|To provide tools that help all children navigate physical, mental and emotional barriers to learning, including improving focus and concentrations skills.|
|To build students' emotional regulation capacity, develop resilience, 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.
Mayuri Gonzalez, E-RYT, RCYT:
Mayuri Gonzalez is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer, and instructor in mindfulness, children’s yoga, and chair yoga. Mayuri is regularly asked to lead teacher trainings and continuing education seminars across US, including at renowned retreat centers such as The Omega Institute and IONS Earthrise Center.
Mayuri has a genuine heart for children and giving them tools to support them to navigate a world that is moving so fast and asking so much from them. She has seen first hand the tremendous impact that yoga and mindfulness can have to help children to connect more deeply to themselves and the world around them and have a fuller and more enjoyable experience of life.
She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, including 17 years as an instructor and trainer. Mayuri has taught more than 1,000 children’s yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community settings. She has completed extensive trainings and certifications in a variety of yoga styles (yin, anusara, vinyasa), meditation, mindfulness and children’s yoga. She provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families and continuing education sessions to mental health and education professionals interested in bringing yoga and mindfulness tools into their private, clinical, and institutions.
Most recently, Mayuri created and facilitates the teacher training “Chair Yoga Basics: A Sustainable Approach,” a program designed to bring the simplicity and effectiveness of chair yoga into schools and clinical settings.
Mayuri also currently serves as director of the School Yoga Project, managing weekly school-based yoga and mindfulness classes for more than 1,500 children in New York City and the metro area. Mayuri hires, mentors and supports a teaching staff of 20. She works side-by-side with Little Flower Yoga founder, Jennifer Cohen Harper, to create new programs, trainings, and curriculum. Mayuri has built SYP to include creative, sustainable and relevant professional development opportunity for educators, clinicians, parents, and administrators who interested in bringing the tools of yoga and mindfulness to the youth they serve.
She also serves as an expert and guest speaker at professional development trainings for organizations supporting the wellbeing and education of children and young adults including: Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAENYC) , Special Education PTA (SEPTA), Sanctuary for Families and Union Settlement. Mayuri has also presented on yoga and mindfulness for children and adolescents at multiple conferences, including the Bridging Hearts and Minds of Youth Conference in San Diego, National Kids Yoga Conference in Washington, DC, and the Women of Tomorrow Conference in NYC.
Mayuri is an active member of the Yoga Service Council (YSC), Yoga Alliance, and International Association for Yoga Therapists (IAYT). A contributing author to “Transforming Education: Best Practices for Yoga in Schools White Book” published by the Yoga Service Council and Omega Institute White Book Series, scheduled for release in 2015, Mayuri is also author of the forthcoming book “Little Flower Chair Yoga Basics: A Sustainable Approach” scheduled for release in 2016
Lawrence Harper was proud to join LFY as it's Financial Manager and Program Coordinator in 2011, after marrying founder Jennifer Cohen Harper in 2010. He has a BA and MA from the City University of NY and has dedicated his life to helping others first as a NYC police officer, and currently as a Yonkers firefighter. After 22 years living in New York, Larry has found a home in Croton on Hudson, where he lives with Jenn and their daughter, Isabelle.
With over twenty years of experience teaching in the yoga industry, Tricia has received extensive training on children and adult styles of yoga and mindfulness, meditation, pre-natal, restorative, yin, yoga therapy and trauma informed yoga.
Now as a resource in the world of wellness and with over two decades of teaching and coaching experience, one of Tricia’s passion is working with and empowering children. Tricia’s training background focus’s on teaching to high-risk youth and kids with all abilities including special needs. She has experience working with varieties of diagnosis such as anxiety, Sensory Processing Disorder, learning and developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and physical disabilities. She also provides mindfulness support groups, trainings and continuing educational workshops for parents, caretakers and professionals.
Tricia believes that yoga is an incredible vehicle that helps people to connect to the body, the mind, and the breath and restores balance within. "When children apply these techniques and when we help them to practice in a nurturing, safe and fun way, balance is restored and they can grow up with life-skills that our forever useful. They are able to cultivate a stronger sense of self, physically and mentally. They are able to develop their mind and concentration, nourish compassion, kindness, love, build confidence and move from these places with and from their own developing inner-strengths."
Tricia is an active member of the Yoga Service Council and a member of the International Yoga Therapy Association (IYTA). She has a degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Child Psychology, and a minor in Marketing.
Abigail’s passion is to empower children, and believes yoga and mindfulness are valuable tools. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from SUNY New Paltz, Abigail was introduced to yoga when attending a mindfulness based stress reduction program. In 2008 she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Shakti Yoga, and began teaching Hatha Yoga to adults. Her twenty years of experience with children include eight years as an assistant teacher in a school for children with special needs, substitute teaching in a high school, tutoring children, participating in the America Reads program, providing child-care for many families, and counseling at a summer camp. The Empowerment Institute certified Abigail as an Empowerment workshop trainer and coach in 2011. She led Empowerment workshops at Bard College, SUNY New Paltz, and at local yoga studios. In the summer of 2013, she started teaching children yoga and meditation at a summer camp. This combining of yoga and empowering children inspired her to seek more training, and she soon after enrolled in the Little Flower Yoga teacher trainings. She has studied with Mindful schools and taken LFY chair-yoga training. She began studying with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project in the fall 2014. In addition to teaching kids through Little Flower, Abigail teaches privates to adults and offers yoga, mindfulness and art classes for children in her neighborhood. Abigail loves connecting with children and witnessing how meaningful yoga and mindfulness are to them. She is dedicated to a holistic approach to wellbeing. Her vision is to serve as a valuable guide toward improving quality of life for her students, both in class and out.
Crystal McCreary has taught yoga since 2007. Her teaching is most significantly influenced by the 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training program, Jason Crandell, Jason Ray Brown’s Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers & Movement Professionals, Headstand: Yoga in Schools Training, Bent on Learning’s Certification Program for Yoga in Schools, the Mindful Schools training courses, Little Flower Yoga, as well as several years as a school teacher in public schools. Having experienced yoga and mindfulness to be extremely effective techniques for cultivating wellness in stress-filled modern life for 18 years, Crystal’s mission is to bring about wellness in underserved, urban communities and combat the toxic stress that too frequently leads to severe health issues and death. She leads trainings on teaching yoga in K-12 urban schools and participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department. She teaches public classes for adults in New York City, for youth in New York City schools and for the Boys’ Club of New York.
Crystal graduated from of Stanford University with a BA in African and African American studies and completed The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT-200, RYT-500 and RCYT. She currently lives in Harlem, and continues to work professionally as an actor in New York City. Visit www.crystalmccrearyyoga.com or www.diaryofayogagurl.wordpress.com to learn more.
Argos grew up in Queens, NY and is a product of the NYC public educations system from elementary school to his graduate studies. He is a high school English teacher in the Bronx with ten years experience. He also teaches literacy instruction at Hunter College and is finishing his Ph.D. in Urban Education at the City University of New York Graduate Center.
After receiving mindfulness training from Mindful Schools, an organization in Oakland CA. that brings mindfulness practices to schools in the bay area and from Little Flower Yoga, an organization bringing yoga and mindfulness to schools in NYC and Westchester, he has become interested in the impact mindfulness can have on teachers and students alike. He plans on writing his dissertation on the impact mindfulness practices has on teacher effectiveness.
He is using his mindfulness training to teach mindfulness practices to his students in the Bronx and to facilitate and create mindfulness professional development workshops for teachers in public and private schools. He also provides private meditation and mindfulness sessions, and consultation and coaching for educators. If you’re interested in the impact mindfulness practices can have on you, Argos can help you create a simple, daily practice.
Born and raised in Italy, Daniela started practicing and studying yoga at the age of 15. From that point on she never found a reason to stop. With a performing and visual art background, Daniela started teaching yoga to adults, teenagers, children, moms-to-be and new moms almost naturally, combining yoga with what she learned from her arts and performing arts career path.
Daniela is honored to have the opportunity to bring yoga in the most needed urban settings, like public and charter schools, community centers, boy's clubs and detention facilities. She feels grateful to have the opportunity to share with children and adults tools to use in their busy, urban, everyday life. She is always inspired by the wonderful results that a little yoga practice brings to people, especially to under served population. Daniela has a calm, nurturing and enthusiastic energy, and it's her goal as a yoga teacher to encourage children and young adults to be curious about life, creative in finding solutions and most of all in promoting a happy and healthy life style.
Daniela holds several certifications to teach children and teenagers, some earned in Italy and some in New York City. In New York City, Daniela holds certifications through Little Flower Yoga (Levels 1 and 2), Karma Kids Yoga, Street Yoga (to teach under served and homeless populations), Erin Wilson's Teen Yoga program, Jyothi Larson's Yoga Mom Buddah Baby program (Mom and Baby Yoga classes and postnatal yoga), Janice Clarfield's Prenatal program at Om Yoga Center, Carrie Parker's Prenatal program at Yogaworks, Deborah Joy Gruber's Yoga for Children with Autism, Craig Hanauer's program Every Kids Yoga (yoga for children with special needs), and Lakshmi Voelker's Chair Yoga program.
Salvador Martinez has been practicing Yoga since 1995, where upon his practice evolved into teaching in 2005, receiving certification in Vinyasa Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Children’s Yoga. Salvador has been teaching Children’s Yoga in NYC elementary schools since 2008, and considers his work to be a joy. He could not think of doing anything else. In his classes, he acknowledges the many positive physical benefits of the practice, but he also gently reminds the children that what they are thinking and feeling are a part of their Yoga. His classes are structured, but he also receives the “teachable moments” of the practice that take it in a direction for which one cannot plan, and those moments can be the best moments ever! His classes are a community, where everyone is welcomed, and where compassion for oneself and for others is encouraged and cultivated. His classes are fun! When Salvador sees his students with big smiles and so excited to have practice together, words cannot explain how he feels. What he does feel is gratitude towards Jennifer Cohen Harper and Little Flower Yoga, for teaching him how to teach to the little ones. Salvador hopes to see you soon on the mat in his class!
Hillary moved to New York City to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem ensemble as a professional ballet dancer. In the midst of fulfilling a childhood dream, she suffered a minor knee injury in her second season at DTH. This initial setback turned into a blessing in disguise. While undergoing physical therapy she had the space to take an objective view on her life and the path she was venturing down. It was soon after that she realized she was unhappy and more importantly, very unhealthy. She decided to stop dancing and start living a life that nourished her mind, body and soul. The first step on her new journey was enrolling in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to heal herself. From that moment on she has continued to build and shape a life that supports a holistic perspective. Now, as a certified holistic health coach (CHHC, AADP) and certified yoga teacher (200-hr, ISHTA trained), she runs her own business -- Healing from the Inside Out -- where she helps people reconnect with their authenticity through adopting healthier lifestyle choices. Hillary is also the proud scholarship recipient of the Yoga Service Council’s first-annual conference at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. Always looking to further her education, she has also completed Little Flower Yoga’s Teacher Training; and Off the Mat, Into the World’s Yoga, Action and Purpose Leadership Intensive. Hillary is thrilled to make a difference in the lives of the people she teaches and works with, and to help remind folks that life should taste good...so don't forget to savor every bite!
Florence Cabre-Andrews, affectionately called Flo, decided to dedicate herself entirely to the practice and teachings of yoga when she became a mother. She felt a deep need to transform herself in order to parent her daughter with acceptance and mindfulness.
Flo is an experienced an 500 - hour registered yoga teacher. she also holds Pre/Postnatal certifications, and children's yoga certifications. Flo teaches alignment based classes and is currently enrolled in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York Teacher Training. She also works for Little Flower Yoga, a New York based organization dedicated to make the tools of yoga and mindfulness available to all children and teens through their program "The School Yoga Project " serving over 700 children per week. She believes yoga is: "The study of the self, and fundamentally an act of kindness towards ourselves". Her practice has deeply transformed her life, helping her find more joy, openness, tolerance and hope. Before yoga, Flo earned the equivalency of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Drama after studying at the "Theatre Atelier Paris sud" (TAPS) with Sarah Sanders.
This is Elizabeth's second career in pursuit of mindfulness, happiness and balance. She has been practicing yoga since the age of 25, as it was a natural transition from the study of ballet as a child through adulthood. (She performed in The Nutcracker at City Center in New York City.)
Her first love and and what she "thought" was her only passion was fashion. Dressing many celebrities on and off the red carpet and working with top editors at every fashion magazine on the newsstands, she enjoyed a very successful career in the industry as a stylist.
Despite the success and enjoyment, Elizabeth felt something missing in her life. After an amazing yoga-meditation journey to Bali, she found her true calling and true passion; her Dharma. With a change of heart and a desire to do something that would give her gratification and peace, Elizabeth gave up her previous career for the chance to make a difference not only in her own life but in the lives of others as well.
Since that journey, Elizabeth has traveled to Costa Rica to take a workshop in aerial yoga and India where she went for Panchakarma. Panchakarma is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, and restoring balance and wellbeing. Practicing yoga in an ashram and joining in Arti every night at the Ganges River felt like a home away from New York. It is just the first few steps of traveling the world, studying and practicing yoga meditation and mindfulness. She is 200 hour RYT studying and practicing with Micheal Baez - Awakened Warrior Teacher Training.
Elizabeth is also a certified master Reiki healer studying under Berta Prevosti at the Samsara School of Reiki in Stratford, CT. Born out of her love for children, she completed her certification levels 1, 2 and 3 with Little Flower Yoga (www.littlefloweryoga.com) at The Omega Institute For Holistic Studies with Jennifer Cohen Harper.
Shell Merrill has always enjoyed expressing herself physically; from her career as a modern dancer to her later adventures as a zany spinning instructor and cycling trainer. While cycling made her feel strong, Shell soon realized that she still had a brain that was moving far too fast inside a body that was quickly getting too stiff and inflexible. A friend offered to take her to yoga class, and Shell has been learning to slow down (in mind and body) ever since. For Shell, yoga is all about the knowledge gained through trying new things, learning to practice rather than trying to be perfect, and most of all being able to laugh through the whole experience. She brings a sense of fun, joy and compassion to all of her classes for both adults and children. Shell is an E-RYT 500 hour certified teacher. She is also a RCYT (children’s teacher), a RPYT (prenatal teacher) and teacher of restorative yoga. She has studied to teach yoga to kids at Karma Kids Yoga, Little Flower Yoga and Street Yoga which brings the benefits of yoga to homeless and at-risk youth. Shell is an ISHTA Yoga Senior Teacher trained at Be Yoga and calms her own “bouncing off the walls” energy by continually reminding herself to "be happy where you are and breathe."
Rebecca began practicing yoga over 10 years ago while in graduate school (she holds a PhD in Biology). Rebecca's classes are excellent for practitioners of all ages and backgrounds. She leads a thoughtful, energetic class well grounded in safe alignment principles. Rebecca is a 500-hr RYT and has specialty trainings in children's yoga and yoga for veteran's living with PTSD. Her teachers at ISHTA Yoga and her background in science inform her teaching and practice. She enjoys teaching early morning yoga and meditation classes at Namaste Yoga Center, evenings at ISHTA Yoga. During the school year she is inspired by the young people she teaches as part of Little Flower Yoga's School Yoga Project.
Sam Deutsch is passionate about teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to children. She holds a Masters degree in social work from Boston College, is a licensed social worker with a New Jersey school social worker certification, and completed Little Flower Yoga teacher training. Her fourteen years of experience working with kids include teaching at a child enrichment program, as a clinician at a residential program, a clinician at a therapeutic alternative day school, a counselor at a public school, and as a summer camp counselor. Sam’s personal yoga practice began while she was in college. She fell in love with the physical, mental, and emotional benefits gained from the practice of yoga, and is enthusiastic about sharing these benefits with children.
Susan Verde has made yoga a part of her life for the last 15 years. She earned a degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Reading Remediation and spent many years teaching in the elementary school system on the East End of Long Island. Upon the birth of her 3 children Susan took time off from the classroom to be at home with her own children. Stressful times led Susan back to the mat with a fuller commitment and she began to really see and feel the transformative power of Yoga. Knowing that children deal with many stressful and overwhelming situations themselves Susan had the desire to bring Yoga into the lives of children as a way to cope, move, breath and connect to the joy that should be theirs. In addition to teaching children’s yoga, Susan is a children’s book author whose first picture book, The Museum will be released in March of 2013. Through her writing, yoga, and parenting Susan supports the idea that every child has a voice and every voice should be heard.
As a Child and Family Therapist, Michelle spent the past 8-years counseling children and their families within the school setting and most recently, in her private therapy practice. After helping many children develop coping skills to manage feelings, Michelle discovered yoga as the most beneficial tool to manage her own. This led her to complete a 200-hour Teacher Training through YogaWorks, certifications in Trauma-Informed Yoga from Street Yoga and Yoga Therapy for Kids from Zenergy Yoga. Most recently, Michelle completed her full certification with Little Flower Yoga and is excitedly incorporating the five-element practice into her work with children and families. Michelle works with preschool, elementary and middle school-age children and specializes in building academic skills, managing anxiety and depression, supporting family transitions, focusing issues, low self-esteem and social skill building.
For more about Michelle, visit her website: www.michellepagettherapy.com
and follow her on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/michellepagettherapy.
Lianne was born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Growing up in a family of musicians, artists and educators, Lianne has always been encouraged to explore and express her creativity in different ways. Over the past eight years as an educator, she has tried to cultivate this mindset within the hearts of her students. Being motivated to learn more about mindfulness and yoga, Lianne completed Levels One and Two of the Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Training at Little Flower Yoga. During these trainings, Lianne became inspired to teach children the practice of mindfulness through music. She tries to incorporate songs into her classes in order to help children learn in fun and interactive ways.
In February of 2014, Lianne was awarded a grant from the school where she teaches to record a children’s album entitled, Breathe In: Children’s Songs for Mindfulness and Awareness. Over the following summer, she had a blast recording twenty-one children’s songs. Her favorite part was having the opportunity to have her students sing on the record!
Lianne holds a holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and Psychology, and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has also completed the RULER training taught by the Yale Center of Emotional Intelligence, which helps enhance her students’ abilities to understand and regulate their emotions. She completed her Mindful Educator training through the organization ‘Mission Be’, where she has led workshops on parent mindfulness. She currently teaches Pre-K, Songwriting, and Yoga/Mindfulness to children ages 4 – 9 in Manhattan, NY.
Lianne is so excited and grateful to be a part of Little Flower’s teacher team!
After practicing and teaching gymnastics to children for over 8 years, Lauren first discovered a smooth transition into the practice of yoga as postures. Upon the initial attraction to the physical element of yoga, Lauren began to witness the practice unfold as a series of layers blended between mind, body and spirit. Now, the element of yoga that sustains her practice is the way that it has had a positive impact in her daily life. Lauren believes that by working to find stillness and acceptance in our poses on the mat, it is easier to find stillness and acceptance in our real-life situations. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification through The Yoga Room in Astoria, NY. She extends deep gratitude to her teachers Juliana Mitchell, Marko Galjasevic, Victoria Greene and The Yoga Room community who served as her inspiration for aspiring to live life with an honest heart. She also feels extremely grateful and privileged to have studied with Erin Lila Wilson and to have rekindled her passion for working with children and bringing yoga into the public schools with RISE Yoga for Youth. Lauren is currently honored and blessed to have come across Little Flower Yoga and is more than thrilled to train, study and teach with their wonderful team. In her classes, Lauren hopes her students will recognize and honor the individuality and uniqueness of one's own practice. She encourages that each individual practices only what feels true and safe for their mind, body, and heart, both on and off the mat.
Born and raised in Australia, Colin has had the opportunity to travel the world and work in media communications and education settings. Driven by a passion for diversity and equity, Colin is dedicated to bringing the physical and mindfulness aspects of yoga to young people who may otherwise not know what yoga is or have the resources to access it. He obtained his Yoga Alliance 200-HR certification through YogaVida and specialized in working with children as a Holistic Enrichment Specialist with Urban Yoga Foundation.
Originally from the Bronx, Courtnie has always had a passion for youth empowerment and outreach in the urban community. She got her degree from Northeastern University in Music Performance in 2012, and went on to become a certified kids yoga teacher through The Urban Yoga Foundation that same year.
As an outreach teacher she educates and empowers students through the practice of hatha yoga to be proactive about issues affecting their health. Through prevention with holistic approaches based on the UYF model that she helped create, she provides children, parents and educators in urban communities with the tools needed to manage everyday stress and develop mind body awareness and health consciousness.
Born and raised in South Texas, Jenna Martinez-Lynch started practicing yoga and Vipassana meditation when she was 19. A few years later she began teaching weekly classes to students in Austin, Texas at a low-income housing after school program. Since then she has taught adult literacy in Harlem and most recently writing, photography, and yoga to out-of-school teens in the Bronx. It was so rewarding to share with her students a way to connect to themselves and to help them foster a place of calm to deal with their stressful lives. Seeing what a positive change yoga made in the lives of her students, she decided to take a break from teaching academics to focus on teaching yoga and mindfulness. She completed her Little Children’s Yoga teacher certification with Little Flower Yoga in the summer of 2015. She is thrilled to get back in the classroom and is honored to represent Little Flower Yoga.
Edwin began regularly practicing yoga and meditation in 2001 to supplement his marathon training. He has studied Hatha Flow, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bikram, Kundalini, and Power Yoga. He received his 200-hour teacher training certification at YogaWorks in 2011, his Pilates Mat certification in 2015 at Gramercy Pilates NYC, and his comprehensive certification in yoga and mindfulness for children and youth through Little Flower Yoga in 2015.
Edwin has pursued many life experiences, including landscape design, commercial pilot, international journalism, and elementary Spanish education, which have lead him toward a focus on health, fitness, and mindfulness.
Recently, Edwin worked with Kindergarten through grade 6 at Freebrook Academy in Brooklyn, and currently with Pre-K students at The Town School in Manhattan. His goal is to help students cultivate a mindful practice.
My name is Margot Harris. I am an NYS certified teacher, and have been teaching for the past 10 years at the pre-kindergarten level. I hold a bachelors of science in early childhood education, and a masters in literacy. I spent the past 9 years teaching full time in both the UPK, and head start settings. This year I am teaching part time in order to make room for experiences where I may bring yoga and mindfulness to children. In my time as an educator, I had always brought my own practice of yoga to the kids in my class. It served as a very bland and non intentional form of movement only for the kids. While they always enjoyed learning poses, and experimenting physically, they weren't being challenged mentally. I realized that I was only giving my students one piece of a much larger puzzle. When I decided to become a certified children's yoga teacher, I did my research. Little Flower not only offered a very full and rich teacher training, but it was actually bringing yoga and mindfulness to schools! This was my dream...to continue to serve children in the school setting, but with an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of the whole child. Since receiving my children's yoga certification in June, I've taught groups of kids from SCO family of services, and at the summer camp I work at. Currently, I am teaching for LFY at a Brooklyn high school, and at the kids academy in Lifetime fitness, Garden City. I love teaching. It is my life's work. I plan to continue to dedicate my career to being present and supportive to children of all ages in bringing them this incredible gift that is yoga and mindfulness.
Julie loves nothing more than sharing a fun yoga and mindfulness journey with the children she teaches. Her passion for yoga began with an introduction from a college friend in 2003. Yoga made her feel strong on the outside, as well as the inside, which is what she fell in love with. Over the next decade, she practiced her way through the countless yoga studios in New York City, trying different styles and principles. Upon coming home from her favorite Baptiste class a year ago, she was craving a headstand. While standing on her head at home in front of her two year old son, she saw he wanted to try what his mom was doing. Before Julie knew it, she was figuring out how to teach her child to practice yoga and realized this was exactly what she wanted to do - - teach children to empower themselves with the gift of yoga and mindfulness. She adores kids and they are drawn to her warm, friendly personality, light-hearted nature and the way she communicates on their level. Her classes are a blend of fun movement, art, music and engaging discussion in the hopes her students discover inner peace, confidence, self-awareness and that breath is power. Julie wants to inspire young souls to practice yoga and mindfulness off the mat as well.
She received her Little Flower Yoga certification in 2015 and is currently attending Mindful School, while also working to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher certification. She is thrilled to be part of the Yoga School Project.
When I first started practicing yoga, I liked the way it made me feel, and I was satisfied with taking a yoga class once a week at the gym or doing a yoga DVD. It was not until I taught preschool in a school for children with developmental disabilities that I wanted to study yoga. I had a little girl in my class who did yoga poses according to how she was feeling: forward bends at the beginning of the year and heart openers as the year progressed, around the same time she developed a friendship with one of her peers and kissed him twice in one week! This little girl did not have any yoga experience; she was moving according to how she was feeling. She inspired me to learn more about the mind-body connection. I did my 200-hour training with Three Sisters Yoga. I attended a Mindfulness in Education workshop at Omega after I finished my yoga training. One of the presenters was Jennifer Cohen Harper, and I loved the way she spoke about children. I knew that Little Flower Yoga was the children's teacher training program for me. Although I do not teach preschool anymore, I am grateful for opportunities when I can bring yoga to children. They truly are the best teachers.
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