While the summer has been a time of rest and reflection, it has also provided a bountiful source of inspiration and growth for Zensational Kids. I’m excited to share with you the following highlights and happenings:
New Course: Educate 2B: Tools for Engaged Learning and Living
Developed over the past 5 years and piloted in elementary and middle school classrooms in Northern New Jersey, the Educate 2B Program has been designed to educate classroom teachers, therapists and counselors on techniques to guide students through breath, movement and mindfulness activities. The purpose is to teach students specific tools to help them self-regulate, focus, connect to themselves and others and prepare their mind and body to be ready to learn. Our comprehensive, fully illustrated manual provides detailed information of the neuroscience behind these practices and the connection to learning. To find out about our next training, visit our schedule page.
As an added development, I am collaborating with physical therapy students from Touro College in NYC, to do some research on our Educate 2B Program. We will be looking at the effects that breath, movement and mindfulness have on self-regulation as well as facilitating the acquisition of IEP goals in the areas of physical, cognitive and emotional development. Please visit www.ZensationalKids.com for more information on the Educate 2B Program (and our other programs, too!)
New Book | Wisdom Within
I am thrilled to share with you that a dream has been realized, and my very first Children’s Book has officially been published! Entitled, Wisdom Within, happiness, joy and compassion as our birthright are explored and celebrated. Every living thing in nature has its own inner wisdom. Within a tiny seed is the wisdom of how to grow into a strong tall tree. As part of nature, we too have inner wisdom that has the power to guide us through a joyful life. Through the use of rhyming verse and brilliant illustrations, parents and children re-discover their wisdom within and how to connect to it. At the end of the story, there are child-friendly, illustrated yoga poses and mindful meditations relating to the elements of nature contained in the story. Parents are provided with an easy to use guide to introduce movement, breath and meditation to their child in a fun, creative and interactive way. The book is $14.99 + shipping and is available for purchase on www.ZensationalKids.com.
This summer I had the privilege of being invited to spend a week at Omega Institute by the Yoga Service Council to work with other amazing professionals in the field of School-Based Yoga and Mindfulness. We were joined with Little Flower Yoga, Children’s Community School of West Philadelphia, Atlanta Yoga Movement, ChildLight Yoga, Yoga 4 Classrooms, The School Yoga Project, YoKid…Stretch Your Limits, ResilientKids, Bent On Learning, Newark Yoga Movement, Garrison Institute, Go Give Yoga, Calming Kids, Yoga Calm, Wellness Works, and Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. Check out their facebook pages and see all of the amazing work that is being done throughout the country to bring yoga and mindfulness to our schools to support our children.
I feel privileged to have shared so many laughs, mind crunching working hours and relaxation time networking with such a brilliant group. Our continued collaboration will provide valuable resources for others looking to bring yoga to schools. We will keep you posted on all of the developments.
I am honored to be among other leaders in the Kid’s Yoga Movement, sharing our knowledge on how yoga can be introduced to children in every facet of their life. The First National Kids Yoga Conference will highlight the science and the practice. I will be leading a workshop on Yoga and Mindfulness Tools to Address Behavior, Attention and Regulation in the Classroom. You can bet that I’ll be updating the Zensational Kids Facebook Page with details! You can register for this conference at: http://www.kidsyogaconference.org
Wishing you Love, Light and Extreme Gratitude for your support.