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Yoga and Mindfulness in the Classroom: Trauma-Informed Tools to Support Social and Emotional Learning, Student Success and Positive Climate

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT 500, RCYT
6 Hours 27 Minutes
Feb 26, 2020
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Do you find yourself wondering what more you can do to help your easily distracted student? The one who has a hard time maintaining focus? What if you had the tools that would enhance focus and attention, ease anxiety, and improve confidence, self-esteem and academic performance? In this recording you will learn simple, developmentally appropriate yoga and mindfulness tools that can be immediately integrated into your daily curriculum. These skills are a proven and effective way to promote self-regulation ability, learning readiness, and resilience while cultivating a positive, peaceful, productive classroom.

Through the framework of – Noticing, Mindful Choice, Practice, Reflection, Integration – you will learn how to empower your students and yourself with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of self-regulation skills and cognitive control. Through 67 simple yoga and mindfulness-based activities designed to engage the whole child, you will help your students move from a state of anxiety and dysregulation to a state of engagement, control, and connectedness. All activities are specially chosen for their suitability for the typical classroom space and schedule and can be done standing beside or sitting at desks, while hands and bodies remain off the floor. Yoga 4 Classrooms is easy for teachers, students, and therapists to use, and helps to create a more harmonious, learning-friendly school day.

This inspiring recording will give you the tools to integrate yoga and mindfulness skills into your classroom, leaving everyone feeling empowered, calm, and ready to learn. Absolutely no yoga experience is required!


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Yoga 4 Classrooms

Lisa Flynn, E-RYT, RCYT, is founder & CEO of Yoga 4 Classrooms and founder and former owner of ChildLight Yoga, national organizations providing professional development trainings, curricula, resources and consulting to individuals, schools and organizations who support the social, emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing of children, youth and families.

Lisa is the author of the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Card Deck (2011), Yoga for Children: 200+ Yoga Poses, Breathing Exercises and Meditations for Healthier, Happier, More Resilient Children (2013); and Yoga for Children-Yoga Cards: 50+ Yoga Poses and Mindfulness Activities for Kids (2018); contributor to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools (2015) and Stories of School Yoga: Narratives from the Field (2019); and sponsors the free resource: Research Repository: Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness for Children, Adolescents and in Schools.

Lisa contributed to the first published research study to use both subjective and objective data to examine the acute and longitudinal effects of a school-based yoga intervention in young children. Her work has been featured on Fox News and publications such as Education Week, Forbes, Greater Good Magazine, Washington Post, Yoga Journal and Parents.

In addition to supporting a diverse group of schools in sustainably implementing yoga and mindfulness school wide, Lisa is a national presenter and advocate for youth mental health and the integration of MY-SEL (mindfulness, yoga social and emotional learning) in education. Closer to home, she also serves as a school board member of MSAD 35 / South Berwick and Eliot, ME.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lisa Flynn is the founder and CEO of Yoga 4 Classrooms and receives compensation as a consultant. She receives a speaking honorarium from the University of New Hampshire Professional Development & Training and the National Education Association of New Hampshire. Lisa Flynn receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lisa Flynn is a member of the Yoga Alliance, the Mindfulness in Education Network, the Association of Mindfulness in Education and the Yoga Service Council.


  1. Explore the mind-body connection and how stress and trauma affects learning and behaviour.
  2. Evaluate the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of yoga and mindfulness-based interventions for children in schools.
  3. Determine the signs of imbalance in your students and yourself.
  4. Develop opportunities for taking yoga breaks during the school day.
  5. Implement 67 simple, trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness-based activities, as needed, throughout the day.
  6. Design outcome-focused sequences based on time available: calming, focusing, energizing, community building.
  7. Access additional tools and resources to ensure continued progress.



  • Neuroscience of attention, learning, and behaviour
  • Yoga as a trauma-informed intervention
  • Rationale for yoga and mindfulness in the classroom
  • Research on yoga in schools


  • Noticing
  • Mindful Choice
  • Practice
  • Reflection
  • Integration


  • Let’s Breathe
    • Conscious breathing exercises to calm and centre or empower and energize
      • Balloon Breath
      • Countdown to Calm
      • Power Breath
      • Conductor Breath, and more…
  • At Your Desk
    • Convenient, time-saving seated stretches and modified yoga postures to refresh and focus
      • Cat Pose
      • Open Heart
      • Corkscrew
      • Sitting Pigeon, and more…
  • Stand Strong
    • Simple, structured opportunities to stand up and stretch, balance, and strengthen
      • Mountain
      • Waterfall
      • Crescent Moon
      • Desk Puppy and more...
  • Loosen Up
    • Take a break activities designed to dispel stress, build community, and promote readiness to learn
      • Do My Best
      • Geyser
      • Posture Prep
      • Stick Ems and more…
  • Be Well
    • Developmentally-appropriate discussion starters supporting health and wellness of the whole child
      • Celebrate You
      • Practice Peace
      • Get Your Zzzzzs
      • Be Clean and more…
  • Imagination Vacation
    • Modified, child-friendly approaches to meditation and relaxation
      • Special Friend
      • Mindful Meditations
      • Gratitude Relaxation
      • Picture it Tree and more…


  • Morning Meeting
  • Take a Break
  • Transitions
  • Pre-Writing & Writing Break
  • Pre-Testing & Testing Break
  • Calm / Focus
  • Mood / Energy Shift
  • Close of Day


  • Tools and tips for engagement, inclusivity, and a trauma-informed presentation
  • Modify for individual needs and abilities
  • Empowering your students to integrate learning
  • Engaging the family
  • Monitoring the impact of implementation

Target Audience

  • Educators
  • Special Educators
  • School Administrators
  • School Social Workers
  • School Counselors
  • School Nurses
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech Language Pathologists

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