When working in schools we have the privilege of working with children from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. It is therefore essential that we work to create an inclusive and welcoming learning community.
An important part of this work, particularly in public schools, is a commitment to secularism in our teaching, and to respecting the diverse religious and non-religious beliefs of our children and their families.
Secularism maintains a separation between state and religious institutions and recognizes religious equlity before the law.
Secularism also invites students to bring their own belief system to the educational experience. In teaching yoga and mindfulness we can meaningfully support students in this exploration without promoting any particular religious or spiritual beliefs.
Join LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper, with special guest Catherine Cook-Cottone, Univerity of Buffalo Professor and founder of Yogis in Service, to explore questions for you to reflect on. These questions will help you to ensure secularity in your teaching and create a welcoming environment where everyone can feel safe and included.