Little Flower Yoga for Kids
About the Book
Wouldn't it be great if your child could exercise, have fun, and build concentration skills all at the same time?
In 2006, the Little Flower Yoga program was developed by teacher and certified yoga instructor Jennifer Cohen Harper, 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. Harper slowly began to teach more and more yoga classes, and eventually recruited other yoga teachers with education backgrounds to continue growing what had become a flourishing program.
Little Flower Yoga for Kids offers this fun and unique program combining yoga and mindfulness in an easy-to-read format. Written specifically for parents and kids, the book aims at teaching children to pay attention, increase focus, and balance their emotions-all while building physical strength and flexibility. Based on a growing body of evidence that yoga and mindfulness practices can help children develop focus and concentration, the simple yoga exercises in this book can easily be integrated into their child's daily routine, ultimately improving health, behavior, and even school achievement.
The book details the five main components of the program: connect, breath, move, focus, and relax. Drawing on these components, Harper shares practical activities that parents can use with their children both on a daily basis and as applied to particularly challenging issues. And while this book is targeted to parents, teachers may also find it extremely useful in helping students achieve better attention and focus.
For more information about this innovative program, visit www.littlefloweryoga.com.
Books by Jennifer Cohen Harper
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-Lisa Flynn, founder of ChildLight Yoga and Yoga 4 Classrooms and author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Card Deck and Yoga for Children
-Susan Verde, parent
-Beryl Bender Birch, director and founder of the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute and the Give Back Yoga Foundation
-Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Lovingkindness
-Abby Wills, MA, cofounder of Shanti Generation
-Amy Saltzman, MD
-Karma Carpenter Shea, founder of the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness at k-12yoga.org
-Tim Ryan, congressman and author of A Mindful Nation
-Joanne Spence, executive director of Yoga in Schools
“Body awareness enables people of all ages to be present in the here and now, an uncommon state these days. Cohen Harper helps young children to begin to move and connect their breathing with their bodies, from head to toe. Starting yoga at a young age plants a seed that will provide innumerable benefits later on, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. This book can be easily utilized and understood by many.”
-Gina M. Biegel, MA, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program for Teens (MBSR-T), and author of The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens
“This delightful book is an integration of the author's experience both as classroom teacher and a yoga teacher. Clearly and succinctly, Cohen Harper shows how dynamic mindfulness skills such as yoga, breathing techniques, and meditation can help children flourish in school and in life. It is as much a guide for children as it is for the adults around them, helping all with stress management, self-awareness, and emotion regulation. With one in two children dropping out of our inner-city schools, there is no time like the present for widespread dissemination and adoption of these foundational, time-tested, transformative practices.”
-Bidyut K. Bose, PhD, founder and executive director of the Niroga Institute at www.niroga.org