FREE Embodied Mindfulness Video Program for Kids

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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Stimulation vs Nourishment

In the video below, Rafe Kelley, founder of Evolve Move Play, presents a valuable distinction between that which fills our attention and feeds our monkey minds and that which nourishes our humanity and fuels our personal development.   It’s a valuable lens through...

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2 Breathing Exercises to Support Executive Function

The official definition of executive function is: a set of processes that all have to do with managing oneself and one's resources in order to achieve a goal.  It is an umbrella term for the neurologically-based skills involving mental control and self-regulation....

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4 Ways to Build & Enhance Focus

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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A Breathing Exercise for Impulse Control

Impulse Control Defined Impulse control refers to the ability to think before acting and to forgo an immediate desire to wait for a later reward. For children, impulse control means developing social skills such as managing to wait politely for food to be prepared;...

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5 Steps to Slowing Down

Learning to notice that you are sped up and, in response, down-regulate, is a valuable life skill.   It will give your children a foundation upon which to build self-awareness, self-regulation and well-being. The steps outlined in this article are to support you in...

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Good Health Starts with Self-Regulation

Recently, my teacher sent me this article by Gabor Maté: How to Build a Culture of Good Health.  Read it!  It beautifully explains the holistic, relational, developmental nature of health that I think we’ve all experienced at some level but never had words for:...

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The Dance of Interaction

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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Keep Fighting for More Play!

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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Being in the Vertical vs. Horizontal

In a recent Movement and Mindfulness™ Curriculum Certification, our trainer, Leah Kalish, MA, taught us about “being in the Vertical versus Horizontal.” She was speaking to the idea of self-care. That it behooves every teacher or parent or caregiver to make taking...

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Moving Out of the Pathology Paradigm

To me, the mindfulness movement has wonderfully enhanced our learning how to self-care, self-regulate, and be responsible for our own well-being and mental health. Because it encourages us to rest back, widen out, and notice without judgment, it also invites us to...

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Self-Inquiry & Intention Setting

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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You Teach Who You Are

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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Trainer Spotlight: Rosalie Tetreault

Rosalie has worked with young children, youth, families, and teachers in her community in southern California for the last 20 years. Her mission is to empower them to feel peaceful and to advocate for peace. I focus on sharing tools that support their self-care and...

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A Great New Way to Engage Parents

I just discovered a new organization that you will all want to know about: Vroom! Vroom provides parents with support and specifics (in English and Spanish) on how to stimulate their child's brain during every day activities such as eating, bathing, dressing, and...

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Bridging the Gap Between Policy & Practice

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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Anywhere, Anytime Self-Regulation Tools for YOU

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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Make Friends with TIME

What if your new mantra was: I have plenty of time? Say it to yourself a few times .... let it sink in to your body and mind as fact.  Let yourself feel that you have plenty of time. Notice your internal response. Did you soften, widen, slow down, take a deep breath?...

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Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Certification Intention

The 2015 roster of nationwide Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Certifications are designed to give you – yoga instructors, movement teachers, early childhood educators, and therapeutic professionals with a yoga practice – the knowledge and resources to expand...

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Self-Compassion – An Essential Practice for Well-being

I’ve been taking an online course created by the Greater Good Science Center called: The Science of Happiness. It is a comprehensive compilation of the research into what cultivates human happiness. Not surprising, personal happiness, correlated with greater...

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3 Ways to MOVE MORE in Your Classroom with FELT

The research on the benefits of exercise for young and old, like self-regulation and mindfulness, is definitive.  I think we can all agree how important movement is to well-being, development, learning, and behavior.   We certainly don’t need more information to be...

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Interview with Playful Parenting Author, Larry Cohen

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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Interview with Vanessa Kahlon

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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Mindful Class Management Interview with Leah Kalish

When we launched Move with Me Yoga Adventures 3 years ago, our first official customer feedback came from Mike Russo, Early Childhood Center Director, Davis-Munson Air Force Base.  He wrote: The MwM Yoga Adventure Programs are so much more than kids exercise DVDs. ...

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Interview with Brad Chapin of SelfRegulationStation.com

In this video, Leah Kalish interviews Brad Chapin of SelfRegulationStation.com Brad Chapin is a Masters Level Psychologist with a passion for helping others learn the skills necessary for success and happiness. He is a Best-Selling author and Nationally Recognized...

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An Interview with Pediatric OT, Susan Guertin

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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3 Self Regulation Activites for Home or Classroom

The following videos demonstrate self regulation activities that you can use at home or in the classroom. These activities help children to calm, focus, get grounded into their bodies. As a result of this internal centering, executive function is improved and children...

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Self Regulation Interview with Dr. Reggie Melrose

Leah Kalish interviews Dr. Reggie Melrose, Ph.D. Dr. Melrose is a Clinical Child and School Psychologist in private practice in Long Beach, CA. She is creator of Brain Charge: The K-12 Curriculum and the author of the ground-breaking books, You Can Heal Your...

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

"The Move-with-Me program has so much to offer.  Our Head Start teachers benefited immensely from Leah's knowledge, resources, and enthusiasm and are already reporting that the Adventure Skills & Stories are making a positive impact on our classroom dynamics.  ...

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Self-Regulation and Brain Development

Let Dr. Reggie Melrose explain the hierarchical development of the brain and how all our early experiences affect our ability to self-regulate, which she describes as the single most important capacity we can possess as human beings.  With this understanding, we can...

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4 Tools to Help Young Children Self-Regulate & Focus

The ability to focus grows along with a child’s ability to self-regulate, and is just as important for both social and academic success. You can nurture its development by providing fun and compelling activities that require children to focus and sustain their focus....

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5 Kids Yoga Poses for Self-Regulation at Home or Classroom

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 Starts at Home

Self-regulation isn’t just an at school SEL activity.  Self-regulation is important for the whole family.  Because children develop the ability to self-regulate by being around self-regulating adults, it’s crucial for parents, as well as teachers and care-givers, to...

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Self-Regulation Skills for Preschoolers

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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Being a Better Me in 2014

My only resolution for 2014 is to mindfully self-regulate – every 30 minutes!  I have my phone chime set to remind me.  When I hear it, I drop into ease and align with enjoyment.  Regardless of what I’m doing, I decompress, widen my focus, open my heart, and become...

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New Research Study on Use of Yoga Tools in Classrooms

  During my tenure as Program Director of Yoga Ed. at The Accelerated School (TAS) in Los Angeles, I wrote and   implemented a professional development training called: Tools for Teachers.  Based on our initial success at TAS and the Los Angeles Unified School...

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What about 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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The Story of Play vs Academics

Historically, the approach to early childhood education in the US has, for decades, swung between support for whole child development/ play and focus on cognitive development of the child / academics. In 1957, when the Russians won the race to space with the launching...

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3 Simple Steps to a Stress Less Day

Teachers, parents, children … anyone - needs only three, simple, universal steps to a less stressful day.  Drink water Pause to self-reflect & self-care ... then choose a brain-body-nervous system refresher Take 60-120 seconds to slowly and intentionally refresh...

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Self – Regulation Skill Building

At SixSeconds.org, the first and largest organization supporting the development of emotional intelligence worldwide, they teach businesses, schools, consultants, and individuals to use self-regulation tools to improve relationships, communication, teamwork,...

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What is Self-Regulation?

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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The Crazy House Reviews

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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A Bit of Everything

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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Making Time for Mommy

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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Self Regulation Skills on LATimes.com

Check out the Move with Me Action Adventures featured posts with videos about self-regulation skills on LA Times.com Deep down wisdom exercise can help calm child Cat Wisdom stretch helps kids relax Kids can smarten up with Monkey Wisdom Try This: 'Elephant ears'...

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Self-Regulation Happens in the BODY!

A recent article in Developmental Psychology and Committee for Children reports that children with higher levels of self-regulation achieve higher scores in reading, vocabulary and math. As any therapist, teacher or parent, who has knowledge of sensory integration...

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Executive Function – Better Behavior and More Learning

According to CA Head Start: Higher order thinking skills are crucial to a child’s success in school, and they are a challenge to support in the preschool classroom. Why? Because brain executive function mode requires physical well-being, emotional safety and embodied...

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Time to Upgrade Your Movement & Mindfulness

The SPARK Foundation, along with many other non-profits, such as Let’s Move! Active Schools, are all dedicated to creating, implementing, and evaluating research-based programs that promote lifelong wellness. The resources and research on their sites are both...

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You Are the Music in the Room

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

  It's grey, it's cold, everyone's been sick and you're totally uninspired. We all know the feeling. But don't let winter gloom and cabin fever turn you into a couch potato. Plan some FUN & EXERCISE! Active playtime is just as important as some extra doses of...

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How YOU Can Help End Childhood Obesity

When weight holds you back as a child, it’s devastating... My friend, Francesca, grew up as an overweight child and it was really rough.  She was bullied, limited by weight to participate in school activities like cheerleading, and incredibly uncomfortable in her own...

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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 Challenge. We...

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Youth Yoga Movement Heroes!

When Move with Me was selected as a semi-finalist in Partnership for a Healthier America's End Childhood Obesity Innovation Challenge we had no idea that the youth yoga community would answer our call for support with such a groundswell of generosity. Abby Wills of...

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An interview with Dr.Tian Dayton

  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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New Product: Adventure Skills Cards!

The Scooter & Me self-care exercises and self-regulation techniques on big, bright sturdy cards (5.5"x 8.5") Pre-order now for delivery in January!                         ...

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Help kids learn to manage holiday stress!

Play and movement are essential for delightful, well-behaved children – all year long.  This winter, help your children be the angels you know they can be by planning and sharing more active fun, even indoors; and by balancing the many stressors that arise during the...

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(VIDEO) Help Kids Release Stress and Relax

Early childhood poverty can significantly damage the development of self-regulation skills.  This is one of the main causes for the socio-economic academic achievement gap.  Self-regulation, the ability to monitor and manage one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, is...

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Improve Balance and Relieve Childhood Anxiety

By Rick Nauert PHD Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 24, 2009 "As increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with anxiety, researchers have discovered that the link between balance and anxiety can be assessed at an early age and that something can be...

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Support for Children with Special Needs

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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Studies Show Play and Brain Development Connected

There is a growing body of evidence and writing on the link between play, exercise and the healthy growth and development of our brain. In sorting through relevant studies and articles, the following two links are worth highlighting for their simplicity, ease of...

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25 Quotes about the importance of PLAY

"Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold." -Joseph Chilton Pearce "It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."...

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Support the Free Yoga Resources for Schools project!

Yoga in schools is proving to be an effective way to increase emotional intelligence, cultivate a cooperative classroom and build community.   By teaching students simple exercises to cope with stress and develop mindfulness, they acquire tools for a lifetime of...

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7 Ways Scooter & Me Yoga Stories Nurture Children

  Albert Einstein: "Learning is experience. Everything else is just information." Did you know that key literacy milestones are impossible to achieve without certain motor milestones having been mastered? The process of acquiring specific motor skills wire the...

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Affirmations and Mantras for Kids

When you think of mantra, if you are a student of yoga, you probably think of the recitation of beautiful Sanskrit phrases with a spiritual purpose. In a nutshell, the idea behind mantras is that specific words you repeat may become part of who you and reveal, over...

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

"Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them." Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) wrote these words about what he thought of writing for adults. What did he think we adults were missing that children are not missing? How about the nonsensical/sensical beauty and...

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Grounding or Earthing technique for kids- Inner Mountain

  We all want our kids to be able to ground and center themselves. We want them to be stable and level-headed; we want them to be down to earth, able to stand their ground, have both feet firmly planted on the ground. Yet, we don't teach them how. How many kids,...

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Share the Sunshine Breath

Find a patch of sunshine near a window or go outdoors into your yard or on your porch (If you can't get your child out of bed, just open the curtains, and let the sunshine in. Together, reach your arms up, come up as high as you can on your tippy-toes and reach for...

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15 Ways to give your children the gift of presence

  One of the greatest resources your children have and that you have to give to them is yourself. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a grandparent, an aunt, an uncle, a daycare worker, etc. - if you are around children in any capacity, you need offer nothing...

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Teaching kids how to focus with a water drawing board

  How do I help my kids/students focus and stay on task?! If getting kids to focus is an issue, have you ever wondered if they actually understand how?!   They certainly know the word, but do they know the actions needed in their bodies?  Can they distinguish...

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