Articles and Practices: For Teachers

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 »

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 »

The School Yoga Project and Social Emotional Learning: Research

CLICK HERE FOR ENLARGED VERSION OF RESEARCH POSTER   Database Coding and Interpretation:  April 20, 2014, Colin Pearsall Social emotional learning (SEL) theory posits that a child’s capacity for self-understanding and self-regulation is a gateway to achieving personal goals and participating in the community.  This research takes the reporting of SYP yoga teachers and interprets… Read more »

Chair Yoga Exercises for the Feet and Toes

by Mayuri Gonzalez, The School Yoga Project Director and Little Flower Yoga Teacher Trainer   Chair yoga is beneficial for teachers to practice during their long stretches of desk-time and for students, who spend hours sitting in their desks without many opportunities for physical activity breaks. Practicing yoga in the chair is a simple way… Read more »

How to Start and Maintain an At-Home Yoga Practice

    My yoga practice really deepened and developed when I started to practice at home by myself.  When you give yourself the opportunity to practice alone with only your inner guidance leading your movement (no online classes or DVDs!), it can open up a new opportunity for healing.  There is much value in practicing… Read more »

Help Your Child Find Their Own Strengths (I Am So Strong – A Meditation for Kids)

This is a powerful form of meditation that can help kids learn to focus rather easily.  There are various ways that you could fit this into a fun yoga class or add to a theme within a sequence of poses but I’d like to begin by making it as simple as possible. For me, I find that the best atribute… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Heart and Belly Breathing

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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 »

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 »

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 »