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About Hiba Stancofski
Hiba is a Lebanese American 500-hour certified yoga and mindfulness teacher, and children’s book author.
Hiba became interested in yoga in her early 40s, and soon her love for the practice pushed her to start training. She got her 200 YTT in vinyasa yoga, then followed up with a yoga for Cancer Training, yoga for Trauma Level 1, Restorative yoga, Reiki Level 1 and 2, and then in Spring 2021 completed her 300 YTT. Hiba is currently working towards a Yin Yoga certification and a Yoga for children with neurodivergent and/or additional needs certification. She is also a member of the Yoga Alliance.
Hiba has taught at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Cancer Support Community, at multiple gyms and studios, and has been working for several years now with athletic teams at the local high school introducing yoga and mindfulness to teenagers. She is currently teaching at Involution Yoga Studio in Lewes, and at Beebe Cancer Center in Rehoboth working regularly with the local hospital staff.
I Feel Better Now is her first publication.
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Praise for I Feel Better Now
This lovely little book is a story of inner adventure. It uses timely circumstances to explore and explain timeless truths. Using the Covid affliction and its deeply negative effects on the physical, emotional and educational lives of children and teens, I Feel Better Now is a compelling literary device. The book shows how, by changing our response to adverse situations through simple yet powerful techniques accessible to all children and teens, we can not only prevent outer turmoil from turning into inner chaos but also empower young people to discover that within each is a core of gratitude, contentment and joy.
Kate Fitzgerald, Owner Involution Yoga, yoga instructor ERYT 500, board certified massage therapist
Though it was created during the COVID pandemic, I Feel Better Now offers a glimpse into the emotional struggles kids are facing every day and offers coping strategies that can be used for a lifetime. Through her young characters, Hiba clearly illustrates the difficult emotions during uncertain times and validates the everyday struggles through her storytelling. Hiba is a talented Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher and her knowledge of these practices is evident as she guides her characters, Tommy and Alia, through several activities as a way to cope with stress all while exploring scenic Lewes, Delaware. The book transcends age and offers curative advice for all readers, especially children. I feel better now that I Feel Better Now will now be a new tool in the toolbox for parents, teachers and children.
Lisa D. Rector, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Co-Founder of Minds Over Matter Initiative, Certified Mindfulness and Yoga Instructor
Ms. Joy taught children valuable lessons but Alia encouraged Tommy to use these ‘tools’, right inside his own mind-body, to suddenly get stronger and . . . feel better. But without Ms. Joy’s foundation and Alia’s love, companionship, and timing. . . Who knows what might have happened? . . . I loved the book, the illustrations, the family connections, and the mindfulness tools. I loved all of it!
Rachel Grier-Reynolds, L.C.S.W., Board member of the Lewes Public Library
After months of living with a pandemic, Tommy’s big sister Alia leads him on a playful walk to the beach, away from feelings of loss and gloom and into the sunshine. In this beautifully illustrated story, yoga and mindfulness teacher Hiba Melhem Stancofski shows young readers and their families how to use the power of breath, awareness and simple movements to feel better right here, right now. What a gift!”
Beth Joselow, LPCMH, Executive Director of Minds Over Matter Initiative
“You did an exceptional job at meeting your mission in this book. I enjoyed the characters, the interactive participation in dialogue and movement, and the growth shown in dealing with life’s difficulties. Although the entry was judged solely on the writing, the illustrations were a perfect fit for the story and its message for children. What a fun and interactive book. Even though I am completely unfamiliar with Yoga, I think I would be able to manage each movement from the descriptions given. I’m so impressed that you had Alia reaching out to her brother to help. A good message for us all to take the initiative and look out for the well-being of those around us.”
Judges Comments for First Place in the Delaware Press Association Communications Contest