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Thursday, April 30, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you might imagine, I've been hearing from many of you - educators, administrators, counselors - requesting tools to support you in keeping your students active, engaged and stress-free during distance learning. We've also been receiving requests for PD to help ensure a trauma-responsive, community-building re-entry to school in the fall. I've read and listened intently to concerns about student anxiety, engagement challenges and teacher well-being and resilience. These are typical concerns during typical times, but school closures and other changes resulting from the current pandemic have raised stress levels for everyone.

As educators, we know that feeling safe, valued and part of a community are paramount to student success, and that is true now more than ever. Our popular course, Yoga & Mindfulness in the Classroom: Trauma-Informed Tools to Improve Social and Emotional Learning, Student Success and Positive Climate is designed to empower you with simple, accessible 'mindful moments' that are classroom-friendly (for home or office. too), require no prior experience or equipment, and can be integrated easily into distance learning or physical classroom.

The Yoga 4 Classrooms program includes include a mix of standing and chair yoga practices, brain boosting movements, breath exercises, relaxation and visualization, mindfulness activities, creative movement and community-building games to your support students...and your own well-being. 99% of course participants agree that integrating the program in their curriculum has a significantly positive effect on their students and their own personal and professional lives, with many claiming a "transformative impact." Please join me in an upcoming virtual or live learning opportunity!

    Current Training Options

    1) Self-Paced Online Course - In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Month, we're extending the sale! Save 40% when you register by May 15th. School group discounts available.

    2) Live Webcast - 4/29, 5/6, 6/11 or 8/11

    3) In-Person, Live Training - Dover, NH 8/11; Hartford, CT 10/14; Manchester, NH  10/21

    4) School "In-service" Professional Development - Staff training can be presented virtually via a Self-Paced Online Course, Live Webcast, Live Webinar Series, or as a traditional in-person format. Contact us. 

    Trainings Include
    • 6 Engaging Contact Hours
    • Illustrated Workshop Guide
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Post-Training Bonus Resources
    • CEs, PDPs available for a variety of professions 
    • 1-3 Graduate Level Credits also available for educators
    • Eligibility to apply to move on to the Advanced School IMPLEMENT Leader Training
    Other News
    If you've been following along with the Mindful Activity of the Day Series, be sure to watch your inbox for "new" mindful moments!

    And don't forget, the 20% savings on the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards ends April 30th (see below!).

    Click through the links for more info or otherwise let me know if I can support you.

    With peace and positivity,

    Lisa Flynn
    Founder, CEO: 
    Yoga 4 Classrooms

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    A love letter to teachers and students

    Thursday, April 23, 2020

    Hello Friend,

    It always fills my heart to know that a training you've attended or an activity you've practiced from the Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards or the Mindful Activity of the Day Series has been helpful to you and your students. Know that your emails, social comments and words of gratitude are read, absorbed and appreciated. Admittedly, they also help to ease a bit of the "Am I doing enough?" questioning we likely have in common these days. 

    Yesterday, I received an email that started like many others... "I just wanted to reach out and thank you." 

    Great, I thought - a welcome and positive diversion from COVID-19 news. I grabbed a sip of tea and leaned in to continue reading.
    "Your training, your cards, videos, emails, your passionate yet calming voice. You get it...
    ...Everything you do is like a
    love letter to teachers and their students."
    And there it was.

    I sat there watery-eyed and still as I thought about how this teacher's heartfelt words explained...well, everything

    It's all about love. 

    Love is the foundation of Yoga 4 Classrooms, its' mission and my personal intentions. And, it's also the foundation of yours - amazing, dedicated classroom teachers, special educators, ESL teachers, school counselors, administrators, occupational therapists, interventionists, paraprofessionals, specialists, school social workers and other school professionals. We are one and the same. Our passion and hearts drive everything we do.

    We love our students. We want the best for them. Every day.

    That deep and committed love fuels our creativity, innovation and determination, qualities that are proving incredibly helpful during this challenging time. That love enables us to persevere with this distance learning thing, even though it's hard. That love has us checking in with the student we are most concerned about, the one that didn't show up to the Zoom meeting earlier in the day. It ensures we carve out self-care time so that we have the energy to support our students without burning're doing that, right? ;)

    Love gives us the strength and courage to learn new ways of living, teaching and being, inevitably leading to a level of personal and professional growth that couldn't have happened without orders to shelter in place.

    While we can't prevent the discouraging, frustrating and sad moments so many of us are experiencing right now, we can set an intention to keep love at the very center of our hearts and minds. To let love it fuel us as it always has. To help us remember our 'why'. To enable us to notice the tremendous good all around. To remind us that this too shall pass.

    When we invite LOVE to lead the way, we gift ourselves with a powerful compass for navigating unchartered territory with grace.

    ...which in turn supports us in serving our students well - and our families, our communities. You get the picture.

    I'd like to support you with this navigation by inspiring, empowering and fueling you with simple, accessible tools for supporting SEL, resilience, positive climate and well-being, whether distance learning or in your physical classroom, therapy or counseling office. Please join me at one of the upcoming live webcasts sponsored by PESI (4/29, 5/6 or 6/11) or in our self-paced online course (40% off through April 30). Both options are valid for CEs / 6 contact hours for a variety of professions. Educators can also apply to earn 1- 3 graduate level credits.

    I hope you'll accept this love letter from me to you and your students. "See" you soon. ❤️

    With compassion and gratitude,

    Lisa Flynn
    Founder, CEO: 
    Yoga 4 Classrooms

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