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Meet the Bumblebees Guide Leslie
Leslie Weissglass is a RCYT, RYT, as well as a Certified Special Education Teacher. She specializes in sharing yoga and meditation with children of all ages with a variety of learning styles. She uses music, games, and activities to help children focus their minds and stretch their bodies, all while having loads of fun. The Kidding Around Yoga program takes classical yoga and transforms it into an experience for children to both introduce them to yoga along with inspiring them to develop a practice. Leslie is a Licensed Massage Therapist as well as a Reiki and ThetaHealing® practitioner. As a lifelong learner, she continues to learn and grow by studying Thai Yoga, Manual Lymph Drainage Massage, and Aromatherapy. She is a crystal enthusiast with a fascination for the beauty and potential of the natural world. It is her mission to hold space for people of all ages to raise their vibrational energy so that collectively the world becomes a better place.
Kidding Around Yoga, at it’s very essence, is stress management for kids.
Music, games, as well as other tools and activities to help children focus their minds and stretch their bodies, all while having loads of fun. This program uses as system based on the classical study of yoga and transforms it into a\n experience for children to both introduce them to yoga as well as inspire them to develop a practice.
School-based yoga programs are being increasingly implemented across the United States as a result of the evidence produced from research. These programs address stress and anxiety, promote social and emotional learning, and physical and emotional health. These are all basic requirements for readiness to learn and for a positive and healthy school climate.
School-based yoga helps to develop Mind-Body Awareness by training students how to pay attention to the relationship between the two. As a result, students notice the impact of stress on their well-being. This awareness (also known as mindfulness) may lead to changes in behavior. Check out these studies below for more information.
Benavides & Caballero, 2009
Wang & Hagins, 2016
Eastman-Mueller et al., 2013
Self-regulation can refer to our ability to manage our stress, emotions, and behaviors. Research is starting to show that yoga and meditation may help youth manage their stress and mood and behave more positively. Check out these studies below for more information.
Kaley-Isley, Peterson, Fischer, & Peterson, 2010
Miller et al., 2014
Butzer et al., 2015
Schonert-Reichl & Lawlor, 2010
Research suggests that yoga may improve physical fitness in adolescents as well as result in improved respiratory function, increased exercise adherence, and reduced obesity risk factors. An important difference between yoga and mindfulness meditation is that yoga includes physical postures. Essentially, yoga is a practice of “mindfulness in motion” that uses the body to promote awareness of the present moment. Check out these studies below for more information.
Cramer, Lauche, Haller, et al., 2014
Ogden, Carroll, Kit, & Flegal, 2012
Purohit et al., 2016
Liu et al., 2014
Bryan, Pinto, & Parasher, 2011
Recent research suggests that providing educators with training in yoga- and mindfulness-based skills may have several beneficial effects for educators, including increases in calmness, mindfulness, well-being and positive mood, improvements in classroom management, emotional reactivity, stabilized blood pressure, cortisol awakening response, and decreases in mind and body stress. Providing teachers with skills and practices to enhance their own self-care is a crucial step toward improving classroom climate, teacher effectiveness and student outcomes. Check out these studies below for more information.
Harris et al., 2016
Jennings et al., 2013
Kemeny et al., 2012
Nosaka & Okamura, 2015
Schussler et al., 2016
Sharp & Jennings, 2016