Creating a School Culture of Mindfulness 

Mindfulness offers educators and students an opportunity to cultivate the capacity to be present, to be less reactive in the moment, to stop, breath and listen, and to make choices in the face of challenges. When I cofounded the Children’s Community School four years ago,  I wanted to infuse our school with mindfulness. I wanted […]

What does it mean to be Child Friendly? Community, Conflict, and Mindful Action 

I had an interaction at a local (and very hip) shopping market. My then 2 year old picked up a silicone Popsicle container and put the edge of it in his mouth.  They are on ground level– bottom shelf. I was turned away from him, right beside him, looking at the bread. His older brother […]

Practice to Navigate Paradox 

There is a verse from Lau Tzu that says: “Instead of trying to be a mountain, be the valley of the universe, so all things will come to you.” The last 5 years have been teaching me this– strong willed and motivated, I feel that I have a more inherent understanding of what it means […]

Mindful Time Management 

We are all visionaries, capable of bringing our gifts to the world. Yet, often we struggle to realize our visions.  The capacity to manage our time is a skill each of us has the capacity to develop in order to support our real gifts. Here is a mindfully based time management process (and, yes, it […]

Dear Stranger in a Public Place: Why do You Offer Commentary on What Children Do? 

Standing in line to buy groceries, a friendly woman approaches me, reaching her thin hand out to pat my 2 year old on the arm, “what a good little boy, so quiet and so cooperative.” I am unaware of a study that has mapped this, but I would venture to say that, aside from pregnant […]

Teaching Children to Stop, Breath, and Listen 

Integrating a mantra or phrase, such as “stop, breath, listen” into your child’s life can support them to develop tools to navigate their own emotions in moments of conflict, confusion, or emotional overwhelm. As they develop an understanding of the three parts, you can use the phrase to redirect your younger child in challenging moments. […]

Discernment in Yoga practice 

At her keynote talk at the Yoga Service Conference in May, Beryl Bender Birch talked about the Yoga Sutras, yogic philosophy, and the work of doing service. I have a broad view of service, and think that we all do service — as teachers, parents, partners, caregivers, etc. So I think what she said is […]

Therapy, coaches, training: why are we never enough? 

I am entering a year in which I plan to hand over much of my administrative responsibility at the school I started 4 years ago. I do not want to leave the school, but to begin the process of training others in how the school runs. Much of the systems are out of my head […]

Angry Aggressive Yoga Teachers 

I have been working on a thoughtful and academically grounded piece on yoga teaching and yoga teaching institutions– still to come. But yesterday I witnessed a conversation that made me want to jump ahead of myself and say very clearly: hey yoga practitioners, let’s stop tolerating aggressive yoga teaching!  I was preparing to teach my […]

How do we create more equitable and sensitive classroom settings? 

I have turned education scholar Sonya Nieto’s principles of learning  into questions below. If institutions (and teachers) were to use these questions they could serve as part of a practice in holding themselves accountable to a more equitable, multi-cultural, spacious, and diverse learning environment. These questions might be:   Is this approach/setting allowing learning to […]