When it comes to bringing yoga into the classroom, finding the space and time to roll out 30 mats or getting down on the floor can be challenging for potential school yoga programs. But when we bring our yoga practice off the mat and into a chair, it becomes more accessible, more sustainable, and easier to integrate into any busy day.
Appropriate for yoga teachers working in schools, classroom teachers interested in incorporating yoga into the school day, and allied professionals such as counselors, psychologists and occupational therapists, this workshop explores tangible, effective ways to bring yoga into the classroom without yoga mats or any other props. Together we learn to adapt and teach a variety of yoga poses, along with breathwork, meditation, and relaxation practices for students either seated in chairs, or using chairs as a support. We experience a sample chair-based practice and explore activities to share with students, school staff, teachers, and administrators.
Along with reviewing current research linking movement-based practices to learning readiness, we also discuss implementation strategies for schools that support both student and teacher self-care and wellness.
$20 materials fee; include when you register.
4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. Check In (Rooms available after 5:00 p.m.)
7:30 p.m.–7:50 p.m. Welcome & Orientation
8:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. Workshop
8:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m. Commuter check-in (if not checked-in the previous evening)
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
2:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Workshop
9:00 a.m.–Noon Workshop
Noon–1:00 p.m. Check Out
The above schedule is subject to change at the discretion of the faculty.
Dining Hall Hours (Dinner is included on arrival day):
Breakfast: 7:00 a.m.–8:45 a.m.
Lunch: Noon–2:00 p.m.
Dinner: 6:00 p.m.–7:15 p.m.
Daily Open Classes in meditation, yoga, tai chi, or movement (subject to availability):
7:00–8:00 a.m., 12:15–1:00 p.m., 5:30–6:15 p.m., 5:30–6:30 p.m.
Jennifer is the founder of LFY, and a leading voice in the children’s yoga and mindfulness community. She is the author of Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, and the co-editor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. Jenn also serves as the board president of the Yoga Service Council, dedicated to making yoga accessible to all regardless of circumstance. Her work has been featured in prominent publications including the NY Times, International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and Yoga Journal, and endorsed by thought leaders including Daniel Siegel, Sharon Salzberg and Congressman Tim Ryan.
Mayuri Gonzalez is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community centers. In her role as director of the School Yoga Project, Mayuri trains and mentors teachers, counselors and school support staff. She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, and a presenter for PESI, offering continuing education to educators and health care providers.