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Wuf Shanti in the Miami Herald-A 13-year-old is teaching kids yoga on TV – with the help of a giant dog costume

Wuf Shanti was recently featured in the Miami Herald’s lifestyle health and fitness section, and we are so honored. To read the article on the Miami Herald site, click here: http://www.miamiherald.com/living/health-fitness/article168843957.html

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August 23, 2017 01:59 PM

Wuf Shanti, the life-size dog and star of the show, started off as drawings by Adam with his great-grandfather’s mantras written underneath, which the teen then developed into a book before setting his sights on the 15-minute television show.

Adam, who is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in Florida, was the original Wuf Shanti. He dressed in a life-size dog costume until he outgrew it. He’s now 5 feet 10.

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Adam Avin, who is one of the youngest certified yoga instructors in Florida, created Wuf Shanti, a life-size dog that performs yoga poses and sings along with children in front of the camera.
Photo provided to the Miami Herald

The dog performs yoga poses and sings along with children in front of the camera. When the cameras are not rolling, he travels to children’s hospitals around the nation to lead yoga classes and teach mindfulness.

On Facebook, Wuf Shanti has more than 50,000 followers. Last year, singer Adam Levine of Maroon 5 posted on his own Facebook page, “What a cool way to teach kids yoga. Go back this Kickstarter from an amazing kid!”

Donnie Vick, CEO of The Children’s Television Network, said this show along with others on the network will offer viewers something unlike any other current show.

“It gets kids moving and start thinking about their body,” he said.What I really like is that it’s delivered by someone closer to their age rather than a 35-year-old delivering the message. Because sometimes kids like to hear things from other kids.”

“Wuf Shanti,” which is executive produced and written by Adam’s mother, Marni Becker-Avin, will be available through an upcoming mobile app. It is also available daily on local PBS stations in South Florida and anytime on YouTube.

“Wuf Shanti is so important right now, with everything going on in the world because he encourages health and wellness in children and promotes peace and positivity,” Becker-Avin said.

 

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