Little Flower Yoga is a New York based organization dedicated to making the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all children and teens. Our classes are rooted in youth development principles and address children’s holistic wellness needs in a joy filled environment.
The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY, currently serves over 700 children per week with in-school and after-school yoga classes, and reaches many more through our network of trained school staff and affiliate partners. We also offer a comprehensive, yoga alliance accredited Teacher Training certification for yoga instructors and practitioners interested in sharing yoga with children and teens.
Created by an educator, our programs incorporate learning goals throughout every class, and our instructors take advantage of the many teachable moments that occur in each session. Little Flower Yoga challenges students to learn in new ways, make connections, and recognize their tremendous capacity to achieve. Everyday, we strive to provide tools that help all children come to school ready to learn, and give parents and teachers strategies and support to reinforce these tools.
In May of 2009 LFY became a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop a community of professional support in the field of yoga service. We are committed to sharing a skills based approach to yoga and mindfulness with all children, regardless of circumstance.
|To provide tools that help all children overcome physical, mental and emotional barriers to learning, including improving focus and concentrations skills.|
|To build students emotional regulation capacity, and empower them to make healthy life choices.|
|To create a space for joyful exploration and sharing of ideas.|
|To provide an environment of support and encouragement, where children can feel safe and respected, and find enjoyment and success in a non-competitive physical activity.|
Jennifer founded Little Flower Yoga in 2006 when her successful use of yoga in her kindergarten classroom led to requests by other students, teachers and administrators for yoga programs of their own. Jennifer slowly began to teach more and more yoga classes and recruited other yoga teachers with education backgrounds to continue growing what has now become a flourishing program.
Little Flower Yoga was founded in 2006, by Jennifer, when her successful use of yoga in her kindergarten classroom led to requests by other students, teachers and administrators for yoga programs of their own. Jennifer slowly began to teach more and more yoga classes, until she found herself grateful and excited, but a little overwhelmed. She began to recruit other yoga teachers with education backgrounds to continue growing what had become a flourishing program, and Little Flower Yoga was born.
Jennifer is a native New Yorker and has always aspired to be an educator. Discovering yoga in early adulthood, Jennifer found that as her yoga practice grew more consistent she was imbued with a renewed sense of confidence, inner-strength and a desire to meet new challenges, whether in class or in life. Before founding Little Flower she spent eight years studying and practicing Jivamukti yoga, while continuing to develop her education career and working with children in a variety of settings including a domestic violence shelter, an after-school girls group, and an alternative therapy program for children with physical challenges. Jennifer’s Masters Degree in Education and Youth Development, from New York University’s Gallatin School, culminated in a thesis on the use of yoga in education settings. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Public Policy, focusing on education and healthcare.
In 2009 Jennifer became a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, and serves as it’s current Board Vice President and Conference Coordinator. She is also an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and a registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. Jennifer’s inner child lies just below the surface. Children love her willingness to indulge in mutual silliness, while also appreciating the genuine respect that she has for her students of all ages.