Articles and Practices

Kids Yoga, Music and The Arts – Song: “Be Still”

I wrote the song, “Be Still,” after meditating one day. My mind felt crystal clear and at that moment it was so obvious that being still means being free. Not every meditation session goes as smoothly for me. It’s easy to be still when everything around you is quiet and slow. When you have no… Read more »

My First Year as a Yoga Teacher

My first year as a yoga teacher was the best year of my life; it was full of unexpected surprises, so much love and loads of gratitude.  I never missed a day of teaching and never wanted to. I wanted to be there for my kids, I wanted them to know how much I care… Read more »

Kids Yoga, Music and The Arts – Song: “Peaceful Place”

As we float onto summer, I become giddy like a small child. After an eventful and busy school year with my students, summer is a time for me to unwind, focus on myself, and most importantly, spend as much time as I can in my peaceful place: The beach.  I have memories of myself on… Read more »

Practice: Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Progressive muscle relaxations are some of our favorite practices to teach students and teachers, teaching you how to relax your muscles through a two step process. First, you systematically tense particular muscle groups in your body, such as your neck and shoulders. Next, you release the tension and notice how your muscles feel when you… Read more »

Kids Yoga, Music and the Arts: “Trees” by Lianne Bassin

I wrote the song “Trees” (listen to the song below) many years ago when I was walking across Central Park on a glorious spring day. I was gazing at all of the trees around me, marveling at how human-like they were. Each one had such different characteristics – some were intimidating, scary, big and sharp,… Read more »

PRACTICE: Meditation for Gratitude and Lovingkindness

From my perspective, the aim of the yoga and mindfulness practice is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.  Gratitude is a gracious acknowledgment of all that sustains us. It is an appreciation of the moments of good fortune that sustain our life every day. It helps to… Read more »

Kids Yoga, Music and the Arts: Chirp Chirp – It’s Spring!

I love having my hands in dirt.  Something about its texture, the way it falls right through my fingertips and its vibrant, earthy smell makes me want to pause and take a deep breath.  I remember planting lima beans with my kindergarten students a few years ago on a beautiful Spring morning. Each child filled… Read more »

Queens Students and Little Flower Yoga on NY 1 NEWS

NY1 News came to visit us recently at one of our school sites, PS 205 in Bayside, Queens.  Little Flower Yoga is very proud to be teaching Yoga and Mindfulness to these incredible kids, and they had a blast posing for the camera. Check out the interview below, to hear thoughts from the kids, their classroom… Read more »

From The Field: The Power in Family Engagement

I've been thinking about how to bridge the school to home connection a lot lately and how it can be a missing link for educators and parents.  Developing deeper relationships with families has become part of my mission at school this year.  It's a big hope of mine that my students bring the life skills… Read more »

Kids Yoga, Music, and the Arts with Lianne Bassin: Monkey Mind Reflection & Audio Clip of the Song!

Monkey Mind is a term that describes the mind and typically means, “Agitated, easily distracted and incessantly moving behavior of ordinary human consciousness. Just as a monkey swinging through the trees grabs one branch and lets it go only to seize another, so too, that which is called thought, mind or consciousness arises and disappears continually… Read more »

Connect with Your Kids: Layers of Sound Exercise

LAYERS OF SOUND: This mindful listening practice asks your students to explore what they can hear around them in an intentional way. Our hearing is so sensitive. We don't have any way to block out sound the way we can close our eyes to reduce what we see. All of the sounds around us are… Read more »

Working with Autism in Your Yoga Class – 5 Helpful Resources

Each month we will take an inquiry or subject (proposed by you) and offer direction and feedback.  Feel free to write in with your concerns or questions and we will answer and provide all the advice we can offer. —————————- Increasingly there has become more interest regarding yoga and autism.  If you are a parent… Read more »

4 Steps to Getting Started – Life After Kids Yoga Teacher Training

So… you dove into children’s yoga trainings, voraciously read and wrote about your experiences, apprenticed through the mentorship program, have been hugely inspired by your peers in training and how this work attracts so many different kinds of people, and now you are a fully certified Little Flower Yoga children’s teacher!  Congrats!  Your heart is… Read more »

Wishing Tree Reflection – Music, Yoga & Mindfulness

Each month Lianne will be writing a reflection on each one of her songs on her soon to be released album, “Breathe In”.  Her first song and reflection is called “Wishing Tree” and we hope you enjoy this as much as we do.…When you wish upon a star, Makes no difference who you are. Anything your heart… Read more »

From The Field: The Empowerment That Comes from Understanding the Brain

In the Little Flower Yoga community The Whole Brain Child by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson is revered as a treasure trove of insight for educators and parents, and rightfully so.  Tricia Stevens explains some of the most poignant lessons she received from the book here.  I would like to add that it’s also a… 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 »

Cultivating JOY While You Teach

As we embark on the holiday season, I am realizing more and more that joy is an essential quality of life that needs to be present when I teach. Oftentimes, joy gets knocked down the totem pole of qualities of teaching, in both traditional and non-traditional classrooms, and many people think feeling joy simply means… Read more »

From the Field: The Value in Allowing Kids to Share What They Learn

As a children’s yoga and mindfulness educator I enter each lesson with a plan in mind, but there is also a grand scheme, my ultimate purpose for exploring this work with children. It’s my view that these life skills are a basic right of education, that there are certain underpinnings to what I’m trying to… Read more »

Chair Yoga – Myths Busted

Recently I took Little Flower Yoga's Chair Yoga Basics training and I wanted to share my experience with you. The training was so much more than I anticipated and it shed a new light on the world of chair yoga for me.  Too often I know thatI have given this style of yoga a stereotype and have sort of… Read more »

Let It Go: The Importance of Reflective Teaching

Did you ever have a moment teaching where you say something or do something that in retrospect was not supportive to your students? Yes, is the answer, no matter who you are (almost). Making mistakes is part of the nature of this work, and when you make a mistake or when you have a bad… Read more »

5 Reasons Teens Love Partner Yoga

In my last fifteen years of teaching yoga in schools, community centers and studios, one of the most effective methods I have found for engaging adolescents is partnership. ! Developmentally, teens have a strong need for interaction. Unfulfilled, the need for positive social experience can drive young people to lives of loneliness, depression and long-lived anxiety.… Read more »

Layers of Sound

This mindful listening practice asks your children and students to explore what they can hear around them in an intentional way.  Our hearing is so sensitive.  All of the sounds around us are competing for our attention all of the time.  Learning to attune our hearing to the sounds that are most important at the moment… Read more »

Less Reactivity and More Reflection

Simple tools to create more space in student/teacher interactions     Every so often teachers are caught up in interactions with a student or even a whole class where they feel reactive.  Anger arises, and it is very easy to say something regretful when we are caught up in the heated moment.  Reacting from anger is… Read more »

5 Tips to Reduce Anxiety

“Give It A Try”  So simple yet so full of power – yet so scary for some of us.   This morning I was fortunate enough to attend a conference at our local Board of Education for my son.  This was specifically for Special Needs Parents but one of the breakout sessions I attended was on Anxiety and… Read more »

What It’s Like To Be a Part of the LFY Mentorship Program – A Day In The Life

Mentorship teaching was a very fulfilling experience. As this was my first time teaching, ever, it was a revealing, informative, and very humbling experience. When I first started, I knew it wasn’t going to be second nature but thought it would be fairly easy since I love what I’m teaching. There is so much more… Read more »

Children’s Yoga and Trauma: A Teacher Spotlight with Melissa Kleinman

For many years Melissa Kleinman, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked in medical, not-for-profit, home and school-based settings empowering children to identify and regulate their emotions, form trusting relationships and develop a felt sense of control. Through this work she has had the opportunity to introduce yoga and mindfulness to trauma survivors, individuals with… Read more »

Caring Feelings: Practicing Kindness and Compassion for Children

The Caring Feelings activity is a child-friendly version of a Loving Kindness practice, which is a type of meditation that can help your child develop compassion, contentment, and a feeling of well-being. In a traditional adult Loving Kindness practice, kind thoughts would be sent to the self, to people close to you, to people you… 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 »

Mindfulness for Kids – A 5 Second Practice

Well-Wishes Creating a practice takes time for all of us and for children it’s no different.   In our home I like to think of it as building a house.  First and foremost we have to build a foundation.  If there isn’t a strong base with anything we may be setting ourselves up for failure.   Nothing… Read more »

Inspired by Children – A Teacher Reflection with Nicole Ascher

Nicole is a preschool, special education teacher and a Little Flower Yoga teacher and she found her inspiration after observing a child in her own classroom practicing yoga poses.  Watching this young child practice yoga on her own will to regulate her feelings when she felt nervous gave Nicole the motivation to complete a 200 teacher-training program at Three Sisters Yoga in 2011.  Her… Read more »