Start Right Here (Teaching Mindfulness to Youth Pt.1)

Part one of a series of 5 posts on teaching mindfulness to youth. These techniques are geared especially for youth ages 11-15 years. Mindfulness is described as “allowing things to be as they are, resting in awareness, and then, taking appropriate action when called for” (Jon Kabat Zinn). Introducing adolescents to the practice of mindfulness […]

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MLK Day, Yoga and Wise Teens

A film crew from Australia, headed up by Kate Clere, came to New Roads Middle School today to film our yoga classes. They are making a documentary on women and yoga. Kate wanted to interview teen girls who practice yoga. As always, I was impressed by my students who spoke so articulately about their yogic […]

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What Does Peace SOUND Like?

To build context and develop the meaning of peace, I often use inquiries to prompt discussions with students. I’ve used the simple question, “What does peace sound like to you?’ for years in yoga classes with children and youth. Here are a few of my favorite answers: ~ “The garbage truck.” Diego, 4 ~ “My […]

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Breathe How You Want to Be (Yoga for Emotional Regulation Pt. 1)

Breathe How You Want to Be (Yoga for Emotional Regulation Pt. 1)

Scientists and leading educators are building a movement to encourage more emotional support in the classroom. As a yoga teacher, I could not be happier about that! Yoga, by it’s very nature, bolsters emotional awareness and aids in emotional regulation. Yoga provides an opportunity to become aware of our emotions, as well as tools to manage […]

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