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Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids & Teens

LFY founder Jennifer Cohen Harper was proud to contribute a chapter on yoga in schools to this exciting new book edited by Amy Salzman and Chris Willard. Check out Chapter 10: Yoga: Reaching Heart and Mind through the Body. Below you'll find a short video of the movement sequenced described in the chapter. Hope you enjoy! 

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Edited by Amy Salzman and Chris Willard

Amy Saltzman, MD, is a holistic physician and mindfulness coach whose passion is supporting people of all ages in enhancing their well-being and discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She is recognized by her peers as a visionary and pioneer in the fields of holistic medicine and mindfulness for youth, and her current work focuses on sharing mindfulness with school-age youth in socioeconomically diverse school and community settings. In collaboration with the Department of Psychology at Stanford University, she has conducted two research studies evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child–parent pairs and to children in low-income elementary schools. To support others in discovering the joy and peace of the Still Quiet Place, Dr. Saltzman has written the book A Still Quiet Place: A Mindfulness Program for Teaching Children and Adolescents to Ease Stress and Difficult Emotions and created two CDs, Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Young Childrenand Still Quiet Place: Mindfulness for Teens. Her website is www.stillquietplace.com.

Christopher Willard, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist and educational consultant with a specialty in mindfulness and self-compassion. He speaks on the topic of mindfulness and meditation with young people nationally and internationally, and holds teaching appointments at Lesley University and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Willard is on the board of directors of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness in Education Network. He has been practicing sitting meditation since 1999. He is the author of Child's Mind: Mindfulness Practices to Help Our Children Be More Focused, Calm, and Relaxed; The Mindfulness and Anxiety Workbook for Teens; and the forthcoming Growing Up Mindful. His website is www.drchristopherwillard.com.

Contributors: 

Marvin G. Belzer, PhD
Mark Bertin, MD
David S. Black, PhD, MPH
Susan Bögels, PhD
Willoughby Britton, PhD
Richard Burnett, MA
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT
Christen Coscia, BS
Marcella Cox, MS, LMFT, RYT
Brian M. Galla, PhD
Matthew S. Goodman, BS
Lesley Grant, ECD
Susan Kaiser Greenland
Betsy Hanger, MEd
JoAnna Harper, BA
Sam Himelstein, PhD
Iman L. Khan, MS, LPC
Wynne Kinder, BA, Ed
Lindsey M. Knowles, MEd
Gregory Kramer, PhD
Jeffrey Pflaum, BA
Deborah M. Plummer, BSc
Betsy Rose, MA
Randye J. Semple, PhD
Arielle Sydnor, BA
Suzi Tortora, EdD, LMHC
Ozum Ucok-Sayrak, PhD
Vanessa CL Weiner 
Char Wilkins, MSW, LCSW

Endorsements

"I can't think of a book about working with youth that is more comprehensive, detailed, practical, and clear. The down-to-earth, broadly applicable approach outlined here will draw out children's and teens' boundless inner strength, creativity, resilience, and kindness. I hope every person who teaches or counsels our children reads this book."

--Congressman Tim Ryan, author of A Mindful Nation

"Being aware of life as it unfolds brings clarity, connection, and creativity into everyday experiences. This magnificent collection of pearls of wisdom and practical advice is an important resource for any educator or clinician who supports the development of children and teens. The experienced contributors offer unique perspectives on cultivating mindful awareness with a range of populations and age groups, offering a spectrum of accessible, useful strategies we can apply immediately. Soak in these pages and enjoy the benefits for all concerned!"

--Daniel J. Siegel, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles; Executive Director, Mindsight Institute

"What a delight to have such a deep and broad reference to inform and advance the field of teaching mindfulness to youth! Willard and Saltzman have their fingers on the pulse of this rapidly growing field, while keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground. Assembled mindfully, lovingly, and skillfully, this volume is written and edited by leading authorities. Take the time to delve in deeper after scanning the impressive table of contents, and you will find a richness of content and wisdom to inform and guide you in doing this important work."

--Steven D. Hickman, PsyD, Executive Director, Center for Mindfulness, University of California, San Diego

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