Colored Rice Mandalas a Hit at Children’s Festival

Colored Rice Mandalas a Hit at Children’s Festival

What a week! Over 1000 people came through the Mandala Magic site activity over the 5 days of the International Children’s Festival. We used 45 gallons of rice to create hundreds of colorful mandalas.

Many teachers and parents asked how the rice was colored to achieve the bright, vibrant colors. Here is the recipe I used – the secret ingredient is hand sanitizer.

  • 8 cups rice
  • 1/2 bottle food coloring (less for lighter color)
  • 4 Tbsp hand sanitizer

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Spread in rimmed cookie sheet to dry (approx 30-45 mins).

Fostering Positive Behavior and Leadership in Youth

Fostering Positive Behavior and Leadership in Youth

Donna Freeman hosts as Karma Carpenter Shea of leads a discussion about how mindfulness and yoga in schools foster positive behavior and youth leadership skills.

Discover how to develop leadership skills, improve self-regulation and build social emotional skills in children. Teaching mindfulness and yoga skills in schools reaches 100% of kids, as well as teachers, parents and the greater community helping all to live healthier lives, get along better, reduce anxiety and succeed at life’s many challenges.

Special guests include Amy Haysman of Grounded and Susan Solvang of Growing Minds.

Original Air Date: November 29, 2012


For more information about Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) visit

For more information about Response to Intervention (RTI) visit National Center on Response to Intervention

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Yoga Beats Bullying, Teaches Peace

Yoga Beats Bullying, Teaches Peace

Bullying and violence are a major problem in schools and among youth. This special episode will focus on how yoga-based techniques are proving effective in bully proofing our children and classrooms.

Dee Marie, of Calming Kids, will share her ground-breaking program that teaches yoga and conflict management skills to youth giving them the skills needed to be calm and compassionate, strong and resilient. We’ll also discuss the recent Harvard study results of the program. Also joining us will is Cheryl Crawford (Grounded), with the program Quest for Elevation which is used in schools to teach yoga based techniques to combat bullying.

Find out how yoga can empower your children and stop bullying.

Original Air Date: May 22, 2012


Enjoy this Shanti Generation video of teens talking about how yoga helps counter bullying

Yoga in Schools: Turning Research into Effective Programs

Yoga in Schools: Turning Research into Effective Programs

One of the most often asked question for school-based yoga programs is “Does it really work?” The International Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness (IASYM) responds with a resounding “YES!”

Our distinguished panel of quests will discuss some of the current research being conducted and how that research is translated into powerful school-based programs, bringing calm, focus and learning readiness into today’s classrooms. Karma Carpenter, Director of IASYM, Lynda Meeder, Director of YogaKids, Anne Buckley-Reen, OT & founder of Get Ready to Learn, and Cheryl Crawford, founder of Grounded, join us to share their experiences in researching the effects of yoga and mindfulness in schools. Discover how yoga is impacting kids, teachers and administrators through innovative programs proven effective by University research.

Original Air Date: April 25, 2012



Our panel of amazing guests can be found at:

Karma Carpenter



Anne Buckley-Reen



Cheryl Crawford




Lynda Meeder



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