I Am Peace with Author Susan Verde

I Am Peace with Author Susan Verde

We are thrilled to share with you the new I Am Peace by Susan Verde. Susan recently found time to chat with us about the book.

I Am Peace invites all to calm our busy minds by focusing on the here and now. With touching illustrations by Peter H. Reynolds I Am Peace shows a variety of ways to connect with self, nature and others through compassionate awareness.This empowering book provides children numerous mindfulness tools they can use to calm down and the peace that comes from enjoying simple pleasures.

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Mindful Essentials for Educators and Students

Mindful Essentials for Educators and Students

 Mindful Essentials

 helps students and educators handle the stress of modern life through mindfulness, movement, neuroscience and positive psychology.

Mindful Essentials for Educators

Bring Mindful Essentials to your staff

Empower your staff with tools that help students to calm down, self regulate and manage stress. Discover easy to implement and highly effective tools and strategies to reduce stress, promote well-being and produce positive school outcomes. We offer in-person and virtual video conferencing workshops making it convenient and easy to learn and implement Mindful Essentials into your organization. World wide service available.

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Mindful Essentials Classroom Sessions

Bring Mindful Essentials to your students

mindful-essentials-5-elementsEach session of Mindful Essentials incorporates mindfulness tools in a straight forward and intentional way using five elements

  • Breathe
  • Connect
  • Affirm
  • Stretch
  • Relax

These elements teach fundamental life skills which can be immediately applied into daily life to help manage the stress of modern life.

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Mindful Essentials Objectives



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Fostering Relaxation and Calm in Children with Carolyn Clarke

Fostering Relaxation and Calm in Children with Carolyn Clarke

Having just released her third volumn of guided relaxations for children, Imaginations 3, Carolyn Clarke shares tips of fostering relaxation and calm in children. Her Imagination series of beautifully crafted, child friendly scripts offer parents, teachers, kids yoga instructors and more a wealth of resources to use with children.

We’ll get the background on the inspiration for the visualizations, how the art is created and tips to create a conducive environment for inviting calm.

In our hurried and over programmed world relaxation is a gift which we all need. Share it this holiday season with those you love.



12 Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness

12 Benefits of Yoga and Mindfulness

The benefits of yoga and mindfulness are far reaching. More than improving flexibility and strength, yoga and mindfulness impact the social, emotional, mental and physical health of everyone who practices. So give it a try. Get on your mat, take a deep breath, and take advantage of the many benefits of yoga and mindfulness.


Yoga 4 Classrooms compiles a RESEARCH REPOSITORY – a FREE compilation of peer reviewed published studies and research review articles regarding yoga and mindfulness for youth.

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Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation

The world needs more love, compassion and understanding.

Metta is a Pali word meaning Loving Kindness.  This is a simple yet profound practice which directs our intentions to wishing ourselves and others happiness and peace. Loving Kindness Meditation helps us understand that all beings deserve compassion.  I always use this meditation during February to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Loving Kindness Metta Meditation (length 5:35)


We love teaching the magic of mindfulness to kids and teens. It’s easy and amazingly effective. Learn how.

Metta Mindfulness for Thanksgiving

Metta Mindfulness for Thanksgiving

This holiday season cultivate a sense of gratitude and loving kindness with this quick metta mindfulness practice.

  1. Close your eyes, take a couple slow deep breaths
  2. Imagine someone who is loving and kind – a friend, relative, pet, teacher, spiritual leader, mentor
  3. Take a moment to bring their image to mind and feel as if you are looking into their eyes
  4. Imagine that person saying to you “May you be happy. May you be healthy, May you be safe. May you be happy.” (You can use your own words or aspirations)
  5. Now say the same words back to that person with feeling and intention
  6. Now imagine your family or those who you will spend the holidays with, some of which you may not always get along. Wish them well using these same words.

Allow these words and the feeling behind them to resonate within you. Take your time. Invite gratitude and loving kindness to grow within your heart and mind.

Enjoy your holidays with a greater sense of thanksgiving and love for all.


Find more kids yoga resources for THANKSGIVING and HOLIDAY YOGA

Inspiring Yoga and Meditation Quotes

Inspiring Yoga and Meditation Quotes

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration to guide our lives, our thoughts, our yoga and meditation practice. I’ve collected inspiring messages and quotes for as long as I can remember, posting them inside my school locker, writing them in my personal journal and using them to direct my yoga classes. I trust you will enjoy this collection. You may also want to check out our Inspiring Words Pinterest Page.


  1. “Our bodies are our gardens—our wills are our gardeners.“ Shakespeare
  2. “He who has health has hope and he who has hope has everything.“ Arabian Proverb
  3. “The gift of learning to meditate is the greatest gift you can give yourself in this lifetime.“ Sogyal Rinpoche
  4. “Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly.” ProverbThe end of all our    exploring will be
  5. “Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I cam changing myself.” Rumi
  6. “The attitude of gratitude is the highest yoga.” Yogi Bhajan
  7. “The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” Plato
  8. “You can’t lead anyone else further than you have gone yourself.” Gene Mauch
  9. “You only lose what you cling to.” Siddhārtha Gautama Buddha
  10. “The quieter you become the more you are able to hear.” Rumi
  11. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer
  12. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” Eleanor Roosevelt
  13. “Do not ask for less responsibility to be free and relaxed—ask for more strength!“ Shengyan
  14. “The creation of a thousand forest is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
  15. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” Jason Crandell
  16. “We don’t realize that, somewhere within us all, there does exist a supreme self who is eternally at peace.” Eat, Pray, Love
  17. “The most important pieces of equipment you need for doing yoga are your body and your mind.“ Rodney Yee
  18. “Your problem isn’t the problem. Your reaction is the problem.” Anonymous
  19. “Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” BKS Iyengar
  20. “Yoga is the fountain of youth. You’re only as young as your spine is flexible.” Bob Harper
  21. “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” Anonymous
  22. “The beauty is that people often come here for the stretch, and leave with a lot more” Liza Ciano“The noblest of ideas have always been
  23. “Don’t just do something—sit there!” Unknown Yoga Quote
  24. “The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it.” Thich Nhat Hanh
  25. “Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.“ Krishnamacharya
  26. “Don’t waste a good mistake. Learn from it.” Robert Kiyosaki
  27. “Yoga is invigoration in relaxation. Freedom in routine. Confidence through self control. Energy within and energy without.” Ymber Delecto
  28. “Whenever you see a successful person you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them.” Vaibhav Shah
  29. “What seems to us as bitter trials are often blessings in disguise.” Oscar Wilde
  30. “Yoga has a sly, clever way of short circuiting the mental patterns that cause anxiety.” Baxter Bal
  31. “You can do anything, but not everything. Anonymous
  32. “Yoga is the perfect opportunity to be curious about who you are.” Jason Crandell
  33. “Through meditation and by giving full attention to one thing at a time, we can learn to direct attention where we choose.” Eknath Easwaran
  34. “Do not speak unless it improves on silence.” Buddhist proverb
  35. “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” The Bhagavad Gita
  36. “Each morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” Buddha
  37. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” Robert Collier
  38. “Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Continue to learn. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.” Mary Radmacher
  39. “Happiness is a state of inner fulfillment, not the gratification of inexhaustible desires for outward things.” Matthieu Ricard
  40. “Choose to be optimistic, it feels better.” Dalai Lama
  41. “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, create the symphony of life.” BKS Iyengarinspiring quotes
  42. “Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live. “ Jim Rohn
  43. “The yoga pose that you avoid the most you need the most.” Anonymous
  44. “Take the time to just do nothing. It will open up a completely new world of insight for you.” Scott Shaw
  45. “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” Michael John Bobak
  46. “Intelligence comes into being when the mind, the heart and the body are really harmonious.” J Krishnamurti
  47. “In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you.” Deepak Chopra
  48. “Make the driving force in your life love.” Dr. Oz
  49. “Happiness is an inside job.” William Arthur Ward
  50. “Meditation is to be aware of every thought and of every feeling, never to say it is right or wrong, but just to watch it and to move with it.” Krishnamurti
  51. “Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck
  52. “Do not feel lonely, the entire universe is inside you.” Rumi
  53. “Suffering usually relates to wanting things to be different from the way they are.” Allan Lokos
  54. “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” Jim Ryun
  55. “Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; hate less, love more; and all good things are yours.” Swedish Proverb
  56. “Silence is not silent. Silence speaks. It speaks most eloquently. Silence is not still. Silence leads. It leads most perfectly.” Sri Chinmoy
  57. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee
  58. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Gautama Buddha
  59. “Yoga is almost like music in a way; there’s no end to it.” Sting
  60. “Even if things don’t unfold the way you expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.” Daisaku Ikeda
  61. “We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.” Hermann Hesse
  62. “Creating space frees the spirit to bring in what it truly desires.” Deb Reble
  63. “Don’t move the way fear makes you move. Move the way love makes you move. Move the way joy makes you move.” Osho
  64. “She was unstoppable, not because she did not have failures and doubts, but because she continued on despite of them.” Beau Toplin
  65. “Surely there is something in the unruffled calm of nature that overawes our little anxieties and doubts; the sight of the deep blue sky and the clustering stars above seems to impart a quiet tot he mind.” Tryon Edwards
  66. “Therefore, it is good advice to slow down a little, steady the course, and focus on the essentials when experiencing adverse conditions.” Deiter F. Uchtdorf
  67. “Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul to another.”George Elliot
  68. “The way to love anything is to realize that it might be lost.” G.K. Chesterton
  69. “Life is meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.” Eleanor Roosevelt
  70. “Nothing ever is, but is always becoming.” Plato

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