Articles and Practices

Helping Kids Manage Anxiety in Turbulent Times

LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper joined the Omega Institute’s community conversations series recently to discuss how we cans support our kids through the challenging times they’re living in. Listen in on the interview, join a practice, and hear a live Q&A.

Self Care Practices for the Whole Family (30 Min Videos)

Self-care is vital right now and we want to support you! Join us, in partnership with the Positive Learning Collaborative every Monday at 3pm ET for a free 30 minute practice for caregivers and kids to explore together. You can check out prior week’s videos below, which offer both family practices and classes meant just… Read more »

A Yoga Practice for Anxiety Relief (10 Minute Video)

Find the gentle strength to meet your anxiety head-on with this simple 10-minute yoga practice from Jennifer Cohen Harper, founder of Little Flower Yoga, created in collaboration with the Omega Institute. CLICK HERE OR ON PREVIEW BELOW TO VIEW

Yoga Practices for Kids 3-14 (10-15 Min Videos)

We’ve had a great time sharing 10-15 minute practices for children and teens live with Yoga International. We check in with our bodies and minds, move with power and purpose, connect with our breath, and have some fun. We’ve finished up our livestream series for now, but you can check out the past week’s practices… Read more »

Helping Our Kids Find Emotional Safety (5 min video)

Join School Resource Officer and Little Flower Yoga Training Graduate Michelle Palladini for a quick chat and a short practice for children to support emotional safety, even in times of stress and fear.  

5 Ways to Help Children with Coronavirus Anxiety

We are living in a time of high uncertainty, and with adults becoming increasingly anxious about coronavirus, including the impact on the economy, work, school, and family life, it’s inevitable that the children in our lives are noticing that tension. When the nervous systems of parents, educators, and other adult authority figures are activated, it… Read more »

How to Make Kids Yoga Engaging, Playful and Effective

I loved talking with Kathryn Ashworth of Yoga International for this article exploring children’s yoga and offering practical advice and encouragement. Check out the full article below and let me know what you think!  “there are a lot of things to keep in mind as a kids’ yoga teacher, but as you continue on this path,… Read more »

Navigating Anxiety in Children with Compassion and Personal Power

Anxiety is on the rise in our culture, both for adults and for our children. As educators and caregivers, we want to do everything we can to reduce anxiety and help our kids thrive, but often our actions do the opposite, especially when we struggle with anxiety ourselves. Because we so badly want our kids… Read more »

Three Challenges Kids Face During the Holidays, and How You Can Help

The holiday season is wonderful, but it is also a challenging time for many, including many children. While this time of year is joyful and exciting and can be a wonderful celebration of family and community, it can also be overwhelming for many kids, even those in the warmest of households. Below are some of… Read more »

3 Simple Chair-Based Mindful Movement Practices

Mindful movement is an effective way to reduce stress and its physical consequences. When we bring a mindful approach to chair yoga, we provide an accessible and simple way to integrate mindful movement and practice into our daily life to get out of our heads, into our body, to find the present moment. Increasingly, researchers… Read more »

Walk Stop Wiggle Sit: A Focus Building Game for Kids

We love this playful game, taught here by LFY Founder Jennifer Cohen Harper. It builds focus and concentration, and helps kids practice using their thoughtful brain to reduce impulsive actions. Plus, it’s a lot of fun!  

Six Classroom Management Strategies to Live & Breathe By

A few years ago I decided to take on a position as a full-time Yoga Specialist at a charter school. I was ecstatic about the groundbreaking experience that lay ahead. It is also fair to say that I was totally naïve and in over my head regarding the enormous tasks that lay ahead: Design a year-long yoga… Read more »

Kind Wishes Practice: Compassion for Ourselves & Others

The Kind Wishes activity is a child-friendly version of a lovingkindness practice, a type of meditation that can help develop compassion for others, and crucially for the self. In a traditional adult lovingkindness practice, kind thoughts would be sent to the self, to people close to you, to people you feel neutral about, and to… Read more »

Working with Teens: Creating Engaging Mindfulness Experiences for Adolescents

As a high school teacher in the Bronx for 14 years I got to meet and deeply know a lot of teens. Having those relationships taught me a lot about what makes adolescents tick. I saw that the way adults view teens impacts the way teens see themselves, and ultimately the lives they think they… Read more »

Nurturing Gratitude in Young Hearts: Activities and Quotes to Inspire Appreciation

Gratitude is the ability to be thankful and to see and appreciate the good that’s in our lives. As an educator, mother of two children, and program director, gratitude is both professionally and personally important to me. In my own life, gratitude helps me keep a wider lens to allow my mind and heart to stay… Read more »

Secularity: Guiding Questions for Inclusive Yoga in Schools

As the school year begins and we have the priviledge of working with children from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, it is essential that we work to create inclusive and welcoming learning communities. An important part of this work, particularly in public schools, is a committment to secularism in our teaching, and to respecting… Read more »

The Peace Corner: An Essential Classroom Resource

The peace corner is a powerful and touching space in the classroom that supports self regulation.  It’s private. It’s structured. It includes choice. It’s an experiment. It’s inviting. It’s a movement toward independence onto the mat (or the desk or the rug spot) and ultimately into everyday life. It’s called the “peace corner” because there… Read more »

Power Down: Robot Relaxation for Kids

With the increase of ADHD, behavioral disorders, child stress and anxiety, relaxation is becoming more and more important for children of all ages. With so much going on in their lives, children need to find time to simply unwind, put their feet up, and have some quiet reflective time where nothing is being asked of… Read more »

What is Yoga Service: A Working Definition

Yoga Service: A Working Definition: The intentional sharing of yoga practices that support healing and build resilience for all, regardless of circumstances, taught within a context of conscious relationship rooted in self-reflection and self-inquiry. While yoga and service have long been practiced together, yoga service as a unified field is new and growing. As the field… Read more »

Holiday Gifts for Little Yogis

My Top 10 – Holiday Little Yogi Gifts The most important gift for any child is your attention and presence.  But if you happen to be looking for a gift for the special yogi or yogini in your life then below is a list of just a few or our favorite yoga gifts for kids.  We included the… Read more »

Finding Your Anchor: 3 Creative Ways to Explore Mindful Breathing with Your Students

Anchor breath is one of my favorite practices to teach my students. Anchor  breath is the practice of using your breath to help focus your mind on one point. The instructions are to place your hand where you most feel the breath in your body.  I offer three options: on your belly, on your chest,… Read more »

Managing Frustration – Empower Tools for Children

Life comes with a lot of challenges. Sometimes these challenges can lead to frustration. I find one of my most effective ways to empower the children I work with is to give them tools that help them navigate big emotional experiences, like frustration. What triggers frustration can be different for each individual. Some examples of triggers… Read more »

5 Ways to Teach Thankfulness to Kids

Thanksgiving is the perfect holiday to help students and our own children cultivate an “attitude of gratitude.” And it turns out, there’s a lot to like about gratitude. Research from the Greater Good Science Center tells us that gratitude actually blocks toxic emotions even as it allows us to celebrate the present. What’s more, grateful people are… Read more »

How I Learned to Police from Within: Thoughts from a School Resource Officer

I have always believed that my job as a Police Officer was about serving and protecting my community with compassion. Early in my career, I realized many people feel the police are heavy-handed enforcers of the law, devoid of empathy and reliability.  And for many, many years, I was upset with these people. How can… Read more »

What Can We Do When The World Feels Like It’s Falling Apart: Cultivating Safety in Community

I recently had the pleasure of being a panelist for the East Harlem Scholars Academy charter network community in a discussion about how to cope in the face of the rash of conspicuous police brutality, terror attacks, not to mention the inflammatory and degrading remarks provoked by presidential campaigns, and innumerable other anxiety producing incidents that have flooded our… Read more »

The Upside of Stress: Book Recommendation

LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper was recently interviewed by Yoga City NY for their must read book club series. Learn why Jenn recommends Kelly McGonigal's newest book, The Upside of Stress, and how it relates to the children we work with.  “I particularly loved reading about how the body works to bring us together during stress.… Read more »

Bringing Best Practices to Yoga in Schools

LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper was recently interviewed, along with Traci Childress, by Kelli Love for YogaDork on the process of creating Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, a guidebook published by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute. Read these short exceprts below and find the full interview, in two parts, on the YogaDork website. … Read more »

So What Is It That First Year Teachers Need To Know?

This year as an adjunct lecturer at Hunter College’s Department of Curriculum and Teaching I’m getting the opportunity to work with a lot of first year teachers and that’s made me think a lot about what supports good teaching. At Hunter College I’m working with dance, theatre, and music first year teachers.  These are Lincoln… Read more »

Beginning with Intention by Kelli Love

As I explore my intentions for the beginning of another school year, I take a look at what I want for my teaching practice and turn to vital topics such as embodied teaching and self-care.  My presence in the classroom is what I know to matter most, and yet the only way for me to… Read more »

Practice: Relaxation – What Can Be Done For A Sleepless Child?

A lot of children tell me they have a hard time falling asleep. Thoughts about the day, stress about schoolwork and tests, worrying about the wellbeing of mom and dad, and concerns for the future can keep them up. These distractions, plus children having their own mobile devices like smart phones, iPads, iPods, and you have the perfect… Read more »