Peace Begins with Me
How are you a peaceful warrior? What do you stand for? In this class for kids ages 3-9yrs, Lani sharesRead more.
Why YOU, Yes YOU Should Start a Gratitude Practice
and how a gratitude practice can bring more joy to your life. The definition of gratitude is the quality ofRead more.
How to Create a Mindful Glitter Bottle
This glitter bottle represents how our minds can settle. It is an activity that your kids can use as aRead more.
School to Summer Transitions
This time of year is pretty challenging for some families. School is ending, routines and schedules are changing and theRead more.
Put Down That Cell Phone!
This past weekend we took a vacation to California to see all our west coast friends and celebrate LOVE atRead more.
Mindful Morning Routines
Are you someone who is basically pulling your hair out as you leave the house every morning, attempting to getRead more.
Mindful Bedtime Strategies
Do you struggle every night to get your kid/s to bed at a reasonable hour? Are they delaying every possibleRead more.
Like a Boat in a Storm
Ten years ago on September 25, I gave birth to my first child Silas Orion Gallagher. It is not aRead more.
When Life Hands You Lemons…
There are some disappointments in life, some really HUGE ones, that are tragic and trauma filled. Then there are othersRead more.
Let’s All Be Bored This Summer!
Bored, I’m so bored, bored bored bored. I’m bored to death, audible heavy sigh. Bored bored bored. Is this a commonRead more.
Love Share Meditation
Please enjoy this meditation that begins in your heart and spreads love to others in need.Read more.
Creating a Peace Corner in Your Classroom
How to create a Peace Corner for your classroom.Read more.
In Between Seasons
From Winter to Spring As we head into spring, our bodies and minds are ready for the warmth yet it’sRead more.
Please enjoy this 3 min heart meditation that you and your children can do anytime you want to add aRead more.
Sharing in the Groove
DIY Queen I was a self-professed DIY queen. The first 10 years of my business was spent doing everything. IRead more.
New Intentions, New Year
As the new year begins, people tend to try to fix what they think is wrong with them by declaringRead more.
How Your Presence is the Best Present Ever!
It’s that time of year when when it’s all about buy buy buy and getting more stuff. Here’s are someRead more.
Breathe Your Power
When you think of holidays you think of joyous times, happy memories, family, friends, food & gift giving. But alongRead more.
Hooray! It’s Earth Day!
When I teach the kids about Earth day, we always talk about what it means (being kind to the Earth)Read more.
Love, Love, Love
The month of February is always a great time to teach a little LOVE Yoga. We celebrate what we loveRead more.
So now we’ve moved into the dark, cold heart of winter. It’s here, we can’t do anything about it exceptRead more.
Let Your Light Shine Bright
I am not one to teach the holidays per se, since so many people celebrate so many different holidays hereRead more.
Loving the Leaf – A Fall Lesson Plan
The transition from summer to fall has a lot of personal emotion attached to it BUT it’s hard to denyRead more.
Creating Kind, Giving Children
I grew up with parents who were givers. My dad was always super generous with us, he rarely said noRead more.
Breathing through Transitions
As we transition from summer to fall, from summer break to school, to new schedules, the month of September isRead more.
Back to Life…Back to Reality
This is it, the official end to summer and our regular life begins again. I tend to think of aRead more.
The Very Busy Spider Yoga
The other night, Zephyr picked the book “The Very Busy Spider” by Eric Carle as one of the books forRead more.
Superhero School Kids Yoga
This class has evolved in the most incredibly fun way. I started off with a few superhero poses, and itRead more.
Dinosaur Yoga (Pre-k – K) I am the mom to a 4 year old boy, which means my whole lifeRead more.
Winter Animal Yoga
Winter animals do many things to prepare for the cold. Some of them hibernate, some migrate, while others adapt. IRead more.
in the New Year
Happy new year everyone! What a whirlwind these last few weeks have been! As the year winds down, I loveRead more.
De-Stress your Family with Yoga & Mindfulness During the Holidays!
This time of year is a bit nutty for everyone. Whether you celebrate the holidays or not, its just aRead more.
Yogis and teachers like to teach about gratitude and being thankful this time of year. We create classes and activitiesRead more.
Self Care 101: Stepping Up My Game
If I want to be able to take care of those around me, I’ve realized that I need to takeRead more.
Spooky Haunted House Yoga
This is one of my absolute favorite classes to teach. I hear from kids throughout the year – “Can weRead more.
Yoga with Tweens
I will be the first to admit that this age group used to scare me a bit. Not because IRead more.
Fall Yoga for Kids
The fall yoga for kids lesson is one of our favorites! As the weather goes from hot to just gorgeous,Read more.
FOJY In the News!
This week a sweet little news report aired about me teaching yoga to kids at Alphabet Academy in Hamden, CTRead more.
Summer Sun Yoga
As we near the longest day of the year, and really my absolute FAVORITE time of the year, I loveRead more.
It’s the end of the school year and I’m saying goodbye to loads of kids that I’ve been working withRead more.
Savasana comes from the word Sava in Sanskrit which means corpse, and Asana is posture or seat. Corpse pose is another name forRead more.
Yoga on the Farm
After spending my Memorial Day weekend with friends up in Hadley, MA who live on a lot of farmland, IRead more.
Going with the Flow
I went into a classroom the other day with my own lesson plan in mind and I noticed they wereRead more.
Ahimsa and Self Care
This week has been a particularly challenging one for me. I started the week at a local prep school teachingRead more.
Mother’s Day Yoga
At one of the schools where I teach, every year we do Mother’s Day yoga. It’s my favorite classes ofRead more.
This week was my birthday and I had to teach a bit so I figured I may as well haveRead more.
Sleepytime Yoga: Ideas for a Calmer, More Peaceful Bedtime
Bedtime can be a really tough time for both parents and kids. My 3 1/2 yr old will do everythingRead more.
Spring Garden Yoga
Ah, can you hear the birds chirping with happiness? We can finally see the flowers popping up through the grass.Read more.
Yoga Fun with Props!
After all these years of teaching, I’m working hard to get creative and keep my classes fun and fresh. PropsRead more.
Family Yoga Fun & Ideas
What could possibly be a better way to spend an hour with your family then by doing yoga together? OverRead more.
When thinking about balance, and how to have more of it in my daily life, I decided to read aRead more.
This month my theme is Rainbow yoga. I love when I start a themed class at the beginning of aRead more.
On Being Flexible (and not just in body!)
Yes, I am working on becoming more flexible with my daily yoga practice, but in this post, I’m talking aboutRead more.
Bringing Yoga to the Public School Day
In all these years that I’ve been teaching, one of my main goals has been to bring yoga into theRead more.
Teaching Yoga with Zephyr
I have been practicing yoga for almost 20 years now. I started when I moved to Boston from Miami (whereRead more.
Sharing the LOVE – Through Peace, Joy & Kid’s Yoga Teacher Trainings~
Back in 2006 while I was still living in San Francisco, I had many people ask me if I couldRead more.
Don’t Fear the Preschoolers!
I have been teaching yoga to kids way back since I was a first grade teacher at PS 288 inRead more.
I am Patient…I am Kind
These are 2 of my new affirmation/mantras I’ve been using while on my 40 day meditation challenge. My friend GiselleRead more.
Winter Warmer Sequence
Hi Everyone!As promised, I’m going to share with you a sequence I’ve been doing these last few weeks with theRead more.
The FOJY Blog is Back!
Is this thing on?? Well hello there! It has been quite a while since I’ve written on this blog, butRead more.
Together We Are One
This is the theme and mantra of this collaboration between Team Next Generation Yoga and Africa Yoga Project. I spent theRead more.
Lead The Change
Next June I will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya with a group of yogis to do work that is veryRead more.
Ah, this is a post I’ve been meaning to write all summer long! I love teaching outside and try toRead more.
At Alphabet Academy, one of the preschools I teach at, we decided to celebrate our mom’s in a really funRead more.
Spring has Sprung! (an ode to Earth Day)
Spring is finally in the air – a few times a week at least! We are having sunny days andRead more.
We Can’t Beat Our Feet!
People really have a hard time with feet. It’s no wonder since we spend every day shoving them into socksRead more.
Love is All We Need
I have mixed feelings about a holiday like Valentine’s Day. All the schools do projects and the kids exchange cardsRead more.
All this snow here in CT has definitely affected my teaching. Lots of school cancellations have caused lots of yogaRead more.
Peace in the New Year
When I was a first grade teacher working in the inner city in Brooklyn, teaching about Martin Luther King filledRead more.
Reflecting on a Passing Year
As the year ends, it’s nice to take the time to think about all the good things that happened –Read more.
Warm up the Winter with Sun Salutations
Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) are a great way to warm yourself up as it gets colder out.This is a greatRead more.
Partners Help us Grow
I love teaching partner poses. Partner work builds trust and promotes healthy and safe touch. Kids these days spend soRead more.
Full of Joy Yoga blog returns! (aka, another thankful blog post)
I am back! As you can see, I took a break from blogging – and in all that time, I’veRead more.