2016 Breakout Sessions
|A Call for Collaboration: Moving from a “Me” to “We” Mentality||Checka Antifonario, Christyn Schroeder, Elizabeth Goranson||As change makers on a mission, we move mountains – as individuals, service providers, and members of a growing movement to bring yoga to youth in our communities and schools. But, what would happen if we were to move from a "me" to "we" mindset and make collaboration the norm? What would it take and look like? What impact would it have on growing the field (and our careers)? Join a lively panel of collaborators as they explore these questions, share tips for ensuring successful collaborations, and practices for promoting a collaborative mindset with every interaction. We CAN be the change…together!||Business||Saturday Session 3|
|Advanced Business Planning for a Sustainable Kids Yoga Business||Aruna Kathy Humphrys, Claire Matthews||You’ve been teaching kids’ yoga and its working. Now what? |
Come join a candid conversation with two teachers with sustainable yoga businesses, Aruna (since 1998) and Claire (since 2006). Using real examples, they’ll share what has worked and not worked as children’s yoga teachers, yoga teacher trainers (Children and Adult), studio owner/directors, and course and product developers (live and online).
Then you’ll be expertly guided through a strategic visioning session to see opportunities to specialize, grow, and collaborate. You’ll tap into your strengths, use client feedback, and find flexibility to pivot in directions that create a successful, sustainable business.
|Boost the Brain through Yoga and Breath||Jyoti Bajaj||Boost the Brain through Yoga and Breath is an active, hands-on session that teaches participants how to use yoga postures and breathing exercises that help children of all abilities--including those with ADHD and Autism--to enhance their mental performance in a variety of contexts, from the sports field to the classroom. Teacher trainer and children’s yoga instructor, Jyoti Bajaj, will lead the workshop in a series of postures, breathing exercises, and meditation techniques, showing how each one improves coordination, memory, concentration, focus, comprehension, alertness. Participants will leave the session with a vivid sense of how to communicate the benefits of mindfulness to children and facilitate a rich, fun-filled, and child-first experience of yoga.||Tools||Saturday Session 2|
|Breath: The Bridge to Freedom AND What is Yoga?||HawaH||BREATH: The Bridge to Freedom|
Pranayama is the science of breath control that increases and roots the harmonious flow of energy in the body. Where your thoughts travel so your breath goes and when your breath becomes balanced so your thoughts and life transform. Explore a range of breathing techniques that ultimately will serve to deepen your experience of the world. Clear the mind, calm the body, and gain more mental focus and alertness through these powerful, ancient techniques passed down by sages for thousands of years.
WHAT IS YOGA?
A practice dating back thousands of years, where does it come from, how did it evolve, and where is it going from here? This important and lively discussion will be filled with great stories and time to explore the 8 limbs of Hatha Yoga and better understand the deep history and legacy that we are practicing today.
|Business Roundmat "Best Practices for Yoga Biz"||Pleasance Silicki, Lisa Flynn, Jodi Komitor, Shari Vilchez-Blatt||Q& A dedicated to everything you ever wanted to know about your growing, sustaining, inspiring and creating your buisness. This group is a lively bunch of passionate entrepreneurs, making decisions each day in how to live great lives and share what they know. Bring questions and topics to share!||Business||Sunday Roundmat|
|Classroom Friendly Yoga: Teaching Mindful Movement In Tight Spaces||Jennifer Mueller||Have you ever arrived to teach at a school to discover the studio-style class you planned just wasn’t going to work? In this interactive, experiential session, you will learn an accessible, classroom-friendly mix of yoga-based movement and mindfulness activities. Participants will leave with an arsenal of classroom-appropriate creative and brain-boosting movements, breath exercises, visualizations, mindfulness activities, and community-building games that yoga teachers (or classroom teachers) can implement without moving desks, unrolling yoga mats, or having their students take off their shoes.||School||Saturday Session 4|
|Connection: Partner and Group Poses for Kids of All Ages||Shari Vilchez-Blatt||Learn how to bond and connect your students with partner and group poses! This is a great way to build a sense of community and ensemble, to build teamwork skills and to connect with others. You'll experience over 75 playful poses (many are original and have never been seen) that you can share with toddlers through teens!||School||Sunday Intensive|
|Developing Well-Being: a Kosha-based approach to tween education integrating yoga and the arts||Alexis Hartwick, Suzie Carmack||Remember what it was like to be in middle school? Not quite an adult and no longer a child? Learn practical tools and techniques to reach tweens using yoga and the arts for the emotional, social, mental, spiritual, and physical well-being of students ages 11-14. The workshop is in three parts- an active learning activity that explores the developmental stage of preteens and how these relate to the Koshas, problem solving for the unique challenges that arise with this age group, and a mock class to put it all together.||Tools||Saturday Session 3|
|District Wide Mindfulness and Movement Implementation: Strategies for Success and Sustainability||Kathy Flaminio, Lynn Hernandez||This workshop will explore the key components for creating and implementing a sustainable mindfulness and yoga-based movement program in schools and district wide. The presenters will outline a step by step process that was taken in a large suburban school district in Minnesota. Ideas will be given on how to facilitate conversation with stakeholders that are hesitant to bringing mindfulness and yoga into the school setting. Through lecture, experiential opportunities and Q/ A participants will walk away with hands on strategies for bringing a program to students and staff in a systematic manner, including explanation of the Yoga Calm program, funding sources and training design.||Business||Saturday Session 1|
|Embracing Diversity and Supporting a Culture of Equity in the Yoga Classroom||Abby Wills||What are the roles of culture, gender and ability in our classes? How can we create inclusive, intercultural experiences in yoga? As yoga teachers, we are afforded the profound opportunity to provide students an embodied experience of the complexities and nuances of equality and justice. Imperative to this process is our fearless awareness of our own bias. We can utilize yogic practice as a laboratory for investigating the function of balance and equanimity in both the personal body/mind and in relationship to others.|
Being responsive to diversity allows us to directly integrate students' life experiences into the content of our curriculum.
|Get the Calm On… 27 Meditations for Children & Teens. Do some more for 54 and make it great for 108!||Dee Marie, Gina Kane||This workshop offers information to participants on how to teach meditation. Calming the mind and energy can be one of the hardest challenges for children's yoga teachers and school educators. Helping teachers introduce to their students a system of how to focus, relax and center.|
In Shavasana (supine pose) Sukasana (seated pose) Tadasana (standing pose) age appropriate meditations will be practiced. Breath meditations, mindfulness, creative visualizations, chakra meditations and five sense meditations will be experienced at this joyous, peaceful training. Typical students and special needs populations will be addressed and the brain- body influence that meditation brings to all abilities.
|Tools||Saturday Session 4|
|Holding a Bigger Picture of Health – An Introduction to Inherited Family Trauma||Leah Kalish||Research in epigenetics and neuroscience confirms that the effects of trauma are often carried forward affecting multiple generations. It is not only our physical traits that are inherited but also our mental attitudes and emotional patterns. This presentation is an introduction to the dynamics of inherited family trauma. The intention is to support those working with families to hold a bigger picture of health by seeing symptoms through a systemic perspective. Children’s challenging or inexplicable behaviors are often expressions of incomplete or repressed feelings from tragedies that have impacted the family and are not talked about. An understanding of how to ask about and track events such as loss of a parent, child, spouse, or country gives you an effective new tool for helping parents and kids connect the dots and disengage from suffering. |
To widen your lens, we will:
• Review the Family Constellation work of Bert Hellinger
• Outline the laws of systemic health
• Explain the epigenetics of trauma
• Demonstrate how trauma is unconsciously expressed
• Explore how to track systemic trauma
• Learn ways to disengage from what does not belong to us
|Research||Saturday Session 5|
|If They’re Singing They’re Breathing: Music, Language Development and The Brain||Craig Hanauer||Why is music so effective with young children? Music is processed at all levels of the brain; at the brain stem it affects arousal levels and through the limbic system it has a powerful impact upon emotions. Rhythmic movement is organizing, and singing supports expressive language and literacy. Different frequencies resonate in different parts of the body, so chanting mantra stimulates the body’s energy centers/chakras. |
During this experiential workshop we will chant, sing and explore yoga-based movement sequences set to kid friendly music to appreciate and understand the broad range of benefits these activities provide.
|Tools||Saturday Session 5|
|Master Class - Don Wenig||Don Wenig||Join children's yoga master teachers for a "mock" kids yoga class, followed by an interactive question and answer session.||Master Class||Saturday Session 1|
|Master Class - Jodi Komitor||Jodi Komitor||Join children's yoga master teachers for a "mock" kids yoga class, followed by an interactive question and answer session.||Master Class||Saturday Session 3|
|Master Class - Kira Willey||Kira Willey||Join children's yoga master teachers for a "mock" kids yoga class, followed by an interactive question and answer session.||Master Class||Sunday Roundmat|
|Master Class - Shakta and Krishna||Krishna Kaur, Shakta Khalsa||Master Class||Sunday Intensive|
|Master Class - Sonia Sumar||Sonia Sumar||Master Class||Saturday Session 5|
|Master Class- Bari Koral||Bari Koral||Master Class||Saturday Session 2|
|Niyama and our UNDER STANDING (self care)||Peggy Duffy||Self care is one of the limbs that is quickly forgotten and not taught our kids lives. When they are little, wash your hands is the most common of advice to care for ourselves (the rest is handled by others). The 2nd limb of yoga is Niyama: personal observances. Getting to know ourselves. Caring for ourselves. Not out of duty but out of love and gratitude. Brief discussion of the 8 limbs with a focus on the 2nd. Instruction on foot massage, the relationship of reflexology AND.. (my favorite) drawing a foot map to discover the connection of self care and nurturing our UNDER STANDING of the feet||Teen||Teen|
|Nurture Your Inner-Child--a time to practice what we teach||Rachel Glowacki, Sarah Henderson||Are you burned out? Feeling stagnant? Need a breath of fresh air? As kid yoga teachers, we tend to give and give, and sometimes neglect our personal self-care practices in order to serve others. This 90-minute workshop is like a “mini-retreat;” designed to fill up your soul with transformational tools through a meditative yoga practice, a life-changing writing exercise, personal reflection and in-depth group discussion, topped off with a rest and relaxation session that will leave you feeling blissed out. ||Business||Saturday Session 4|
|Product Development 101||Lisa Flynn & Leah Kalish||Do you have a great product or resource idea? In this presentation, two experienced product developers will share their stories while providing helpful tools for refining your unique idea. You will be walked through a list of important questions to consider before getting started, creative, financial, and legal options, and the critical steps necessary to lay a foundation for success.||Business||Saturday Session 5|
|Project Peaceful Warriors: Weaving trauma informed yoga and mindfulness into the classroom||Chelsea Hylton, Chloe Kingery||Project Peaceful Warriors: Weaving trauma informed yoga and mindfulness into the classroom provides educators, caretakers, parents, etc. with an overview of trauma, how its effects manifest in children specifically in an academic setting, and how to use yoga and mindfulness to help students cope and thrive both inside and out of the classroom.||School||Saturday Session 1|
|Quiet the Mind, Spark Creativity||Lisa Danahy, Meghan Lally||Creativity and learning are only possible when the mind and body are balanced. Explore the power of art and yoga to clear and focus the mind, direct awareness, and build a platform for true learning and understanding. Explore strategies to blend yoga and art to enhance the learning process. Practice techniques to improve social and emotional well-being to benefit the whole school community.||School||Saturday Session 5|
|Research Roundmat Discussion||Andria Shook||Research is defined as the systematic investigation and study of materials and sources to establish facts and reach new conclusions. Though this definition sounds rather complex, the quest to acquire new knowledge and can be as simple or complex as the researcher elects to make their study.|
In this 90-minute session, all participants will have an opportunity to try on their own “research hats” and think about their kids’ yoga community through the lens of an outside researcher. Current studies and methodologies will be introduced by the discussant, then participants will collaborate to design their own ‘mini studies’ to implement following the conference. Further, discussions of academic partnerships and pursuing formal research opportunities will conclude the session.
|School Roundmat Discussion "Anticipating and Overcoming Common Obstacles in Kids & Teen Yoga Classes"||Allison Morgan, Gail Silver, Traci Childress, Tawanna Kane||This panel of seasoned professionals, each founders of successful school based yoga and mindfulness programs, will discuss how to stay centered as yoga teachers when yoga classes go off course. The tips and topics discussed will be applicable for use in classes for your youngest students right up through those classes taught to adolescents. The panelists will teach us how to keep yoga class moving forward in the face of common obstacles that can arise during class. Specifically, they will address how to establish and enforce boundaries appropriately and effectively, how to interpret behavior as a form of communication, how to cultivate discipline with adolescents in non-traditional settings, and how to employ mindfulness practices for yourself as a teacher and as a tool to redirect a challenging classroom situation.||School||Sunday Roundmat|
|Sustainable Lesson Plan Series for Kids Yoga Classes||Kim Spires, Lisa Warren||This interactive session will focus on how to create quality lesson plan tool kits. Planning classes around themes can help students engage in classes and feel more secure as it allows them to know what to expect. We will discuss appropriate themes for various age groups (tots through teens) and how to use those themes to structure a class. Participants will experience a short thematically-based yoga class and be provided with sample lessons. Participants will then have a chance to create their own lesson plan, based on a theme of their choice. Attendees will take away ideas and tools to actually use in their classes. Say goodbye to panic prior to classes, a lesson plan kit allows you to have a structured lesson plan while keeping your class fluid.||Business||Saturday Session 2|
|Teaching Yoga In Schools--the balance of Secular & Sacred (and Silly!)||Cheryl Crawford, Darleen Gearhart, Debby Kaminsky||How do we bring the power of yoking body, mind and heart, to schools? May we mantra , mudra or meditate? How do we offer this sacred practice in PE classes, classrooms, after school programs, sports teams and not water it down so much that is no longer has the look and feel and true essence of yoga? Are some mudras and yoga wear considered gang symbols? How do we navigate through that? Receive perspectives and first hand experience from both Newark Yoga Movement and Atlanta Yoga Movement founders as well as a principal from Newark Public School System so you will feel more at hOHM in schools.||School||Saturday Session 2|
|Teen Yoga Fusion||Ann Biese||Join Ann Biese of ChildLight Yoga for an introduction to Teen Yoga Fusion. Participants learn techniques to combine challenging and restorative yoga poses with discussion of yoga theory in a mock class. Ann will demonstrate how to provide a rewarding physical and mindful experience that increases physical strength and builds self-confidence in teens! Participants further discover the added benefits of yoga, including improved focus, reduced stress and increased physical flexibility.||Teen||Teen|
|The "Right" Side of the Tracks: Yoga, Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Tools to Empower Today's Youth||Carla Tantillo Philibert, Stefanie Piatkiewicz||Today's youth live in difficult times. In 2013, approximately 21 percent of school-age children were in families living in poverty. Additionally, Nearly 35 million U.S. children have experienced one or more types of childhood trauma. This innovative workshop experience will provide participants with the yoga, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and mindfulness tools to empower children of all ages to combat life's stressors. This training is experiential in nature to give participants first-hand knowledge of how each activity feels so that they can then more authentically utilize the strategies when working with different youth and student populations. Along with a deep dive into the SEL standards and their connection to yoga and mindfulness, this workshop will also include easy and effective teacher self-care strategies, to prevent compassion fatigue amongst practioners in the field.||Research||Saturday Session 2|
|The adolescent brain on yoga - a scientific and hands on look at yoga in schools||Iona Smith, Natalie Trent||This session will highlight the latest neuroscience on the adolescent brain and the effects of yoga and mindfulness practice on the brain, emotion regulation and social emotional learning. The co-presenters will share both the scientific and programming aspects of yoga in the schools programs. A rational will be offered for yoga in the schools through the lens of scientifc research. This session will also include practical yoga based tools that can be used with adolescents in a vaiety of settings. This workshop is appropriate for parents, educators and yoga teachers interested learning more about the teenage brain and the benefitial effects of yoga for teens.||Research||Sunday Intensive|
|The Art of Laughing Yoga||Joanie Woodward||"The Art of Laughing Yoga" |
by Joanie Woodward
This jubilant session embraces Yoga principles with the integrity of our childrens essence.."Laughter"! The abundance of health benefits from laughing, coupled with "Seven Little Monkeys", my book, illustrating the Yoga concept of "Monkeymind" and the power of deep belly breathing. Willingly we will evoke our childlike spirits playfully practicing contagious laughing exercises, eye contact, stomping, romping, clapping and chanting Ho Ho Ha Ha Ha! Flowing into Yoga postures and quieting into smiling meditation. Scientific research and data show as we experience the gift and power of laughter our Divine consciousness naturally develops Joy and Peace.
|The Embodied Yoga Teacher: A Step-by-Step Guide to Positive Embodiment and Self-regulation within Yourself and Your Classroom||Catherine Cook-Cottone, Kelli Love||How do you show up as a teacher? This workshop explores teacher self-regulation and embodiment and the impact on others (e.g., children, yoga clients). With an outward focus, it’s easy to become disconnected from your own physiology and emotional states. Teachers are most powerful working from a deeply connected and authentic way of being. In this workshop, you will explore a model of attunement with self and others and the obstacles inherent to cultivating positive attunement. Through roleplaying, emotional processing, and practice, you will learn tools for positive embodiment: (1) self-awareness, (2) self-regulation, and (3) practicing whole classroom mindfulness. ||Research||Saturday Session 1|
|Tools for Teens: What Students Need in School-Based Yoga||Kristen Lalka and Bent on Learning Teens||Hear from the experts - teen yogis - on how to best structure and lead classes for teenagers. This breakout session will give our students a chance to share relevant issues and how yoga helps them face challenges, insights into favorite poses and activities - and how to best structure a series of classes to give teens ownership of their own practice. Will feature a short practice and time for Q+A!||School||Saturday Session 3|
|Tools Roundmat "Keeping It Real: Yoga Work with Communities of Color"||Kenneth Strickland, Keval Kaur Khalsa, Sarah Pederson, Sherita Young||Interweaving critical conversation, personal practice and embodied dialogue, this workshop will open a safe and nonjudgmental space to get real around issues of race, class, privilege and access within the context of yoga work with youth of Color. Theatre of the Oppressed physical exercises will allow participants to share fears, insecurities, breakthroughs. Small and full group dialogue will interrogate the concepts of “self” and “other;” “power over” and “power with;” white privilege, intersectionality and inclusion/exclusion. Practices from the Kundalini Yoga tradition will help us access our authentic selves, the foundation for building critical awareness, compassion and courage as yoga teachers.||Tools||Sunday Roundmat|
|Yoga Games Galore||Donna Freeman||Discover why “Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning” during this interactive, fun workshop. Learn the benefits of playing yoga with students of all ages, how to invite positive challenge and even friendly competition into your classes to motivate and inspire students, as well as games, games and more games.||Tools||Saturday Session 1|
|Yoga Promotes Social Interaction among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders||Louise Goldberg||Yoga is a therapeutic model exquisitely suited to children with autism spectrum disorders. Playful interaction in a comfortable environment can stimulate communication and social exchanges, improve imitation skills, and promote connection with others. Research suggests a correlation between imitation and play skills and language development with children on the autism spectrum.|
Participants will learn a series of postures that engage and/or soothe children while accommodating sensitivities to touch, preference for deep pressure, and reluctance to movement.
Social interaction may be subtle or brief, but learning to recognize it and build upon it is the foundation for the therapeutic exchange.
|Research||Saturday Session 5|
|Yoga in Schools: Case Study Review||Dr. Andrea Hyde||Join Dr. Andrea Hyde for yoga in schools case study reviews. |
Is Yoga a Viable
Yoga at the Promise Program: A Qualitative Case Study of Yoga at an Alternative School: Dr. Hyde will give an overview of qualitative case study research and will distribute a DIY case study template for assessing school-based yoga programs. She will then share the story of Yoga In Schools’ work with a behavior support alternative near Pittsburgh, PA. Participants are invited to ask their own questions about case study in general or YIS’s work at the alternative school
|Research||Saturday Session 4|