Featuring Jennifer Cohen Harper, Author and Founder and Director of Little Flower Yoga
15+ effective, engaging activities to immediately offer your clients
Improve children’s capacity to focus while supporting their creativity and compassion
Reduce impulsive behavior and create space for good decision making
5 key elements of sharing yoga and mindfulness with children
Many children struggle with impulse control, self-regulation of emotions, and maintaining focus. While some of these children may have a diagnosed disorder, others may simply be experiencing life challenges that they don’t have the skills to navigate successfully. Building these skills is possible! The tools of yoga and mindfulness offer both a way to handle these challenges in the moment, and a way to increase children’s resilience and ability to self-regulate in the future.
Using the framework of - Connect, Breathe, Move, Focus and Relax - we can help children move from a state of reactivity and anxiety to a state of balance and engagement. As we address the underlying causes of poor attention and self-regulation, you will learn practical ways to support your clients and students quickly and effectively.
The tools you learn in this course will give you immediate access to time tested and well researched practices that allow a challenging problem to be addressed in a holistic and strength based way. Give your students skills to regulate their own emotions, make good choices, stay focused, and ultimately live happier and healthier lives. Build relationships with your clients and improve your own well-being along with theirs.
This is a joyful workshop, taught by an engaging presenter. You will leave feeling inspired, empowered, capable and calm. No previous yoga or mindfulness experience needed.
1. Describe the relationship between brain, nervous system, and body, and how yoga and mindfulness can support effective integration and function.
2. Recognize situations in which yoga and mindfulness practices will be helpful, and understand how to implement them.
3. Implement yoga and mindfulness practices in an engaging, safe and effective manner.
4. Maximize children’s capacity for focusing attention in a way that is strength based and supportive of their individual needs.
5. Help children come into better emotional balance, reduce impulsive behavior, and support their capacity to make good choices.
6. Identify how to increase your own resilience and effectiveness with mindfulness-based self-care.
The Neuroscience of Yoga & Mindfulness
Soothe the protective brain, engage and exercise the thoughtful brain
The brain-body relationship
Regulate the nervous system
Explore the relationship between attachment, embodiment and attention
Strategies for Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children
8 guidelines to create an emotionally and physically safe space
Making practice relevant
Building Your Toolkit of Practices
The Five Elements of Yoga and Mindfulness
Practices to increase present moment awareness of self and others (Mindful Listening,Checking in Worksheet, Caring Feelings Meditation, I Am In Charge)
Practices to stabilize energy and emotions (Grounding Breath, Empowering Breath, Calming Breath, Balancing Breath)
Yoga based movement to regulate energy, and develop an improved sense of agency (Grounding, Strengthening, Balancing)
Activities to build focus and attention capacity (Single Pointed Focus, Thought River Meditation, Expanding Energy Meditation)
Practices to calm the nervous system (Restorative Yoga, Tense and Let Go)
Create an invitation to participate
Make practices relevant
Use mindfulness and yoga in challenging moments
About the Presenter:
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga and mindfulness community, and the author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, and co-editor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. She is the founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, a national organization based in New York, and The School Yoga Project, which brings yoga and mindfulness to schools nationwide, including directly serving over 5000 children a week in NYC alone. Jennifer is the board president of the Yoga Service Council and an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In addition to her work in schools, Jennifer leads a well-respected children’s yoga and mindfulness teacher certification program, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families. Her work has been featured in prominent publications including The New York Times, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and Yoga Journal, and endorsed by thought leaders including Daniel Siegel, Sharon Salzberg and Congressman Tim Ryan. Jennifer is a talented presenter, offering powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.