Articles and Practices: Teacher Reflections

Body of Emotions: A Mindfulness Practice to Explore Emotions with Teens

Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going inside ourselves. ~ Bessel A. van der Kolk The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma One of my favorite… 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 »

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 »

Life After LFY Training-An Interview with RCYT, Yogi Jessie

Yogi Jessie (@OTyogi) is a certfied Little Flower Yoga Teacher.  She attended all three levels of training at Princeton Center for Yoga and Health and completed her training in 2014.  Jessica is currently working towards a degree in Occupational Therapy so that she may better serve the children in her life.   1).  What has… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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: 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »