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KOGA AND FRIENDS: SHELTER

What to know: Sweet episodic show with wonderfully inspired stories that incorporate powerful techniques from yoga, karate and meditation in helping children cope with situations.
KOGA AND FRIENDS: SHELTER is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 3-12
7 minutes
VIDEO
PHILIP KHOLOS
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Koga and Friends is an episodic show with wonderfully inspired stories.

The storyline follows a 10-year-old boy who teaches children how to be in control of their fears through yoga exercises and to be sensitive to others, animals or humans that may be in crisis.

The show's concepts teach kids important life skills at an early age. In the first part Koga helps his little sister, Lily, who has to get stitches in her cut foot. She is crying when she first comes to the nurse's office and Koga helps her to be brave by doing the Flying Tiger exercise. It's accompanied by gentle music. The 2D animation pulls this off quite well, including the emotions of the children, which come across as adorable, authentic and uplifting. In the second part, Koga's entire family takes a precious little Hispanic girl to the animal shelter to pick out a dog for her family. They all learn about animals, including two yoga poses inspired by animals - downward dog and the cat position. The songs that the family sings during this episode inspire the animals to join in and are a very sweet touch.

The message of this film is that there are powerful techniques in yoga, karate and meditation that can help young children cope with challenging situations and, if you know how to do these things, you can share with others. Loving kindness is the best medicine.

I give Koga and Friends: Shelter 5 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 12, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

Koga and Friends is an episodic show with wonderfully inspired stories.

The storyline follows a 10-year-old boy who teaches children how to be in control of their fears through yoga exercises and to be sensitive to others, animals or humans that may be in crisis.

The show's concepts teach kids important life skills at an early age. In the first part Koga helps his little sister, Lily, who has to get stitches in her cut foot. She is crying when she first comes to the nurse's office and Koga helps her to be brave by doing the Flying Tiger exercise. It's accompanied by gentle music. The 2D animation pulls this off quite well, including the emotions of the children, which come across as adorable, authentic and uplifting. In the second part, Koga's entire family takes a precious little Hispanic girl to the animal shelter to pick out a dog for her family. They all learn about animals, including two yoga poses inspired by animals - downward dog and the cat position. The songs that the family sings during this episode inspire the animals to join in and are a very sweet touch.

The message of this film is that there are powerful techniques in yoga, karate and meditation that can help young children cope with challenging situations and, if you know how to do these things, you can share with others. Loving kindness is the best medicine.

I give Koga and Friends: Shelter 5 out of 5 stars and recommended it for ages 3 to 12, plus adults. By Nancy K., KIDS FIRST!

Koga and Friends presents the adventures of a ten-year old boy named Koga whose mother is a kung fu master and whose father is a yogi. Koga teaches his gang of friends how to utilize practical mind/body techniques while navigating through entertaining storylines. In the "Trembling Paw" episode Koga teaches his sister, Lily, how to breathe through some stitches she has to get. Later, Koga's family brings their friend Rosa to an animal shelter where she encounters an emotionally wounded dog who she adopts.
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