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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Riverstone Meditation:A Mindfulness Practice for Children 

My oldest son sometimes has difficulty going to sleep. Over time, I found that he tends to get himself caught up in thoughts at bedtime. I created this meditation for him. We adapt it each time a bit– if he is afraid, or having a recurring thought, we might insert a specific reference to that […]

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. […]

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 […]

On Becoming an Accidental Leader 

Four years ago, I founded a school. It seems absurd to say it, but in some regards, it was an accidental business; a purposeful founding, with no thought about how it would result in a business to run and manage. I met a woman at a local garden by chance when we were both there […]

Yoga, Asana and Practice: Attending to the heart 

Six years ago I was pregnant with my first son. I had been studying Iyengar yoga intensely for several years. During the pregnancy I completed my training with Patricia Walden. Being pregnant meant that going up for certification in the Iyengar system when finished, wasn’t possible. My birth had some complications and my asana practice […]