How Mindful Movement Can Help Our Littlest Learners
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
1w ago
If you’ve witnessed stressed little ones find calm or hyperactive preschoolers grow focused thanks to a simple yoga flow or even a couple minutes of following a breathing sphere, you understand the power of mindful movement. You’ve seen it first hand. What you’ve witnessed is backed by science. In fact, since we first began developing Yoga Calm nearly 25 years ago, a wealth of research has confirmed and built on what we observe every day: yoga and mindfulness help improve self-regulation, mental wellbeing, and learning readiness, leading to better academic outcomes, even for the littlest learn ..read more
Visit website
Yoga Calm Fundamentals: Teens Talk About Trauma
Yoga Calm
by Lynea Gillen
3w ago
Silence isn’t singular. There are lots of different kinds. There’s the positive silence you experience in mindful meditation, for instance, or defiant silence, where the withholding of information becomes a form of power. And then there’s the silence that comes from fear or shame or a tangle of both. This is the kind that kids often find themselves shunted into during and after trauma. “People don’t get it,” said one teenager in the current trauma group for girls I lead. “They compare. They say things like, ‘Oh, I’ve been through worse.’” Another agreed. She described reaching out to a respect ..read more
Visit website
How Yoga Can Help Kids with Sensory Differences
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
1M ago
Digital media can present all kinds of challenges for kids. Sometimes, it’s about content – extreme depictions of violence, for instance, or self-harming behaviors. Sometimes, it’s about the theft of time from activities that are critical to children’s healthy development, such as physical movement, free play outdoors, or just interacting with others in real life, non-virtually, face-to-face. Excess screen time may even interfere with a child’s development directly, if the results of new research in JAMA Pediatrics holds up. The Impact of Screen Time on Kids’ Sensory Processing For the study ..read more
Visit website
Yoga Calm Fundamentals: Bringing What Matters into Focus
Yoga Calm
by Jim Gillen
2M ago
Sometimes even a slight change in perspective can be absolutely transformative, as Jim Gillen describes in this post we originally published back in 2017… My first yoga class of the year is always a big one – as many as 50 people squeezing into a small space, each wanting to start off the new year right. Usually, I ask my students about their “resolutions.” This year, I asked a different question: Reflecting on last year, what is it about your life that you love and would like to have more of? Their faces lit up as they shared stories of loved ones, families and friends, travel, good food, t ..read more
Visit website
Mindful Movement in the Elementary School Classroom & Its Impact on Self-Regulation
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
2M ago
The holiday season is here, and, as every teacher knows, it usually proves to be one of the most hectic times of year. December often demands an extra dose of patience and energy from us when our reserves may be nearly tapped. So we’ll keep this week’s post short and sweet. We just want to draw your attention to a study that just came onto our radar regarding mindful movement in the elementary school classroom. “Significant Improvements” – Subjectively & Objectively Published early this year in the journal Mindfulness, the study employed a mindful movement intervention meant to improve sel ..read more
Visit website
Yoga Calm Fundamentals: Practicing Gratitude
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
3M ago
Although Thanksgiving Day has passed, giving thanks isn’t something to be relegated to just one day of the year. It’s an every day thing, and that ongoing gratitude is something that supports our health and well-being, as well as our hearts and our minds. Gratitude sustains us. Of course, if you already have an ongoing gratitude practice, you know this. And if you don’t, read on for some ideas on how you can get one started (and help the kids in your world get one started, too)… Lynea had just finished helping a student lead her second grade peers through our Hoberman Sphere breathing process ..read more
Visit website
Yoga Calm Fundamentals: 9 Tips for Talking with Children about Tragedies
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
4M ago
If you’re GenX or a Boomer, you probably remember growing up with at least some fear of nuclear war. The threat reverberated throughout the media. At particularly tense times, Cold War conflict dominated the news cycle – just as hostilities between Israel and Hamas dominate now. Imagine what it must be like for young children, especially with ramped up rhetoric about the very real threat of a third World War – and all this on top of events like the mass shooting in Maine. It’s a lot for little ones to take in. Events like these can generate limitless anxiety, fear, dread, and other helpless fe ..read more
Visit website
Teaching Students to Listen to Their Inner Voice
Yoga Calm
by Lynea Gillen
4M ago
Last time, we looked a bit at the importance of helping children listen to what their body is telling them. Just as important is helping them hear their inner voice – the voice of heart, of our inner wisdom, of the essence of who we are and who we are becoming. In fact, through all my years of teaching Yoga Calm, I’ve found that teaching kids about their inner voice – how to hear this source of self-guidance – to be most important. It’s also not a simple task. Many of us struggle to know which voice inside of us is the wisest to follow. Understanding the Voices Inside Us Here, I think back to ..read more
Visit website
Is It Trauma Speaking or a Tantrum? A Real Need or Indulgence?
Yoga Calm
by Lynea Gillen
5M ago
Several years ago, I was working with a 4-year old girl who I’ll call “Joy.” She had experienced trauma, and her mother was very worried about her. Joy often had angry outbursts, and her mother wanted to be sure she was providing good support. At the end of one of our sessions, I invited Joy to choose a toy out of the treasure box. “Choose carefully,” I told her. “Once you’ve chosen, you aren’t allowed to trade it for something else. That’s the rule we have in my office.” Only a few minutes after Joy had made her choice, she asked if she could trade that toy for something else. “No,” I told he ..read more
Visit website
Yoga Calm Fundamentals: Listening to Yourself, Listening to Others
Yoga Calm
by Yoga Calm
5M ago
Updated from the original Hearing is just a physiological happening: You perceive sound. But listening? Listening happens when your brain makes meaning out of sound. It involves your active participation, whether you’re listening to others, your environment, or yourself. Learning how to listen to what your own body, thoughts, and feelings are saying helps children develop a strong sense of self, emotional intelligence, and the ability to make healthy choices. It also makes us better able to listen to – and, thus, connect with – others. Listening Is Crucial to Connection – & to Regulation I ..read more
Visit website

Follow Yoga Calm on FeedSpot

Continue with Google
Continue with Apple
OR