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Yoga in Schools: The Religion Question

  Lately, the “religion question” seems to be arising via blogs and social networks in a monthly wave. During the last fifteen or so years I’ve been involved in school yoga, the religion question  bobbed up to the surface only occasionally and typically came from a new teacher wondering what to say if the question […]

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Urban Teens, Earth Day & Yoga: Let the Planet Do the Teaching. on elephantjournal.com

Walking meditation was not the first yogic technique that came to mind when developing curricula for teen yoga classes. Yet, it’s that practice which helped my students find a deeper connection not only to yoga, but to the planet and their place on it. Read article here on elephantjournal.com And please recommend it if you like it.

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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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Pose of the Week: Cobra Pose

Cobra Pose: Bhujangasana (Sanskrit) Type of Pose: Backbend Level: Beginner-Intermediate Appropriate for Ages: 4 & up Cobra Pose is a completely natural posture for the body. Think about the pictures you’ve seen of infants pushing themselves up from laying on the belly. There are multiple ways of practicing Cobra, depending on age and physical condition. […]

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