Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands

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“Through simple dialogue and stellar line drawings, Tamara Levitt has created an exceptional read that returns us to our basic sanity while letting go of impossible fantasies, most especially, thinking happiness comes from outside of our own lives. If you are 3 or 93, you need the lesson this book artfully conveys.”—Michael Stone, author of Awake in the World: Teachings from Yoga


“Brilliant! In a whimsical tale facing childhood challenges, Tamara Levitt examines the hidden assumptions in the adage that practice makes perfect. She tells a different story that every child should hear—of self-acceptance and resilience—and it does so with dazzling simplicity.”—Sharon G. Horne, PhD, Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology, UMASS Boston


Tamara Levitt

Leela loves to do yoga. She could do all sorts of poses, but there was one pose she couldn’t do. Every time Leela tried to do a headstand…KERPLUNK!

This book explores the themes of acceptance, resilience, and self-compassion and offers the message that just because we may experience a failure does not mean that we are a failure. Written as a counterpoint to the message of The Little Engine that Could, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a story about a girl who tries her best, but still falls down. Through the process she learns that happiness is not determined by external achievement. Through accepting our limitations and celebrating our efforts, even in the face of failure, peace can be found.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 38 pages, 6.25 x 9.25 inches
  • $18.95
  • ISBN 9781614294054
  • ebook
  • 38 pages
  • $15.99
  • ISBN 9781614293897
about the author
Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands

Tamara is an author, producer, speaker, and mindfulness educator. She works as Head of Content at Calm, the mindfulness meditation app. She leads the creative strategy for Calm's content library and oversees production of the company's original content offering. Tamara writes, produces, and narrates Calm's mindfulness meditation programs. Tamara is also founder of Begin Within Productions, where she produces mindfulness based multi-media content. Her experience as a meditation practitioner exceeds over twenty years of study and practice. She is based in Toronto, Canada.

Other books by Tamara Levitt:
The Secret to Clara’s Calm

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