Introducing Eversees and the Magic Tree

Introducing Eversees and the Magic Tree

Six years ago, a beautiful, rhyming, poetic story came through me onto the page of my notebook. I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it at the time, so I tucked it away. Through a series of events that I didn’t plan–but that couldn’t have been coincidence either–those words have become the vehicle to […]

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Why You Should Try Service Learning

Why You Should Try Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection. Adding service learning to mindfulness curriculum can be a key towards opening the heart of youth participants to the world. To serve others is an act of love when it is based on reciprocity. My most recent journey […]

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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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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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I am a Dot, You are a Circle: Teen Visualization Technique

My library is full of resources for sharing contemplative arts with young people. One of the oldest and still to this day most relevant books taking residence in my collection was published in 1976, the year after I was born. Dr. Deborah Rozman’s, Meditation for Children, includes several practical techniques that have occupied my teacher […]

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