Detention or Yoga?

Mindful Moments Yoga as a Behavior Plan for All Students    One question many people ask me in reference to  teaching Yoga in the classroom is “Are the benefits of yoga significant enough to bring them into a classroom?”  I think what they mean is, Sure, Yoga would be great for kids, but is it really WORTH IT? As a middle school teacher myself, I know first-hand the issues that schools and students face that are addressed,…   Continue

What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga?

What is Trauma-Sensitive Yoga? I have always known that yoga was both physically and emotionally transformational, regardless of which of the two gets you hooked in the first place.  But recent research and studies have concluded that yoga is also highly effective in helping to heal the effects of trauma, primarily because of the mindful nature of yoga and the physical attention to those areas of the body that are storing (affected by) trauma. Sometimes…   Continue

Mindful Moments? Who’s got time for that?

Mindful Moments? Who’s got time for that? This is the quite lengthy email I sent out to the teachers at my school today.  It’s an awful time of year to get bombarded with long emails, but I sent it anyway (note the caveat). A lot of people did read my ramblings, and I am so appreciative!  I also heard several great ideas for next school year. Imagine what we can come up with if we bring…   Continue

Summer Wellness

Whether it’s a long weekend, a week away, or a month abroad, summertime means a change of scenery, a change of routine, and a break from the stress and frustration of our daily grind.  Sometimes the grind is so great that we really do feel we are about to break under the pressure.  Sometimes the grind is just part of the energy that keeps us motivated to be great at our job.  Either way, changes…   Continue

PiYo — for strength, balance, and flexibility

PiYo is a new fitness program that combines yoga, pilates, and cardio to help sculpt your body into its most fit and lean form.  For a limited time, you can order the PiYo Challenge Pack for a savings of $70! Time to put away those excuses, and get ready to LOVE your workout!

Time to Breathe

Have you ever used this expression: “I barely have time to breathe!”   Well, try being a Middle School Student these days — especially one who wants to get good grades, play sports or an instrument (or both) and get along with friends, family, and teachers.  They are shoved from one important activity to another and the most common message they hear throughout the day is “Hurry Up!”  Hurry and get to class.  Hurry and sit…   Continue

Hey Baby!

I’m so excited about the new little baby that has entered the world this week.  While I am very happy for the royal family, I am actually referring to one of my good friends who has delivered her second beautiful and healthy baby boy yesterday.  I was able to visit Mom and Baby today and both of them look radiant, healthy, and happy. I thought about all the care this new Mom has given to…   Continue