babar with a Twist!

Babar Family Yoga Class is Back


TYLER, TX (July 15, 2010) – Babar Family Yoga is back at the Tyler Museum of Art! 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, July 24 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.

“During our previous Babar Family Yoga session here at the TMA, I was excited to see our classroom transformed into a yoga studio!” said Ken Tomio, head of education for TMA. “The participants loved the event, and those of us at the Museum are excited to offer an activity like this that creates an unusual combination of art and physical exercise.” Babar Family Yoga class was inspired by the book Babar’s Yoga for Elephants, a children’s book written and illustrated by Laurent de Brunhoff, the artist whose works are currently on view at the TMA in Babar’s Museum of Art. 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 Sandy 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 Museum of Art is organized by Mary Ryan Gallery, NYC. Major Sponsor is Anonymous. Supporting Sponsor is the Julietta Jarvis Foundation, Inc. Sponsor is Kay Arms. 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 Austin Bank, 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