Shifting Into a Self-Regulated Lifestyle

Shifting Into a Self-Regulated Lifestyle

I get it! Our integrated movement and mindfulness curriculum can feel  overwhelming or even daunting for educators who have never participated in any form of intentional movement or meditative practice. I used to think that response was because the Movement &...

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Self Care – Essential for Mental Health

Self Care – Essential for Mental Health

What is self-care? The definition varies depending on who you’re asking, but essentially it means taking care of yourself physically and mentally. In recent years the concept of mental health has come to the forefront of societal conversation, so much so that May has...

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New Resources for Parents

New Resources for Parents

In this 9 minute interview, Leah Kalish, MA, speaks with parenting coach, Gretchen Goddard. Find out more about the value to children of including more active play and self-regulation practices in daily family life. Learn about the two new therapeutic modalities that...

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What is Sensory Integration?

What is Sensory Integration?

The following post was writting by Marcia Washington OTR/L, who has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for 20 years. Parents often ask me – What is sensory integration and how can I help my child with it? Here’s my explanation: Picture yourself in the...

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What’s Missing in SEL Programs for Younger Children

What’s Missing in SEL Programs for Younger Children

Earlier this year, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a grant from the Wallace Foundation, came out with a 350 page analysis of SEL Programs in the USA. Entitled Navigating SEL from the Inside Out, it dissects 25 leading SEL programs for elementary school...

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Supporting Military Families with Movement & Mindfulness

Supporting Military Families with Movement & Mindfulness

Earlier this year, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a grant from the Wallace Foundation, came out with a 350 page analysis of SEL Programs in the USA. Entitled Navigating SEL from the Inside Out, it dissects 25 leading SEL programs for elementary school...

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How does social and emotional development affect learning?

How does social and emotional development affect learning?

Written by: Wendy Piret, Program Director, Move with Me Yoga Adventures Last April, Janine Harper, Director of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) for the Army Community Service (ACS) Center in Yongsan, South Korea, a province of Seoul, contacted us regarding resources...

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How to teach social emotional learning skills

How to teach social emotional learning skills

SEL Teaches Character In 1995, New York Times science reporter Daniel Goleman published the book, Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ, which launched the SEL movement. The case he presents and validates with preliminary evidence is that: Character...

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What are Social Emotional Learning Standards?

What are Social Emotional Learning Standards?

We don’t learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience. -John Dewey How to teach social emotional learning To teach social-emotional skills, educators and parents need to build in time for children to imagine, experiment, and reflect on their...

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Body-Mind Development 101

Body-Mind Development 101

How you hold your parents matters. When you judge, disrespect, or reject one or both of them, you are doing the same to yourself. Since you are literally of them and from them, it’s vital to your well-being and inner peace to accept them as they are, even if only in...

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Helping Children with ADD/ADHD (VIDEO)

Helping Children with ADD/ADHD (VIDEO)

Health, Academic, and Social-Emotional Competence starts at home with daily play and exercise. My interview with Marcia Washington reaffirmed some basic truths about child development that I want to passionately re-iterate! 1. Physical coordination precedes and lays...

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How Honest Are We?

How Honest Are We?

Marcia Washington, OTR/L, has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for 20 years. In 2009, in her hometown of Pontotoc, MS, she launched KidSense, a clinic that specializes in pediatric therapy, includes a sensory motor gym, and serves clients from over a 70...

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Your Health Matters Most

Your Health Matters Most

Social Emotional Learning is about developing the ability to: set and achieve goals feel and show empathy establish and maintain relationships make responsible decisions understand and manage emotions Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards list the intrapersonal,...

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Help Kids Build Confidence with Good Posture & Core Strength

Help Kids Build Confidence with Good Posture & Core Strength

I started volunteering one afternoon a week at a nearby hospital.  Basically, I show up to the pediatric and perinatal units and work with whomever the staff therapist suggests I do.  She then introduces me as the yoga – mindfulness specialist and encourages them to...

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FREE Embodied Mindfulness Video Program for Kids

FREE Embodied Mindfulness Video Program for Kids

Encouraging young children to practice proper posture and to engage in core strengthening activity is vital to laying a foundation for not just physical health but also for mental-emotional strength.  Spinal health is the basis of balance and stability not just in our...

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Stimulation vs Nourishment

Stimulation vs Nourishment

The free Embodied Mindfulness Video by Wellness Through Movement is an 8-minute animated story (see below for video), designed to be presented to children in 4 two-minute sections.  It shows how two children who get in trouble for not listening come to understand what...

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2 Breathing Exercises to Support Executive Function

2 Breathing Exercises to Support Executive Function

Earlier this year, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a grant from the Wallace Foundation, came out with a 350 page analysis of SEL Programs in the USA. Entitled Navigating SEL from the Inside Out, it dissects 25 leading SEL programs for elementary school...

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4 Ways to Build & Enhance Focus

4 Ways to Build & Enhance Focus

Written by: Wendy Piret, Program Director, Move with Me Yoga Adventures Last April, Janine Harper, Director of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) for the Army Community Service (ACS) Center in Yongsan, South Korea, a province of Seoul, contacted us regarding resources...

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A Breathing Exercise for Impulse Control

A Breathing Exercise for Impulse Control

What is self-care? The definition varies depending on who you’re asking, but essentially it means taking care of yourself physically and mentally. In recent years the concept of mental health has come to the forefront of societal conversation, so much so that May has...

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5 Steps to Slowing Down

5 Steps to Slowing Down

Health, Academic, and Social-Emotional Competence starts at home with daily play and exercise. My interview with Marcia Washington reaffirmed some basic truths about child development that I want to passionately re-iterate! 1. Physical coordination precedes and lays...

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Good Health Starts with Self-Regulation

Good Health Starts with Self-Regulation

Written by: Wendy Piret, Program Director, Move with Me Yoga Adventures Last April, Janine Harper, Director of the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) for the Army Community Service (ACS) Center in Yongsan, South Korea, a province of Seoul, contacted us regarding resources...

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The Dance of Interaction

The Dance of Interaction

Building focus requires practice in settling one's nervous system, in strengthening one's eye muscles, and in mylenating the neural pathways in one's brain.  To help children build the ability to focus, we must give them opportunities, through playful, meaningful...

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Keep Fighting for More Play!

Keep Fighting for More Play!

I just read an awesome book called, The Dance of Interaction, A Guide to Managing Children’s Challenging Behaviors, by Jeanine Fitzgerald.  Ms. Fitzgerald is a licensed mental health professional and certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, with 35 years of...

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Being in the Vertical vs. Horizontal

Being in the Vertical vs. Horizontal

The Damage Being Done by the Focus on Early Academic Instruction For all of you still having to “fight” for more active play/yoga/mindfulness/nature time with early learners, research funded by the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Foundation...

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Moving Out of the Pathology Paradigm

Moving Out of the Pathology Paradigm

I just read an awesome book called, The Dance of Interaction, A Guide to Managing Children’s Challenging Behaviors, by Jeanine Fitzgerald.  Ms. Fitzgerald is a licensed mental health professional and certified Human Behavior Consultant and Specialist, with 35 years of...

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Self-Inquiry & Intention Setting

Self-Inquiry & Intention Setting

The Damage Being Done by the Focus on Early Academic Instruction For all of you still having to “fight” for more active play/yoga/mindfulness/nature time with early learners, research funded by the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years Foundation...

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You Teach Who You Are

You Teach Who You Are

Over the years, I’ve learned that making time to both set intentions and to self-reflect always pays-off. Self-inquiry, as much as self-regulation, is an essential tool for personal growth, empowerment, and fulfillment. Everything works out better when I’m clear on...

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Trainer Spotlight: Rosalie Tetreault

Trainer Spotlight: Rosalie Tetreault

For me, movement and mindfulness go together.  They speak to the essence of being human, which is how we come into relationship with and respond to what arises in the dynamic, metabolic flow of energy that is our inner and outer lives.  How we dance with our own...

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A Great New Way to Engage Parents

A Great New Way to Engage Parents

Over the years, I’ve learned that making time to both set intentions and to self-reflect always pays-off. Self-inquiry, as much as self-regulation, is an essential tool for personal growth, empowerment, and fulfillment. Everything works out better when I’m clear on...

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Bridging the Gap Between Policy & Practice

Bridging the Gap Between Policy & Practice

For me, movement and mindfulness go together.  They speak to the essence of being human, which is how we come into relationship with and respond to what arises in the dynamic, metabolic flow of energy that is our inner and outer lives.  How we dance with our own...

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Anywhere, Anytime Self-Regulation Tools for YOU

Anywhere, Anytime Self-Regulation Tools for YOU

The continued “push-down” of academics to PreK and Kindergarten is frustrating to any early childhood educator and damaging to early learners.  Wendy Lecker, columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and senior attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity project at...

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Make Friends with TIME

Make Friends with TIME

As an educator, I teach and regularly use the Adventure Skill self-care and regulation activities with children.  Why? Because I believe that mindfulness and self-regulation are like motor skills. It takes lots of practice to embody them, especially in a world so high...

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Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Certification Intention

Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Certification Intention

The continued “push-down” of academics to PreK and Kindergarten is frustrating to any early childhood educator and damaging to early learners.  Wendy Lecker, columnist for Hearst Connecticut Media Group and senior attorney for the Campaign for Fiscal Equity project at...

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Self-Compassion – An Essential Practice for Well-being

Self-Compassion – An Essential Practice for Well-being

As an educator, I teach and regularly use the Adventure Skill self-care and regulation activities with children.  Why? Because I believe that mindfulness and self-regulation are like motor skills. It takes lots of practice to embody them, especially in a world so high...

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3 Ways to MOVE MORE in Your Classroom with FELT

3 Ways to MOVE MORE in Your Classroom with FELT

Stress and traumas, large and small, are a part of daily life in our new digital age.  Online, we and our children witness regular devastation from crime and weather, wars and refugees, terrorism, teen suicide, cyber humiliation, addiction, abuse of all kinds, and...

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Interview with Playful Parenting Author, Larry Cohen

Interview with Playful Parenting Author, Larry Cohen

Stress and traumas, large and small, are a part of daily life in our new digital age.  Online, we and our children witness regular devastation from crime and weather, wars and refugees, terrorism, teen suicide, cyber humiliation, addiction, abuse of all kinds, and...

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Interview with Vanessa Kahlon

Interview with Vanessa Kahlon

Explore the Value of Play with Expert Dr. Larry Cohen Play is often called the language of children.  It is through play that children naturally relate to and learn about the world.  Dr. Joseph C. Pearce, author of Magic Child and Evolution's End, described play as...

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Mindful Class Management Interview with Leah Kalish

Mindful Class Management Interview with Leah Kalish

In this informative interview with Leah, Vanessa shares about her work with children with special needs and how the MwM cards and video classes have supported kids become more confident and self-regulating. Vanessa Kahlon has been working with children with...

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Interview with Brad Chapin of SelfRegulationStation.com

Interview with Brad Chapin of SelfRegulationStation.com

Explore the Value of Play with Expert Dr. Larry Cohen Play is often called the language of children.  It is through play that children naturally relate to and learn about the world.  Dr. Joseph C. Pearce, author of Magic Child and Evolution's End, described play as...

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An Interview with Pediatric OT, Susan Guertin

An Interview with Pediatric OT, Susan Guertin

In this informative interview with Leah, Vanessa shares about her work with children with special needs and how the MwM cards and video classes have supported kids become more confident and self-regulating. Vanessa Kahlon has been working with children with...

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3 Self Regulation Activites for Home or Classroom

3 Self Regulation Activites for Home or Classroom

Susan Guertin, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and certified Yoga Ed. Instructor,  has woven her passion for mindfulness and yoga into her programs for LD, behavior problems, and ASD. In 2008, she won 2 grants - one for sensory, mindfulness, and yoga...

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Self Regulation Interview with Dr. Reggie Melrose

Self Regulation Interview with Dr. Reggie Melrose

Stress and traumas, large and small, are a part of daily life in our new digital age.  Online, we and our children witness regular devastation from crime and weather, wars and refugees, terrorism, teen suicide, cyber humiliation, addiction, abuse of all kinds, and...

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5 Monthly Trainings….$1500 value at $0 cost to you!

5 Monthly Trainings….$1500 value at $0 cost to you!

According to Dr. John Ratey, author of SPARK: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, “Exercise is miracle grow for the brain.” We recommend reading it.  We believe that when you understand the science behind how exercise grows, builds, and fuels the...

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Self-Regulation and Brain Development

Self-Regulation and Brain Development

I am a homeschooling parent, a skilled and knowledgeable movement specialist, and a brain science geek. I KNOW that less stress equals greater access. I teach self-care and regulation. I know that the endorphins released when we laugh, sleep, and move are natural...

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4 Tools to Help Young Children Self-Regulate & Focus

4 Tools to Help Young Children Self-Regulate & Focus

For me, movement and mindfulness go together.  They speak to the essence of being human, which is how we come into relationship with and respond to what arises in the dynamic, metabolic flow of energy that is our inner and outer lives.  How we dance with our own...

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Self-Regulation Starts at Home

Self-Regulation Starts at Home

Breathing techniques offer easy-to-practice activities for building basic self-regulation in the body of youngsters and in your classroom.  When you connect children to an awareness of how they are breathing and give ways they can change and manage their breath...

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Self-Regulation Skills for Preschoolers

Self-Regulation Skills for Preschoolers

Building focus requires practice in settling one's nervous system, in strengthening one's eye muscles, and in mylenating the neural pathways in one's brain.  To help children build the ability to focus, we must give them opportunities, through playful, meaningful...

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Anywhere, Anytime Self-Regulation Tools for YOU

Being a Better Me in 2014

Active play, sensory exploration, and self-care exercises are whole child activities that develop self-regulation and support all other learning.  The more movement and mindfulness are integrated into early childhood education, the greater the development of focus and...

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New Research Study on Use of Yoga Tools in Classrooms

New Research Study on Use of Yoga Tools in Classrooms

Susan Guertin, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and certified Yoga Ed. Instructor,  has woven her passion for mindfulness and yoga into her programs for LD, behavior problems, and ASD. In 2008, she won 2 grants - one for sensory, mindfulness, and yoga...

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What about the BODY?

What about the BODY?

Building focus requires practice in settling one's nervous system, in strengthening one's eye muscles, and in mylenating the neural pathways in one's brain.  To help children build the ability to focus, we must give them opportunities, through playful, meaningful...

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The Story of Play vs Academics

The Story of Play vs Academics

I just returned from the NAEYC conference in Washington DC.  At the enormous and beautifully designed and equipped Kaplan section (they had a mini-stage and even a photo booth!), Wendy and I presented Move with Me Yoga Adventures' resources and curriculum (checkout...

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3 Simple Steps to a Stress Less Day

3 Simple Steps to a Stress Less Day

Ever wish you had a physical activity that could help children de-stress, calm down, return to balance, find center, and get grounded?  Most of the time when children are beyond their own capacity to contain and control themselves, it’s because we have let them get...

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Self Regulation Skill Building

Self Regulation Skill Building

Our world is becoming increasingly digital.  Technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives and has transformed how we engage in most of our activities - work, play, communication, entertainment, shopping, recording, and creating of all kinds.  Scientists can...

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What is Self-Regulation?

What is Self-Regulation?

Building focus requires practice in settling one's nervous system, in strengthening one's eye muscles, and in mylenating the neural pathways in one's brain.  To help children build the ability to focus, we must give them opportunities, through playful, meaningful...

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The Crazy House Reviews

The Crazy House Reviews

I just returned from the NAEYC conference in Washington DC.  At the enormous and beautifully designed and equipped Kaplan section (they had a mini-stage and even a photo booth!), Wendy and I presented Move with Me Yoga Adventures' resources and curriculum (checkout...

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A Bit of Everything

Ever wish you had a physical activity that could help children de-stress, calm down, return to balance, find center, and get grounded?  Most of the time when children are beyond their own capacity to contain and control themselves, it’s because we have let them get...

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Making Time for Mommy

Kids Yoga DVD review from A Bit of Everything "If you're a homeschooling parent or have a toddler, then I think you're going to love this!  Move With Me Action Adventures is a really unique and fun exercise set that is just like Yoga for children and parents to do...

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Self Regulation Skills on LATimes.com

Self Regulation Skills on LATimes.com

Kids Yoga DVD Review from Make Time for Mommy "My kids love these fun movement stories that allow them to laugh, breathe and move their bodies in a manner that seems more fun than exercise."  Read the entire review here: istheretimeformom.com      ...

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How Stories Focus our Attention & our Hearts to Enhance Memory & Empathy

Self-Regulation Happens in the BODY!

I just returned from the NAEYC conference in Washington DC.  At the enormous and beautifully designed and equipped Kaplan section (they had a mini-stage and even a photo booth!), Wendy and I presented Move with Me Yoga Adventures' resources and curriculum (checkout...

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Executive Function – Better Behavior and More Learning

Executive Function – Better Behavior and More Learning

We love to do yoga at my daycare.  I'm always looking for new tools to use with the kids to help in their yoga journeys.  We usually do our yoga on days where the weather prohibits us from getting out outside play in, little bodies need to release that energy somehow!...

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Time to Upgrade Your Movement & Mindfulness

Time to Upgrade Your Movement & Mindfulness

The term "self-regulation" is being used more frequently, but what is self-regulation? The simple definition of self-regulation is: to govern oneself without outside assistance or influence. What’s not simple, however, is defining what it is to govern oneself and...

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You Are the Music in the Room

You Are the Music in the Room

Kids Yoga DVD Review from Make Time for Mommy "My kids love these fun movement stories that allow them to laugh, breathe and move their bodies in a manner that seems more fun than exercise."  Read the entire review here: istheretimeformom.com      ...

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Don’t forget to play, even when it’s grey!

Don’t forget to play, even when it’s grey!

Have you ever noticed that when you are happy, clear and confident, your kids or students are too? When you take care of yourself and feel good, you are more able to enjoy the day, and what happens is manageable. You are able to embrace things rather than struggle...

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How YOU Can Help End Childhood Obesity

How YOU Can Help End Childhood Obesity

How you hold your parents matters. When you judge, disrespect, or reject one or both of them, you are doing the same to yourself. Since you are literally of them and from them, it’s vital to your well-being and inner peace to accept them as they are, even if only in...

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More Youth Yoga Movement Heroes – Part 2

More Youth Yoga Movement Heroes – Part 2

    This post is a continuation of our Youth Yoga Movement Heroes series.  We continue to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have collaborated to support Move with Me in Partnership for a Healthier America’s End Childhood Obesity Innovation...

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Youth Yoga Movement Heroes!

Youth Yoga Movement Heroes!

Kids Yoga DVD Review on The Crazy House Reviews "If you are looking for a great way to get your little one's off the couch and moving around, I would definitely recommend you check out the website and read more about the program." Read the entire review on The Crazy...

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An interview with Dr.Tian Dayton

An interview with Dr.Tian Dayton

This post is a continuation of our Youth Yoga Movement Heroes series.  We continue to extend our sincere gratitude to all those who have collaborated to support Move with Me in Partnership for a Healthier America's End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge. We...

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New Product: Adventure Skills Cards!

New Product: Adventure Skills Cards!

  The following is an interview we conducted with Dr. Tian Dayton, MA, PH.D.,T.E.P. Dr. Dayton has a masters in educational psychology and a PhD in clinical psychology and is a board certified trainer in psychodrama. She is the director of The New York...

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Help kids learn to manage holiday stress!

Help kids learn to manage holiday stress!

Physical play and movement are essential for growing minds and bodies. When you nurture the body, physically, you nurture the mind, both cognitively and emotionally. Providing your students with opportunities for daily active, creative play is the best way to lay a...

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(VIDEO) Help Kids Release Stress and Relax

(VIDEO) Help Kids Release Stress and Relax

Kids Yoga DVD Review from Make Time for Mommy "My kids love these fun movement stories that allow them to laugh, breathe and move their bodies in a manner that seems more fun than exercise."  Read the entire review here: istheretimeformom.com      ...

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Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism

Classroom Yoga Helps Improve Behavior Of Kids With Autism

How you hold your parents matters. When you judge, disrespect, or reject one or both of them, you are doing the same to yourself. Since you are literally of them and from them, it’s vital to your well-being and inner peace to accept them as they are, even if only in...

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Improve Balance and Relieve Childhood Anxiety

How you hold your parents matters. When you judge, disrespect, or reject one or both of them, you are doing the same to yourself. Since you are literally of them and from them, it’s vital to your well-being and inner peace to accept them as they are, even if only in...

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Support for Children with Special Needs

By Dr. Jennifer Dustow, PHD In 2005 Jennifer Dustow conducted her doctorial thesis on specific intentional movement in a special needs pre-school classroom.  Nine special-needs students attending a public elementary school participated and all showed a significant...

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Studies Show Play and Brain Development Connected

Movement has been shown especially effective for children with special needs. Teaching Yoga to Children with Special Needs Manual and DVD, written by Craig Hanauer and edited and produced by Leah Kalish. Every Kid's Yoga, appropriate for special needs children with...

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