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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 Kidsoffers 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 emotionsall 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.
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
|Product dimensions:||7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RCYT, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community. She is the founder and director of New York-based Little Flower Yoga and The School Yoga Project, cofounder and board vice president of the Yoga Service Council, and an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Harper leads the well-respected Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training for Children program, provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families, and frequently collaborates with other organizations to bring yoga for children to places as diverse as tent cities in Port au Prince, Haiti, and FAO Schwarz retail stores in New York City.
Foreword writer Daniel J. Siegel, MD, is an internationally acclaimed author, award-winning educator, and child psychiatrist. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine where he also serves as a co-investigator at the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center. He is also the executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational center devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, institutions, and communities. His books include Mindsight, The Developing Mind, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, Parenting from the Inside Out, and The Whole-Brain Child. He lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and two children.
Table of Contents
1 Understand 7
2 Explore 17
3 Get Started 29
4 Connect 39
Layers of Sound 43
Walking Meditation 45
Mindful Eating 47
Checking In 50
Emotion Jar 55
Caring Feelings 57
I Am in Charge Mantra 59
5 Breathe 63
Balloon Breath 68
Heart and Belly Breath 71
Langhana and Brahmana Breath 73
Alternate-Nostril Breathing 76
Back-to-Back Breathing 79
6 Move 83
Warming Up: Cat, Cow, and Twist Poses 86
A Place to Rest: Child's Pose 89
Grounding: Mountain Pose 90
Grounding: Malasana 92
Grounding: Seated Forward Bends 94
Strength: Warrior Poses 98
Strength: Moving Lunges 104
Strength: Boat Pose 108
Balance: Tree Pose 110
Balance: Side Plank Pose 112
Balance: Flower Pose 114
Balance: Half Moon Pose 116
Final Relaxation: Savasana 118
7 Focus 121
Exploring Your Drishti 124
Expanding-Energy Meditation 126
Single-Pointed Focus 128
Thought River Meditation 130
8 Relax 133
Legs up the Wall Pose 136
Supported Reclined Bound-Ankle Pose 138
Guided Visualization 140
Tense and Let Go: Yoga Nidra 142
9 Putting It All Together 145
From Sitting to Standing: No-Hands Stand 150
From Standing to Sitting: Tiptoe Pose to Squatting 151
From Sitting to Reclining: smallest You to Biggest You 152
Bringing Energy Up (Gently): Waking Up Your Body 154
Bringing Energy Down: Rag Doll Pose 155
Coming Back to Neutral: Simple Twist 156
10 Support for Parents 159
Appendix: Talking with Teachers 169
Recommended Reading 173
Jennifer C. Harper lives in the greater New York City area.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book has great recommendations for children, as well as parents. The activities are a great way to spend quality time with our children while helping them become mindful people.
This is such a great book to bring yoga and mindfulness to children. Jennifer Cohen Harper also explains the 8 limbs/paths of yoga that help create her program. I teach preschoolers and try to do a little bit of yoga with them each day. I have nothing against cute names for the poses or yoga songs for children; however, I feel Jennifer Cohen Harper's approach to teaching yoga to children is something that a child can grow with, from preschooler to teenager, because the poses are named for that they are. The names of the poses they learn about when they are five remain with them when they are teens. I also think the yoga and mindfulness practices detailed in the book creates a different kind of bonding for parents and children/caregivers and children. I also like her checklists and encouragement to ask children how they are feeling when they are practicing. The practices in the book can help anyone at any time, and are accessible. I think anyone who works with children or is a parents, caregiver, etc., should check out this book. N. Ascher
This is not just another kids yoga book...it is a journey into the world of yoga for children. Combining breath, mindfulness, relaxation along with the yoga poses, makes all the difference when approaching a child with the practice of yoga. This book leads you step by step through that process from setting the space to actual practices and activities to use in your home, classroom or yoga studio. The author's experience in the classroom, on the mat and as a mother shine through in the pages of this book. As a children's yoga instructor, I'm so excited to have a copy of my own and highly recommend it to any one looking to explore the world of children's yoga!