We Love You, Iran and Israel!

  “When the power of  love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” – Jimi Hendrix This is a very cool story about the power of love. A graphic designer in Israel created a poster that said, “Iran, We Love You”. He posted it to facebook with a message. People started sharing […]

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Mindful Classroom Management: Part 3 Building Community

    Cultivating a positive learning community is an essential component of achieving harmony in the classroom. Here I will share 3 activities that utilize small gifts and experiences to promote community within and beyond the classroom. 1. Rainbow Web Connection Activity- This activity is common to progressive classrooms and community development workshops. All you […]

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Reflections on Living Yoga

      I had the pleasure of joining Joni Yung, The Accidental Yogist, on her radio show, Yoga Chat, recently. Joni spent the hour covering topics related to teen health, fitness and yoga. During our chat, I remembered a time many years ago when I was a young adult, confused and unsure where my […]

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

  1. “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.” 2. “You can get help from teachers, but you are going to have to learn a lot by yourself, sitting alone in a room.” 3. “I know, up on top you are seeing […]

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An interview with Self-Compassion author Kristen Neff

    One of the cornerstones of our work here at Shanti Generation is self-compassion. Without self-compassion we cannot cultivate compassion for others. Our personal practice must include self-compassion if we are to practice peace in the world. Dr. Kristin Neff is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Culture at the University of Texas […]

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Enhance Your Teen Yoga Class with Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a delightful way to enliven teen yoga classes. One of my students favorites is to enter a freshly spritzed room and inhale the refreshing aroma of rosemary. My mother-in-law sent me the following article touting the brain boosting benefits of the herb. Rosemary room sprays can be found at natural food stores. Better […]

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Teen Yogis Talk About Bullying

  Neuroscience research is beginning to prove the validity of mindful practices for cultivating social and emotional intelligence. Teens who practice yoga already know how beneficial it is to become more self aware and able to cope effectively with emotions. They know how relieving stress helps to create more positive, compassionate relationships. Teen yogi’s know […]

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