Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids from Jennifer Cohen Harper
- The Neuroscience of Yoga & Mindfulness
- Soothe the protective brain, engage and exercise the thoughtful brain
- The brain-body relationship
- Regulate the nervous system
- Manage emotions
- 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
- ADHD considerations
- Building Your Toolkit of Practices
- The Five Elements of Yoga and Mindfulness
- Connect: Practices to increase present moment awareness of self and others (Mindful Listening, Checking in Worksheet, Caring Feelings Meditation, I Am In Charge)
- Breathe: Practices to stabilize energy and emotions (Grounding Breath, Empowering Breath, Calming Breath, Balancing Breath)
- Move: Yoga based movement to regulate energy, and develop an improved sense of
- agency (Grounding, Strengthening, Balancing)
- Focus: Activities to build focus and attention capacity (Single Pointed Focus, Thought River Meditation, Expanding Energy Meditation)
- Relax: Practices to calm the nervous system (Restorative Yoga, Tense and Let Go)
- Addressing Resistance
- Create an invitation to participate
- Make practices relevant
- Effective modeling
- Skillful acceptance
- Use mindfulness and yoga in challenging moments
Do you think yoga and mindfulness can help the children you work with, but have no idea where to start? You’ve learned some mindfulness activities, but can’t figure out when and how to use them? Run out of good options for working with your most challenging kids? All children deserve the chance to thrive, and a growing body of research shows that yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to help navigate a challenging world.
Join Jennifer Cohen Harper, author, founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, to explore how these practices can help kids soothe the protective part of their brain and engage and exercise the thoughtful part.
You’ll walk away from this engaging seminar with a step-by-step approach to integrate the practices of yoga and mindfulness to help children and adolescents who are struggling to regulate their emotions, sustain attention and control impulsive behavior.
Based on a program used with children in NYC schools, this framework for helping children access the inner resources of their body, breath and mind is comprehensive and effective, as well as accessible even for those with no prior yoga or mindfulness experience.
It’s time to help our kids move away from reactivity and toward balanced engagement with the world, both at home and at school. This seminar combines discussion, lecture, practice and reflection to send you back to your work inspired and empowered with both new tools and a clear knowledge of how to implement them.