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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By (author) Jennifer Cohen Harper, Contributions by Dr Daniel Siegel

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  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 251mm x 13mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 16 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oakland, CA
  • ISBN 10: 1608827925
  • ISBN 13: 9781608827923
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 97,314

Product description

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. Little Flower Yoga for Kids offers 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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Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E RCYT, is a leading voice in the children's yoga community. She is the founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, a national organization based in New York, and an active member of the Yoga Service Council and 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 Manhattan, NY. Jennifer C. Harper lives in the greater New York City area. 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.

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"Harper [Cohen], founder and director of the New York-based national organization Little Flower Yoga, explains the general tenets of yoga, as well as the elements of her program in this parent- and child-friendly guide. The interrelated traditions of yoga and mindfulness, Harper asserts, can help children learn awareness and self-regulation, relieve stress, and increase focus. The core of the book is devoted to the five Little Flower components: connect, breathe, move, focus, and relax. The sections provide yoga poses (asana), breathing techniques, and meditations, and are clearly illustrated so parents can readily follow and teach. Harper also walks readers through the eight limbs of yoga, and clearly explains how yoga strengthens 'the thoughtful brain' (the prefrontal cortex) so children feel 'calm, safe, secure and unconditionally accepted.' Advice on how to bring yoga off the mat and into other parts of a child's life (school, friendships) is also offered. Written with clarity and compassion, Harper's guide will inspire parents and educators to use the tools of yoga to help children overcome daily stress and live with greater emotional balance; the text is also likely to prompt adult readers to step up their own yoga practice." --"Publishers Weekly""Jennifer Cohen Harper's "Little Flower Yoga for Kids" is a clear, thoughtful, distinctive guide to the world of children's yoga. A must-read for the journey. It is a great addition to my training resource list." --Joanne Spence, executive director of Yoga in Schools "Body awareness enables people of all ages to be present in the here and now, an uncommon state these days. Cohen Harper helps young children to begin to move and connect their breathing with their bodies, from head to toe. Starting yoga at a young age plants a seed that will provide innumerable benefits later on, physically, psychologically, and emotionally. This book can be easily utilized and understood by many." --Gina M. Biegel, M

Back cover copy

Nurture Your Child's Capacity for Joy & Resilience Wouldn't it be great if your child could exercise, have fun, and build concentration skills all at the same time? Yoga has long been recognized as a healthy way to relieve stress and improve wellness, but did you know that it also helps increase focus? "Little Flower Yoga for Kids" offers parents and children a unique program combining yoga and mindfulness in an easy-to-read format. With this guide, your child will learn gentle yoga practices to help them pay better attention and balance their emotions, all while building physical strength and flexibility. Developed by teacher and certified yoga instructor Jennifer Cohen Harper for use in New York City schools, The Little Flower Yoga program is based on five key components to help kids: connect, breathe, move, focus, and relax. Evidence shows that yoga is a powerful tool for helping kids build healthy, happy lives--so why not get your child started today?