3 Takeaways from the 2016 Yoga Service Conference

3 Takeaways from the 2016 Yoga Service Conference

I had the privilege and pleasure of attending this years Yoga Service Conference (YSC) at Omega in Rhinebeck May 13-15. This was my first chance to attend since I’ve taken the past few years off traveling to be home with my young children. It wasn’t a smooth journey getting there. For starters, after leaving home before […]

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Why Does Mindfulness Matter in Schools?

Why Does Mindfulness Matter in Schools?

This is not an article about the neuroscience supporting mindful practices in schools. For that good stuff, click here and here. Nor is this a treatise on the many ways mindful practices contribute to academic success. You can read about that here. And click here for a well executed visual on the importance of mindful practices in […]

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What in the World is SoulCycle, Anyway?

What in the World is SoulCycle, Anyway?

Since we  launched our first public fundraiser, a SoulCycle charity ride, people want to know, “What is SoulCycle and what does it have to do with yoga?” SoulCycle is an indoor-cycling class that in my estimation is: Part sweat lodge Part meditation hall 100% cardio fun In short, it’s one of the craziest things I’ve […]

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Earth Day Activities for Children and Teens

Earth Day Activities for Children and Teens

We are happy to share this second post by guest blogger, Randi Ragan. We love the way she loves Earth! Did you know Earth Day is now celebrated in over 175 countries and is the 3rd largest celebrated holiday in many of our nation’s schools? Although we can and should be celebrating the earth every […]

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Creative Imagery to Support Teen Mindfulness

Creative Imagery to Support Teen Mindfulness

Teen mindfulness practices work best when offered in context of the specific developmental needs of adolescence. It is not unusual for teens to feel anxious when beginning mindful practices. While visualization is not a traditional practice of mindfulness, the simple practice given here is supportive of the teen mindfulness process. Consider the chalkboard visualization as a scaffold to […]

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Crafting Intro Youth Yoga Classes

Crafting Intro Youth Yoga Classes

Working with a new group of students presents a host of opportunities and challenges for teachers creating intro youth yoga classes. For long time teachers, new groups can enliven and invigorate our teaching practices. New classes offer us a chance to be reflective on our teaching repertoire. What has worked in the past? What do we […]

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