Teacher: Jennifer Cohen Harper
Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT is the founder and CEO of Zensational Kids, an educational company bringing evidence-based yoga and mindfulness practices to school communities worldwide. Teaching the inner resources of focused attention, self-awareness and resilience, Allison is passionate about training educators, mental health professionals and allied health professionals effective techniques to share these practices with youth. She began integrating yoga and mindfulness into her therapy sessions with children in 2007. Discovering the multitude of physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral benefits these practices offered her occupational therapy clients, and recognizing the need for more mental health programs in schools, Allison began writing curriculum and developing teacher training programs to help others share these practices.
She is the author of three separate curriculums for pre-k through high school-age students; Young Explorers: Yoga and Mindfulness in Early Childhood Education, EDUCATE 2B: Tools for engaged learning and living and EVERYDAY Mindfulness: Techniques for teens to develop compassion, calm, focus and resilience. She is also the author of Wisdom Within, a children’s exploration of inner awareness and was a contributor to Best Practices For School Yoga. She has partnered with universities to conduct research investigating the effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness with special-needs populations and contributes to several advisory boards and organizations involved in creating better lives for children. Along with helping schools develop resilient and compassionate internal and external environments for students and educators to thrive, Allison contributed the mindfulness component of the Jessie Lewis Choose Love Program, a free social and emotional learning curriculum for pre-k through 12th grade. Partnering with Newark Yoga Movement, she helped to develop Inner Calm, a school-wide yoga and mindfulness program to help students center, move and relax at the start of their day. As a sought-after international speaker, she brings knowledge, wit and joy to inspire her audience as they tap into their own inner resilience, empowering them to share it with those they serve.