Articles and Practices

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 »

A Cooling Practice: Seethali Breath

As we make our way into the hottest time of year, Seethali Breath is a great practice to try at home with your kids. This is a cooling breathing practice that children tend to love. It is useful to practice when the weather is hot, but also when the emotions are heated. Stick your tongue… Read more »

Flower Pose: Welcome Spring!

Welcome the first day of spring with Flower Pose! A seated balance that is very accessible. It is both grounding and uplifting, bringing balance to your physical body and to your emotions. This is one of many activities that will be included in our upcoming book: Little Flower Yoga for Kids, being released this summer… Read more »

Valentine’s Day Loving Kindness Practice

Happy Valentines Day! We hope that you are enjoying a day filled with love for your family, your friends, your children, and yourself! Here is a child friendly version of a loving kindness meditation practice that you can share with your students or your own child today. This is one of many activities that will… Read more »

Contemplative Education Database

We are so happy to be a part of the Garrison Institute's newly launched, free, publically accessible database of contemplative teaching and learning programs. Users can search the database according to program characteristics such as location, contemplative approach, and target audience. For example, a teacher in New Jersey could use the database to search for… Read more »

Back to School Practice: Mindful Listening

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 competing for our… Read more »

Teacher Reflections: On Gratitude and Teen Girls

Teacher Reflections: Mary Gillen Blog posts from our Little Flower Family I’ve been teaching yoga to pregnant teens at a youth correctional facility in the NY since May. Each week I drive white-knuckled, fighting 18-wheelers for a lane, to what seems like the farthest corner of the city. I pass small houses and corporate compounds,… Read more »

Natural Elements: Connect, Move & Relax

This activity, inspired by Thich Nhat Hanh's pebble meditation, connects students to aspects of nature, and the different kinds of strength that make up the whole. In this Little Flower Yoga version of a pebble meditation practice, we incorporate movement, drawing and journaling, along with the a mindfulness practice, to create a complete experience for… Read more »

Teacher Reflections: Back to School

Teacher Reflections: Salvador Martinez Blog Posts from our Little Flower Family Oh, yes! It’s time to store the bathing suit, shorts, tank tops, and flip-flops, and bring forward the layers.  Time to switch the summer beverage of lemonade to perhaps to maybe a hot chocolate. It’s fall and the kids are back in school! That… Read more »

Falling Leaves: A Relax Activity

This is a great relaxation exercise to try any time you feel tired, stressed, angry or frustrated. It is also very helpful if you can’t fall asleep. Begin with a gentle warm up, and then start your relaxation with tree pose. Stand tall, find a still point to focus on, and imagine your feet rooting… Read more »

Back to Back Breathing: A Partner Breathe Activity

This is a simple activity that many students (adults and kids alike!) get into and don’t want to get out of. It is a safe and comfortable way of offering loving contact and invites partners to expand their awareness outside of their own bodies. Children often say they feel calmer and more comfortable in this… Read more »

The Five Elements of a Little Flower Yoga Class

Often we are asked what our children's yoga classes actually look like. What are we teaching? Are we just practicing movement? Where does the mindfulness come in? Do kids actually calm down? Below is an overview of the five elements that we consider essential aspects of any child's yoga experience. Activities that explore these five elements… Read more »

Crossing the Line: A Connecting Activity

Crossing the Line is a group activity that has a very strong impact on both children and adults. It is a quiet, meaningful experience of recognizing our similarities, and is a great way to reinforce a sense of community within your class. We use it most often with teens. Stress and anxiety are often caused… Read more »

Shining a Light on Domestic Violence: LFY Founder on WFUV Radio’s Cityscape Program

Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can happen to anyone – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, orientation or socio-economic status. This week on Cityscape the subject is explored in a wide variety of communities. Little Flower Yoga Founder Jennifer Cohen Harper participates in the conversation, discussing the use of yoga in women and children survivors.… Read more »

Earth Day Mindfulness Practice: Exchanging The Breath

Exchanging the breath is a beautiful meditative breathing practice that encourages people to mindfully consider their connection with each and every person and living thing on our earth. It is deeply calming and healing. 1. Find a comfortable seat or other position. Take a few moments to relax your body and make sure that nothing… Read more »

Loving Guidelines for Showing a Child All That is Possible: An Elephant Journal Article

As we come to the end of Autism awareness month, I am very aware of all the information and advice that has been swirling around the children’s yoga world talking about how to support students on the spectrum. There has been some really wonderful sharing happening, but I want to take a moment to remind… Read more »

Movement Activity: Seed to Forest of Trees

This simple activity is a great way to welcoming in the Spring with your children! Tree pose connects you deeply to the earth, sharpens your focus, strengthens your legs and builds balance in your whole body. 1. Start off in seed, or child’s pose, sitting on your knees, folding over them from the hips and… Read more »

International Journal of Yoga Therapy: Teaching Yoga in Urban Elementary Schools

Teaching Yoga to children is a fulfilling but challenging journey, particularly in poverty-stricken urban school districts. The physical, mental, and emotional impact of poverty on children has serious implications for their academic achievement. Introducing Yoga as part of their regular school experience shows tremendous potential for helping students navigate challenges that interfere with learning. This… Read more »

Yoga Service Council

Little Flower Yoga is one of the founding members of The Yoga Service Council, an organization dedicated to using the tools of yoga to foster joy, resilience, and well being in every person regardless of circumstance so that all communities can thrive. Our mission is to support individuals and organizations to best serve and empower… Read more »

The Home for Little Wanderers

The Home for Little Wanderers is a Boston based organization dedicated to ensuring the healthy behavioral, emotional, social and educational development and physical well-being of children and families living in at-risk circumstances. In 2010 The Home invited LFY to Boston to train a group of staff members in yoga and mindfulness skills, and launched a… Read more »

Sanctuary for Families

Sanctuary for Families is a vital organization that provides shelter and support to victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking. Women and children who have suffered abuse have often had their spirit battered along with their bodies, and rebuilding their sense of trust, self-worth and capacity for joy is a crucial component of their recovery.… Read more »

LFY on “Here Women Talk” Radio.

The Topic: Who owns Yoga's Soul? as written about in The New York Times. Co-hosts Jessica Durivage and Diane Ferraro, both with extensive backgrounds in yoga, wellness and holistic health, welcome special guests Sheetal Shah of the Hindu American Foundation (“HAF”) and Jennifer Cohen Harper of Little Flower Yoga. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN CLICK HERE… Read more »

Music for Yoga

Little Flower Yoga has partnered with amazing singer and songwriter Celia Rose to develop our new collection of Children's Yoga Music! Celia is a truly wonderful spirit, who has been teaching socially minded songwriting workshops to children throughout the world as an ambassador for peace. She has worked with children in Africa, Haiti, Israel, France… Read more »