5 “What If” Questions for Engaged Education

5 “What If” Questions for Engaged Education

What if….  teachers asked students: “What would you like to learn today?” What if….  administrators asked teachers: “What values are your students learning?’ What if…. parents were asked to express what they want their children to learn? What if…. overall well being were the first outcome we assessed? What if….schools set out to discover the unique […]

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4 Essentials of Effective Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Teaching Part Two: Pedagogy

4 Essentials of Effective Youth Yoga and Mindfulness Teaching Part Two: Pedagogy

In this series, we unpack the essential elements of effectively teaching youth yoga; Purpose, Pedagogy, Relationship and Appropriate Practices. Pedagogy: Our Approach to the Art of Teaching Teaching yoga to youth requires us to have a clear understanding of both the method of our practice and our approach to the science of teaching.  The way of teaching an […]

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5 Reasons Teens Love Partner Yoga

5 Reasons Teens Love Partner Yoga

One of the most effective methods I have found for engaging adolescents in mindful yoga is partnership. Developmentally, teens have a strong need for interaction. Unfulfilled, the need for positive social experience can drive young people to lives of loneliness, depression and long-lived anxiety. Adolescence is the perfect time and yoga is a perfect method […]

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Top 10 Ways to Reach Kids and Teens with Yoga

Top 10 Ways to Reach Kids and Teens with Yoga

1. Be in Discovery Mode Enter every class experience with eyes and ears for learning. Watch, observe and deeply listen to each student. Discover their needs and let theirs needs lead the way. 2. Know Your Stuff Take a course or webinar in childhood and/or adolescent development. The information will enhance your ability to deliver […]

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Eating Good Feels So Good! The Yoga of Food

Eating Good Feels So Good!  The Yoga of Food

I met Sorrel and her team of healthy cooks several years ago when they generously created a spread of vibrant food for our Shanti Generation launch party. The teens in attendance were mesmerized by the exotic colors and flavors Sorrel brought to the table. I love introducing my students to new, healthy foods whenever possible. […]

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Hungry for Life: Eat Well and Support Social Justice

Judith Bodart Beylerian, visited this week to play in the garden with our children. She brought with her a copy of Hungry for Life, a vibrant cookbook she co-created with her husband and my old friend, Gregory Beylerian. Over the past 6 months or so, I have witnessed their process of photographing and food styling […]

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The Mindful Educator’s Bookshelf: The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel (Entry #1)

Sharing resources I’ve collected and created over my teaching and learning career is one of my passions. This blog series offers insights into books covering a broad range of topics contributing to mindful education, including yoga, meditation, democratic education, pedagogy, diversity, culture and more. Choosing the first book of this series was both difficult and a […]

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The Only Kids Yoga Lesson Plan You’ll Ever Need

Have you experienced the feeling of developing a creative, juicy lesson plan full of inspiration only to walk into the classroom and find it just doesn’t align with the needs of your students? Being able to recognize incongruence and spontaneously create a new agenda in the moment is a hallmark of a mindfully aware, attuned, […]

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The Problem with Themes in Kids and Teen Yoga Lesson Planning

Themes in and of themselves are not necessarily problematic. When themes are derived from the real-time lives and experiences of our students, they can serve well. Even mythical story themes involving archetypes and morals have a place in the scheme of a curriculum. However, when themes are random and disconnected from our students experiences, they […]

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