Articles and Practices

Creating a Better World for Our Children – Teacher Reflection: Vanessa CL Weiner

Vanessa’s first experience with yoga was a gift certificate from her husband for classes together in 2002. What she didn’t know is that it would bring her back to the centered feeling she had during her childhood as a gymnast when her dad taught her to meditate. A new mom when she and her husband… Read more »

Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids – What 10 Years of Research Reveals

The efficacy of yoga and other mindfulness practices are supported by thousands of years of tradition. Now, science is confirming the benefits for kids, too. (exceprt from Little Flower Yoga for Kids) Yoga and other mindfulness practices have been the subject of an increasing amount of research as they have become more popular in the… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts, Ending On a High Note

Throughout the country, as the warm weather settles in, schools are beginning to wrap up their academic year.  Excitedly, we as teachers welcome the final months of the school year and our children are equally as enthusiastic, becoming increasingly antsy in their seats as they await the final day of class.  Whether your child loves… Read more »

Six Simple Ways to Help Your Child Increase Focus Today: Tools from a Yoga and Mindfulness Practice

We often ask our children to pay attention. Pay attention to your school work, pay attention to your father, pay attention to your teacher. But we don’t always have a clear idea of what we are actually asking of them. When we ask our children to pay attention, what we really mean is something along… Read more »

Yoga Nidra – Practice Surrender for Children and Adults

Yoga nidra is an ancient but little-known yogic practice that's becoming increasingly popular as both a form of meditation and a mind-body therapy. It is a systematic form of guided relaxation and unique combination of alert awareness and deep relaxation. The literal translation of nidra is sleep. However, yoga nidra is a dynamic state, not the… Read more »

Joyful Commitment to the Local and the Global: An Interview with Karen Gilmour

We are so proud to spotlight Little Flower Yoga Teacher Karen Gilmour!  Karen is the director of Alluem Kids, an ever-growing yoga program for kids, teens and families located in Alluem Yoga in Cranford, NJ. Upon discovering yoga in 2004, Karen watched her true-self shine through every time she stepped on her mat and grew passionate about… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: Let’s Get Moving

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids.  To learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers click here:  http://littlefloweryoga.com/about —– Throughout the school year, we have… Read more »

In the Spotlight: The School Yoga Project – Montebello Road Elementary School

The School Yoga Project, a program of Little Flower Yoga, is honored to work with some incredible schools. Each month we will be sharing the story of a school with you, so that we can explore the wide range of options for integrating yoga and mindfulness into your learning community, and celebrate the impact on… Read more »

3 Things I Learned From The Whole Brain Child

As a yoga teacher, a mom and a person that is around children a great deal I found The Whole Brain Child by Dr. Daniel Siegel, M.D. and Tina Payne Bryson, PH.D. incredibly helpful on so many levels. Upon finishing the book I had two immediate thoughts: Every mom and dad should get this handed… Read more »

Tree Pose Exploration

Tree Pose Exploration Tree pose is among the most recognizable of yoga poses for a good reason. It is a balancing pose that is both challenging and achievable, and once you’ve practiced a bit the feeling of steadily grounding down and reaching up at the same time is very satisfying. Tree pose is also the perfect place to… Read more »

How to Use Books in Kids Yoga Classes

Reading meaningful and engaging books can really add to a child's experience of yoga and mindfulness. When we chose relevant books for our kids, we provide opportunities to connect more to themselves and the world around them by  seeing themselves in the characters that they are reading about.  When selecting your book, try to imagine… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: Autism Awareness

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. At long last, the sun is… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: Reaching Every Student

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. In our adult lives, it is… Read more »

Expanding Energy Meditation

This meditation is a favorite for many children. When you are really focusing in on the practice, it is an exciting way to feel the energy that makes up the entire natural world (including us!) right in our hands. This activity offers such a concrete way to know if your mind is wandering. As soon as you take… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: Snowed In? No Problem

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. If you live anywhere in the… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: New Year, New You

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. Happy New Year, All!  2013 has… Read more »

Kids Reading Recommendation: The Museum

Check out this fantastic book by LFY teacher Susan Verde! It is an amazing exploration of feelings experienced by a child visiting a museum. My daugther, Isabelle, loves it and she's only 15 months old. I think older children would appreciate it for entirely different reasons.  The Museum, by Susan Verde

Cultivating the Social and Emotional Competencies of Educators, A Report from The Garrison Institute

A couple of weeks ago I had the tremendous good fortune to spend my time with about 90 educators of educators. This inspiring community is made up of people who care deeply about our children, and also care deeply about our teachers. They came together at the Garrison Institute to share, explore, question, and create… Read more »

A Counselors Thoughts: Children and Holiday Stress

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. Throughout the school year, kids… Read more »

Yoga for Common Childhood Challenges

Childhood today is filled with challenges, stressors and obstacles that can be overwhelming for parents and children alike. We want to support our kids and keep them safe and healthy, but without overprotecting, over-medicating or stigmatizing them. Yoga offers families an effective tool to address many of the most difficult concerns during the school age… Read more »

Kids Reading Recommendation (and great gift!): Visiting Feelings

This gorgeous book is a wonderful holiday gift for the children in your life. I am considering buying an extra copy, so I can cut it apart and frame the pages in my daughters room!  Author Lauren Rubenstein is an amazing part of the Yoga Service community, and is donating book proceeds to Go Give… Read more »

Heart and Belly Breathing

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Reading Recommendation: Learning to Breathe

Reading Recommendation: Learning to Breathe, Patricia C. Broderick I had the good fortune this weekend of spending some time with author and creator of the Learning to Breathe program, Patricia Broderick, at the Garrison Institute's Mindfulness in Education: Cultivating the Social and Emotional Competencies of Educators Symposium. Patricia's work is thoughtful and her mindulness program for adolescents… Read more »

A Counselor’s Thoughts: Yoga and Academic Success

As a former school counselor, LFY teacher Jess Belanger has a unique perspective to share with us. She will be contributing a monthly article to our conversation, offering information to help parents and teacher support their kids. Click Here to learn more about Jess and all of our LFY teachers. It's Monday night.  You check… Read more »

Resource Recommendation: Yoga Skills for Kids and Teens DVD

Check out this amazing resource from our friends at Shanti Generation! Partner yoga for teens builds healthy relationship and communication skills, and fosters a strong sense of community in your classes. Abby Wills is a wonderful teachers, and we are thrilled that this dvd is out there in the world. It includes ten 5 minute… Read more »

I’m Full of Love

This children’s meditation is a variation on a traditional kundalini yoga meditation. It is an active meditation that reinforces your child’s capacity for kindness. It is accessible and engaging for children who have trouble keeping their body still, and for many children this becomes one of their most relied-upon tools in everyday life. You can… Read more »

Recommended Reading: Brainstorm

I just pre-ordered my copy of Dan Siegel's newest book, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain. Pre-ordering the book gives you access to a brainstorm video, and of course insures that you get it asap! Dan's work has had a tremendous impact on the work of LFY, and I can't wait to… Read more »

Our Book!

We are so thrilled to introduce LFY Founder Jennifer Cohen Harper's new book: Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance     Huge thanks to New Harbinger Publications, and to Dan Siegel, author of The Whole Brain Child (and several other fantastic books)… Read more »

Back to Basics Reading Recommendation

As we all get back into the swing of the school year, it seems like a good time to brush up on the fundamentals. This year we have added a fantastic new resource to our required reading list of our Children's Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training course. 30 Essential Yoga Poses, by Judith Lasater, is… Read more »

Single Pointed Focus Meditation

A very simple but effective type of meditation is the practice of fixing your gaze on one steady object for a set period of time. You may have heard of an adult practice of fixing one’s gaze on a candle flame. With children we get more creative to find safer variations of the practice. 1.… Read more »