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Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids: Improve Emotional Regulation and Increase Attention

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Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT
6 Hours 24 Minutes
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Mar 22, 2018
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Do you think yoga and mindfulness can help the children you work with, but have no idea where to start? You’ve learned some mindfulness activities, but can’t figure out when and how to use them? Run out of good options for working with your most challenging kids? All children deserve the chance to thrive, and a growing body of research shows that yoga and mindfulness are powerful tools to help navigate a challenging world.

Join Jennifer Cohen Harper, author, founder and director of Little Flower Yoga, to explore how these practices can help kids soothe the protective part of their brain and engage and exercise the thoughtful part.

You’ll walk away from this engaging seminar with a step-by-step approach to integrate the practices of yoga and mindfulness to help children and adolescents who are struggling to regulate their emotions, sustain attention and control impulsive behavior.

Based on a program used with children in NYC schools, this framework for helping children access the inner resources of their body, breath and mind is comprehensive and effective, as well as accessible even for those with no prior yoga or mindfulness experience.

It’s time to help our kids move away from reactivity and toward balanced engagement with the world, both at home and at school. This seminar combines discussion, lecture, practice and reflection to send you back to your work inspired and empowered with both new tools and a clear knowledge of how to implement them.



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is an author and educator who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances, and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.

As the founder and CEO of Little Flower Yoga, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programming and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the board president of the non-profit Yoga Service Council, which works to maximize the effectiveness and sustainability of those committed to sharing practices supporting healing, resilience, self-development, community building and positive social change.

Jennifer is the author and co-author of numerous titles and card decks, including Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck (PESI, 2016), Little Flower Yoga (New Harbinger, 2013) and children’s books, Thank You Body, Thank You Heart (PESI, 2019) and Thank You Mind (PESI, 2020).

Jennifer’s work has been featured in prominent publications including NY Times, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and Yoga Journal and endorsed by thought leaders including Dan Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson and Congressman Tim Ryan. Jennifer is an engaging presenter committed to collective growth and learning. She offers powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is the owner and CEO of Little Flower Yoga. She is a published author and receives royalties. Jennifer Cohen Harper receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is an advisor to the Center for Resilience. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and the International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness.


  1. Examine the relationship between brain, nervous system, and body, and articulate how yoga and mindfulness can aid in supporting effective integration and function.
  2. Integrate yoga and mindfulness practices into treatment to help clients regulate their emotions.
  3. Implement yoga and mindfulness into clinical practice to enhance clients’ self-awareness.
  4. Utilize mindfulness strategies in a strength based, supportive manner to assist in improving client’s ability to attend and focus.
  5. Evaluate mindfulness techniques that may help children become more emotionally regulated as well as reduce impulsivity and increase positive decision making skills.
  6. Articulate strategies that can be integrated into treatment to help improve resilience and mindfulness-based self-care among clients.



  • The Neuroscience of Yoga & Mindfulness
    • Soothe the protective brain, engage and exercise the thoughtful brain
    • The brain-body relationship
    • Regulate the nervous system
    • Manage emotions
    • Explore the relationship between attachment, embodiment and attention
  • Strategies for Teaching Yoga & Mindfulness to Children
    • 8 guidelines to create an emotionally and physically safe space
    • Making practice relevant
    • ADHD considerations
  • Building Your Toolkit of Practices
    • The Five Elements of Yoga and Mindfulness
    • Connect: Practices to increase present moment awareness of self and others (Mindful Listening, Checking in Worksheet, Caring Feelings Meditation, I Am In Charge)
    • Breathe: Practices to stabilize energy and emotions (Grounding Breath, Empowering Breath, Calming Breath, Balancing Breath)
    • Move: Yoga based movement to regulate energy, and develop an improved sense of
    • agency (Grounding, Strengthening, Balancing)
    • Focus: Activities to build focus and attention capacity (Single Pointed Focus, Thought River Meditation, Expanding Energy Meditation)
    • Relax: Practices to calm the nervous system (Restorative Yoga, Tense and Let Go)
  • Addressing Resistance
    • Create an invitation to participate
    • Make practices relevant
    • Effective modeling
    • Skillful acceptance
    • Use mindfulness and yoga in challenging moments

Target Audience

Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Counselors, Social Workers, Therapists, Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Nurses, Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      5

Total Reviews: 26


Justine E

"Learned more in this online seminar than some in-person classes. Jennifer is a great presenter, with clear knowledge."

Michele M

"Jennifer was an excellent presenter. She clearly is very well-trained with a lot of practice and loves what she does. She showed empathy and love for children, especially while at school, and knows how much stress they are under with the ridiculously high academic levels and amount of homework. She was interesting and fun."

Jessica B

"This was an excellent course!"

Jennifer C

"Jennifer was very engaging and easy to understand."

Katherine S

"I loved this seminar, wonderful, valuable, relevant "

Shaayna P

"Presenter and topics were very detailed and informative. "

Kim M

"I really loved this webinar! "

Margaret A

"Great Programming! "

Trina B

"I really enjoyed the program and think that the inclusion of each slide next to the video feed is fantastic! I love being able to follow along easily and not worry about having to print a thick course packet. I really liked that the course was engaging without being intimidating. "

Sandi C

"Excellent presentation and explained the info in a captivating way"

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