Back to School Essentials: Yoga and Mindfulness for Children and Teens

September 8th, 2017 Required School Supplies: 3-1 1/2 3-ring binder 4 packages college lined loose-leaf paper 1 composition notebook (ELA) Compassion Generosity Kindness Patience Parents across the country are scrambling from store to store scooping up supplies. Kids and teens are starting to wake up early again. Administrators and teachers are putting final touches on new curriculum […]

Why Does Mindfulness Matter in Schools

07/15/16 This is not an article about the neuroscience supporting mindful practices in schools. For that good stuff, click here and here. Nor is this a treatise on the many ways mindful practices contribute to academic success. You can read about that here. And click here for a well executed visual on the importance of mindful practices […]

Creative Imagery to Support Teen Mindfulness

April 14th, 2016 We are pleased to have our guest blogger, and favorite educator, Abby Wills, contributing to this week’s blog. Abby and her team at Shanti Generation have been steadfast with their drive and passion to promote the teaching of mindfulness to teens in our schools. In this week’s blog Abby shares with us […]

Partner Yoga for Bully Relief: One Day in Yoga Class

October 23rd, 2014 One day in middle school yoga class, something profound happened. During roll call, I noticed a sixth grade student, new to the school, not occupying his yoga mat. Instead, he was hunched down on the floor between two tall filing cabinets. “Are you hurt?” I asked. He shook his head “No,” without […]

Get Teens Talking About Mindfulness

September 25, 2014 Teens hear their peers’ voices and words in very different ways than they hear their parents and teachers. This is why getting teens to talk about their mindfulness experiences is a pivotal component of effective teen yoga classes. I encourage teen yoga teachers to “get good” at facilitating potent group discussions. The […]

The Mindful Educator’s Bookshelf: The Mindful Brain by Daniel J. Siegel

November 21th, 2013 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 […]