Boyogi: Yoga as a Healing Journey

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Healing Through Movement

When a young boy’s father returns home from military service, he struggles with the invisible wounds of PTSD. The boy, Butta Bean, initially interprets his father’s altered behavior as a lack of affection, but his mother clarifies that his father’s mind has been affected by traumatic experiences abroad.

In an attempt to find healing, the family attends yoga classes at their local community center. Initially, the father is hesitant and the son finds the practice peculiar. However, as they progress in their yoga poses, the boy begins to witness a transformation in his father. The father’s mind and movements become more fluid, mirroring a gradual return to his former self.

The Power of Yoga and Love

Awarded author David Barclay Moore and Caldecott Honor recipient Noa Denmon collaborate to create “Boyogi,” a poignant picture book that captures the transformative power of yoga, therapy, and the enduring love of family. This work sensitively portrays the challenges faced by veterans and their families navigating the aftermath of trauma.

Acclaimed by Critics

“Boyogi” has garnered critical acclaim for its meaningful portrayal of trauma and the therapeutic potential of yoga. Kirkus Reviews has lauded it as “a powerful spotlight on a difficult topic,” offering “understanding and hope” for affected families. Booklist has praised its “sensitive and accessible approach to trauma and the mind-body relationship.”

Publishers Weekly highlights the book’s ability to address “an important but conceptual topic in a developmentally appropriate way.”


“Boyogi: How a Wounded Family Learned to Heal” is accessible through various platforms, including Amazon, Bookshop, Target, and your local bookstore.

About the Author

David Barclay Moore is an acclaimed author and filmmaker. His notable works include “The Stars Beneath Our Feet,” which earned the Coretta Scott King–John Steptoe New Talent Author Award, a Time Magazine Top Ten Children’s Book of the Year, and a New York Times Book Review Notable Children’s Book of the Year.

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