Yoga In My School

Yoga In My School

Empowering you to explore mindfulness and movement with youth. What began in 2009 as a way to connect with other leaders in the kids yoga community has grown into the longest running kids yoga podcast. Donna Freeman is passionate about all things yoga. She covers a wide variety of topics aimed at highlighting amazing work being done and providing tools and tips for immediate use in your life, classes and work. She is the founder of Yoga In My School and the author of 'Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children.' She can be found on Instagram @DonnaKFreeman. Become a supporter of our show with a donation https://yogainmyschool.com/?p=13405

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October 4, 2021 43 min

Discover the wonderful world of phonics and how to use yoga to teach emergent readers essential language decoding skills.

This episode of the Yoga In My School podcast hosts Hilary Grierson of Bear Foot Yogis based in London, UK. Hilary is passionate about teaching children through play and has developed a kids yoga phonics card deck to do just that. Wondering how phonics cards are different from alphabet cards? Why kinaestetic lear...

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The Saskachewan Indigenous Yoga Association (SIYA) is changing lives as they invite healing and growth through movement and meditation.

In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we chat with Dawn Deguire, co-founder of the Saskatchewan Indigenous Yoga Association. Discover the amazing work happening throughout the province through their yoga teacher training scholarship program and grass roots approach to bringing the healing...

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August 27, 2021 43 min

Initiate change in education through embodied consciousness and freedom. Dive into a new level of self-awareness in learning environments as our amazing guest Abbi Wills, co-founder of Shanti Generation, explores what it means to teach embodiment, student power, and self-compassion in order to facilitate optimal learning and growth.

HIGHLIGHTS
1:53 Intro Abbi Wills
7:08 Sovereign Bodies Learn Here
12:00 Facilitating Optimal Learning
15:...

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Sun Salutations, Half Moon Pose, Star Pose, Moon Salutations, and more invite yogis to look to the skies.
In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest Doreen Foxwell of The Children's School of Yoga shares her creative new Astrology Meets Kids Yoga curriculum. We discuss the impact of the pandemic on her business, following your passions, curriculum writing, acknowledging your kids yoga teachers, and more.
If you are p...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast we explore bringing the joy of music and multiculturalism into your homes, yoga studios and kids yoga classes.

Guest Dan Storper, founder and CEO of Putumayo World Music, shares his love of music and the world. The new Putumayo album Kids Yoga Dreamland is a beautiful compilation of eclectic world melodies to invite relaxation and sleep.

1:30 Intro to Dan Storper and how Putumayo World...

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Are you interested in writing a kids yoga book? Yes? You need to listen to this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast as Susan Rose, newly published author, shares her experience and insight from diving into the process during the Covid pandemic. Fifteen months later she has published two books with a plan for a series. It's been a learning curve from which you can benefit.

Note: There are some audio lags in this recording du...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast the delightfully genuine Jen Berg shares insights and practices on using percussion instruments in kids yoga class. 

Jen is quick to remind me that she is not a professional drummer and that is what makes her the perfect example of following the heart and sharing what you love authentically. She provides 

Highlights include:
2:15 Intro to Jen Berg
4:07 Drumming in kids yoga class
6:54 How...

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April 19, 2021 38 min

Yoga In My School founder Donna Freeman speaks with Andrew Baxter of Teen Mental Health/Mental Health Literacy regarding Mental Health Literacy, resources for mental health for schools/parents, and trends currently happening in youth mental health.

Highlights include:
1:26 Intro to Andrew Baxter
3:26 Mental Health Literacy
6:56 Mental Health Disorders vs Problems
9:10 Propensity for teens to develop Mental Health Disorders
10:35 How yout...

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Discover the current trends and issues in the kids yoga and mindfulness community with Donna Freeman, host of the Yoga In My School podcast, and Lara Hocheiser, founder of Flow and Grow Kids Yoga.

Highlights include:

2:05 Welcome Lara Hocheiser
5:50 Teaching and leading from moments of growth/vulnerability
7:34 Professionalization of the industry
10:00 School yoga programs, expectations and up-leveling
15:30 Youth becoming yoga teachers
1...

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BONUS EPISODE:
Originally this interview was published exclusively on YouTube. We've added it here as a complement to our previous episode, Trauma Informed Yoga with Joanne Spence. We encourage all to receive trauma informed training that we can help heal and support one another in respectful, compassionate ways.

Join Yoga In My School founder Donna Freeman as she chats with David Treleaven about mindfulness, trauma informed prac...

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Donna Freeman, founder of Yoga In My School and host of the podcast, recently sat down and chatted with Joanne Spence about her new book Trauma Informed Yoga (release date March 9. 2021).

Listen to their conversation about trauma, the importance of becoming trauma informed, polyvagal theory and why it's important, and specific tools that everyone/anyone can use to help self regulate. 

Enter to win a copy of her book. Contest runs...

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February 8, 2021 43 min

Welcome to the new world of teaching online. If you wondering how to do well so you've come to the right place.

Laura Mcegan of Divine Light Yoga shares tips on how to effectively teach kids yoga online. Laura brings her wealth of experience and knowledge, providing numerous  ideas of how to maintain attention, engage learners, and leverage virtual tools to achieve dynamic, impactful virtual youth yoga classes.

Highlights Include...

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Cory Sterling is the founder of Conscious Counsel, an online, accessible legal firm dedicated to helping heart centered business owners lead their best lives.

Cory offers on point legal advice that is relevant to every yoga instructor and studio owner. He and host Donna Freeman cover a range of topics from waivers to trademarks and there is even some laughter thrown in. Cory is not your typical lawyer, as he joins the podcast from a...

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In this special episode founder Donna Freeman shares some of the personal and professional challenges from this past year as well as her gift to you for the holiday season.

00:36 Real Talk: impact of Covid-19
2:48 Moving YTT/RCYT online
6:04 Facing challenges with an open heart
7:48 Need for Trauma Informed Training
9:55 My Gift to You: Mindful Advent
13:57 Future of Yoga In My School podcast

Where to find the training and resources menti...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast Jivana Heyman shares insights into accessible yoga in thought and practice. We talk about community, activism, accessibility, service and of course yoga. And yes, we totally geek out on applying the sutras into everyday life. This episode is a little longer than usual and includes so much goodness. Enjoy.

Highlights
0:47 Intro Jivana Heyman
6:05 What is Accessible Yoga
10:30 Learning fro...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast host Donna Freeman chats with Cobb Rogers, co-founder of Yoga Pose. We discuss the journey to creating a universal yoga resource based on ailment, how a live event became a documentary that educates and bridges gaps, partnering with Mental Health America, and the beneficial impact yoga and meditation have on mental health.

Highlights:
1:50 Cobb Rogers introduction and background
5:50 Mo...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast guest Carla Tantillo Philibert of Mindful Practices delves into SEL and the essential practice of POP (Pause, Observe, Practice). We chat about self care for nurturers, the importance of small acts of compassion, and round out our discussion with questions we need to consider as we explore re-entry.

Highlights:
2:06 Welcome Carla Tantillo Philibert
3:14 SEL explained
6:02 How to cultivat...

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The Yoga In My School podcast interviews Incia Palmieri, founder of Once Upon a Mat. We discuss embracing life's journey with grace, tools to promote mindfulness in children, the amazing Calm Me Box, and ways mindfulness can help families navigate the CoVid-19 world.

Highlights:
1:14 Welcome to Incia
6:24 Impact of yoga in the classroom
9:44 Once Upon a Mat
11:02 the Calm Me Box, the idea and reality
13:00 The Rainbow Box (April Sh...

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In this episode of the Yoga In My School podcast host Donna Freeman connects with Dr. Frank Sileo, psychologist and author. We discuss the power of loving kindness meditation, how to make it your own and use it during this particularly challenging time, tools for parents to navigate CoVid-19, and the beauty and power of learning to pause.

Highlights:
2:00 Intro Dr Frank Sileo
4:35 Frank Sileo psychologist and author
7:45 Bentley Bee se...

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March 19, 2020 30 min

This special episode of the Yoga In My School podcast explores how kids yoga leaders and businesses are managing during CoVid-19. Joining host Donna Freeman are guests Lani Rosen-Gallagher (Full of Joy Yoga), Shari Villez-Blatt (Karma Kids Yoga) and Mary Burton (Zensational Kids). They offer frank and personal experiences how they are supporting their communities, undergoing a steep technology learning curve, reaching out to school...

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