Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance

Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance


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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 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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608827923
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 11/01/2013
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 356,231
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

Acknowledgments vii

Foreword ix

Introduction 1

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

References 177


Jennifer C. Harper lives in the greater New York City area.

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Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
JennyEP More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
KGilmour More than 1 year ago
This is not just another kids yoga 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!