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 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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Teen Yoga is Risky Business

In his book, Too Safe for Their Own Good, Michael Ungar talks about the risk of a risk-free, overprotected life for youth. Ungar offers insights into the “risk-taker’s advantage,” the benefits that come from experiencing manageable amounts of danger. Does it seem counterintuitive to encourage teens to take risks as a method for helping them […]

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Partner Yoga for Teens: Is it Inappropriate?

  The question always stops me in my tracks: “Is it really okay for teens to be touching each other in yoga? Isn’t that against the rules?” And what shocks me even more is the people who ask. It’s not just my cab driver in Asheville, NC who politely inquired about my line of work. […]

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Grassroots Phys Ed Revival

  It’s easy to complain about the current state of affairs in public school. In fact, it can be hard not to. A budgetary crisis has lead to frustrating cuts in physical education programs. Many of us, including parents, teachers and taxpayers, are deeply concerned about the implications these cuts have on our children today, […]

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