School Yoga Programs Help Kids and Teens Cope with Daily Stress: Spotlight on The Wellness Initiative

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of leading a Yoga Ed training for teachers involved in  The Wellness Initiative in Colorado. I asked one of the teachers, Allyson Levine, to guest write a blog to let our readers know about this wonderful organization making a positive impact on the lives of youth. I really […]

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Starting the Day with Awareness

The medical field has consistently identified self awareness as a hallmark of life long health. The growing social and emotional learning movement has also highlighted the benefits of developing awareness of states of being as a first step toward cultivating higher emotional intelligence. Try this simple exercise, either in the home or classroom, to boost self awareness […]

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Pose of the Week: Butterfly

Type of Pose: Seated Hip Opener Level: Beginner-Intermediate Appropriate for: All The literal translation of Baddha Konasana is Bound Angle Pose, sometimes referred to as Cobbler’s Pose. When teaching this pose the kids and youth, I like to use a more playful and familiar moniker; Butterfly Pose. For Youth 1. Sit on floor or mat […]

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Early Childhood Yoga Experiences: Jellyfish-Mountain Play

  This post is part of an on-going series sharing time-tested and true Early Childhood Yoga Experiences. Respected educational theorists, including Lev Vygotsky, Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner,  teach the importance of play in a child’s development. The same holds true in yoga education for early childhood. Imagine asking a group of 3-4 year olds […]

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