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Consistently expressing gratitude helps children learn how to cultivate positivity and happiness from within. The following sequence is a great go-to for Thanksgiving-themed yoga classes, however, I use it all year round! OPENING: Read several definitions of the word “contentment”. Discuss the difference between contentment and happiness. “What if we made the choice to be content all the time, no matter what is happening to us? What would that look like in your mood and in the way you interact with others throughout the day?” If time allows, invite students to journal or draw about their responses. CENTERING: Connect as... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
1. Why are you drawn to teaching yoga to children with special needs? I’ve always felt that yoga was less about the practice and more about the individual…that our practice should meet the needs of the student on the mat (or in the chair). Initially, I was drawn to yoga and teaching with this in mind. I never intended to teach yoga to children with special needs. When a child with Down Syndrome came into my life and I began to share yoga with her, other opportunities naturally came up as I shared yoga with her peers/at events etc. This... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
When you hear the phrase “kids’ yoga,” you probably picture children joyfully creating animal yoga poses with their bodies, singing songs, building partner postures, playing games and easily socializing with classmates. These are all typical aspects of yoga and mindfulness classes for children. But of course the intention of sharing yoga with children extends far beyond that. In addition to the poses, breathing, songs and games, yoga for children is also about the relationship we form with our students and the space we hold for them to grow, develop and learn. With some children and teens this come easily, but... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Children’s yoga has many benefits for kids including, better concentration, increased physical activity, improved relationships with peers and stress management. However, all of the things we know about teaching yoga have been focused on those with natural hearing. What about children with hearing loss? Here are three things you need to know about hearing loss: Hearing loss is different for everyone. There are many types and degrees of hearing loss, making abilities and interventions different for each individual affected by hearing loss. Hearing aids and implants do not restore hearing loss. Hearing aids and implants serve as a way to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
A relaxing yoga routine before your child's bedtime could be the answer to the "bedtime blues," providing the perfect sleep solution by helping your child shift from having a busy, distracted mind to focusing their attention and calming the nervous system through gentle movement, relaxation techniques and breath work. An additional benefit of practicing yoga with your child is creating space in the day for special one-on-one bonding time with you, which will help you both relax! Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
I have read many books on the subject of mindfulness and in particular with regards to teens. Since becoming a yoga teacher, the one I return to time and time again for guidance is Buddha's Brain, by Rick Hanson, with Richard Mendius. Yes, there is discussion of Buddhism and its principles, but the message I took away was that when we change our brain we can positively change our life. I find this concept particularly helpful when working with teens, helping them to develop strategies for positive thinking and stress reduction. There are countless books that tell us by altering... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Yoga class provides a safe space for babies, toddlers and their caregivers to explore movement milestones, social-emotional development, and connect with each other and other parents and children. Taking class with your tot or toddler can offer some of the following benefits you might not have thought about: 1. Language development – Tot yoga classes expose babies and toddlers to language through words with actions, songs, and attention to body awareness. By connecting movement with language, yoga supports the way language development is already happening in your child’s brain. “University of Washington research in 7- and 11-month-old infants shows that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at The Kids Yoga Resource
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with Jane Costello, a recent graduate from the ChildLight Yoga 95 Hour Certification. We have found Jane's story of why she teaches, and how that has changed along the way, incredibly inspiring. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
As I became more involved teaching yoga to adolescents, I craved more training resources specific to teens, their unique stressors and developmental considerations. The ChildLight Yoga for Teens Teacher Training brought me to a level of understanding that has strengthened my skills and supported me in numerous ways when teaching teens. I learned how to best support youth as they navigate through the tween and teen years by providing opportunities to build self-esteem and promote healthy body image while teaching tools for coping with stress and peer pressure in a fun, non-competitive, non-judgmental environment. The training went into great depth on topics including: Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
We are thrilled to be partnering with US Sports Camps to bring Nike Yoga Camps for kids and teens to the New Hampshire seacoast region this summer! Introducing young athletes to yoga and other aspects of mind/body wellness such as nutrition and stress management, supports and enhances athletic performance while providing a foundation for a healthy lifestyle. With Nike’s support, the ChildLight Yoga staff is gearing up to present an active, educational and FUN experience for all campers this summer... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Glad to hear it! I had forgotten about this FUN game - your comment popped up and reminded me to share it again. Thank you! Here's to healthy eating in 2016!
During this holiday time families usually spend more time together with some vacation time and visiting with extended families. These times are usually filled with sweets and gifts but they can also be filled with unrealistic expectations and stressful situations. Mindful activities can reduce the feeling of being “stressed out”. Mindful activities can create a more creative, relaxed, centered, and fun atmosphere during this holiday time. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Like yoga, gratitude is a practice. Here are 5 simple ways to share gratitude practices with your teens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
You are so welcome! Feel free to share this post with others. All my best, Lisa Flynn
When you are trying to create a safe space for tweens, it isn’t as simple as covering the outlets, moving the candles, tying up the curtains, or listing some safety rules. Tweens need to feel emotionally safe so they can trust the teacher and the other students and let their guard down. So how do you create a safe space for a tween to be a kid? Here are 5 tips to get you started... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Yoga class for pre-crawling or newly mobile infants and toddlers is a great way to bond with your child while instilling healthy life habits. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
With school starting around the country, students may be experiencing emotions ranging from joy and excitement, to anxiety or even dread. Keeping evenings low key or employing wind-down yoga may go a long way toward preventing end-of-day meltdowns and frayed nerves. Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2015 at The Kids Yoga Resource
The most important element of a My OmAbilities Yoga class is the connection made between yoga teacher and student and, in group settings, between the students in the class. The yoga circle becomes a place where students are challenged, while feeling perfectly safe to be themselves. I'll never forget the day one of my students, exclaimed at the end of class, "I love my yoga friends!" As students begin to make internal connections in their own body and mind, they become more able to connect with others, whether it be the yoga teacher or other students in the group. This ability to connect with others can help reduce the sense of isolation that many children with special needs encounter. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Mindfulness, the practice of developing focused awareness of the present moment without any judgement, has been shown to provide a number of postive benefits to children including improved focus, resilience, and prosocial behavior. Summer's remaining days provide the ideal setting to teach children simple mindfulness practices including child-friendly meditation (focusing) practices, breathing exercises and yoga postures. The ability to turn to these healthy practices as needed helps children ultimately do better at home, at school and in life. Janine Bibeau, a kindergarten teacher at Portsmouth’s Little Harbour School who is a certified ChildLight Yoga instructor and Yoga 4 Classrooms trainer,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Christopher Theodore, a physical education teacher and certified ChildLight Yoga instructor, has been teaching yoga to children in Philadelphia public schools for the past 14 years. Recently, he was awarded both the Teacher of the Year and Trailblazer award for the Cardiyogalicious Physical Education (P.E.) class curriculum he created. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Practicing yoga and mindfulness outdoors with children connects them with nature while encouraging feelings of peacefulness, happiness and a sense of belonging in the world. ChildLight Yoga shares how. Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Earth Day is also the ideal opportunity to incorporate a Service Learning project! Service Learning is a strategy which combines community service, instruction, and reflection to enrich a learning experience, teach responsibility, citizenship, and build awareness within a community. Ten Simple Steps to Plan and Implement a Service Project: Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Lisa Flynn will be co-presenting the Yoga 4 Classrooms study at the Bridging the Hearts & Minds of Youth Conference on February 7-9, 2014 at the Paradise Point Resort & Spa. In addition to keynotes by Sharon Salzberg, Congressman Tim Ryan, neuropsychiatrist Dr. Dan Siegel mindfulness teacher Amy Saltzman and mindfulness in education researcher and expert Mark Greenberg, the lineup includes a full array of breakout sessions, and enlightening research symposia presentations. Morning meditation sessions will be led by Jeffrey Zlotnik of The Meditation Initiative and Elisha Goldstein, the author of The Now Effect: How a Mindful Moment Can Change the Rest of Your Life. Plus, join me on the beach on Saturday morning and Jennifer Cohen Harper on Sunday morning for "Yoga on the Bay." Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource
Sharing yoga as a family is not only fun, but has the power to strengthen the family unit. A strong family breeds well-adjusted children who are positively connected to those who love them and are empowered to reflect that love out into the world. Here are 6 Ways Yoga Promotes Strong Families. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at The Kids Yoga Resource