Amihan lives with her mother who is “touched” on Culion Island in the Philippines (the world’s largest leper colony between 1906-1988), until the government decides that colonizing the affliction will eventually cause it to die out. The government believes that it knows what's best for the healthy children and that means taking them from their families and moving them to an orphanage on another island.
This is not the only time in history that colonization has taken children from their parents and The Island at the End of Everything is a wonderful story to teach this historical mistake and the different faces of prejudice.
Recommended Age: 9- 14 years old.
For Those That Liked: “The Night Diary”, “Amal Unbound”, “Listen, Slowly”
Yoga Pose: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose):
*Sit in Dandasana with your legs straight in front of you and your hands on the floor alongside your hips. Sit tall, flexing your feet and lifting your chest then bring your legs to the edges of the mat so that your knees are shoulders distance apart.
*Keeping your feet flexed, bend your knees and draw them closer to your hips. Pull your chest and arms forward between your legs (leading with your heart), releasing hands down to make contact with the floor.
*Bend your legs even more and work towards being able move your shoulders one by one under your knees.
*Once there, stretch your arms out to the sides. Roll your thighs inward and spread the front of your chest and collarbones forward and down with the help of the pressure of your thighs on the shoulders or upper arms. Keep the feet flexed (without adding tension) to stretch and straighten your legs. Your inner thighs should remain in contact with your side ribs.