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For over twenty-eight years Aaron Hoopes has been a student of the martial arts, Eastern philosophy, and alternative medicine. He has a degree in Asian History and Japanese Culture from Tulane University and has spent many years studying in Japan, Australia and the USA. He holds a third degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan Karate and is a certified instructor of karate, Shanti Yoga and Meditation, Tai Chi, and Qigong.
He is the founder of Zen Yoga which combines clarity of thought and awareness found in the martial arts with the peaceful stretching and breathing of yoga. He strives to make Zen Yoga available to anyone regardless of fitness level, age or mindset. He travels and teaches around the world. He also teaches an Online Correspondence Course that assists people with putting this work into daily practice.
on June 27, 2011 :
An ebook that will entertain and empower your school age child is what you’ll find in Catch the Cat by Aaron Hoopes.
Justin Lumkin and Nikki Bean are two misfits. Justin is fat and picked on by the school bully. Nikki’s face is broken out and her hair a scraggly mess. The girls tease her profusely. Luckily the end of the school year arrives and the torture can stop for a few short months. But on that last day, something amazing happens. They meet an impish purple cat named Zink who plans to teach them the five secret words to help them be happier and healthier.
Catch the Cat is a fun book that will help youngsters make better choices. Taking place over one summer, two misfits unlock the secret words that will help them deal with the issues they have barely managed to cope with on a daily basis. Tackling topics such as bullying, exercise, obesity and dieting, self-confidence, and more, Hoopes, founder of Zen Yoga, uses his years of experience working with children to develop this wonderful story.
If the story had encompassed a few more chapters, the ending might not have seemed rushed, but overall I was satisfied with how it turned out. Almost five dollars is a bit pricy for a 35 page ebook, but since the messages contained within its pages are so important to today’s children’s I still think it’s a sound investment. I look forward to more books by this talented author.
(reviewed long after purchase)