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Peaceful Generation Now @Nanda

Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda

“To cultivate the healing power of mindfulness requires much more than mechanically following a recipe or a set of instructions. Now real process of learning is like that. It is only when the MIND IS OPEN and RECEPTIVE that learning and seeing and change can occur. In practicing mindfulness, you will have to bring your whole being to the process.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn


 Our mission is to offer yoga and mindfulness programs to teach children and adults mindfulness through play, practice, sharing, and applying what they are learning into daily life. The Mindful practice cultivates attention, emotional balance, compassion and resilience in the face of daily stress. Our faculty comes equipped with over 30 years of combined experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to children and adults. Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda provides individuals and school districts seeking to integrate mindfulness in the daily life of children across settings.
 Yoga-Nanda is one of the only schools on Long Island to offer its own Yoga Alliance-approved specialty children’s yoga teacher training, researched and written by Sharon Persky and Mary Clare Chiofalo–both E-RYT’s and RCYT certified instructors with over two decades of teaching experience between them. The Children’s yoga teaching training infuses mindful practices in the physical practice for students ranging from preschool to high school.

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 Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda In-School Program

 Who are we?

 Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda is a local community full service Yoga & Mindfulness program that promotes a way of being uniquely present.  It is an open-minded, open hearted exploration for teachers, students, administrators and parents. Using the 5 mindful literacies to cross-reference, support and enhance SEL, Common Core and IB Curriculum already in place in the schools, the program addresses the physical body mind, heart, interpersonal relationships and connection globally with the world around us.

Why Yoga and Mindfulness in the Schools?

“Our bodies change our minds, and our minds can change our behavior, and our behavior can change our outcomes.”

                                                                        Amy Cuddy, TED Talk 2014

Integrating mindfulness into schools will create space for healthy, safe, and a ready to learn environment. When the teacher and the child are relaxed, the real learning begins in the classroom. Mindfulness practiced in an authentic heartfelt way empowers students with life skills, how to pay attention, compassion for oneself and others, reframing and gratitude, quieting the mind and self-regulation when faced with the daily stress of modern life.

Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda will cover mindfulness techniques in the following areas for educators and students to:

  • PHYSICAL    Learn how to interpret external information through the senses and how it connects to the body, and quiet the mind.
  • MENTAL       Learn how the brain works and positive effects of awareness, focus, concentration, and acceptance.
  • EMOTIONAL Learn the language of the heart and techniques including caring, empathy, gratitude, and self-love.
  • SOCIAL          Learn the importance of extending understanding toward others and their perspectives, as well as exploring open-mindedness, connection, clarity, and appreciation.
  • GLOBAL       Learn practices to connect cause and effect to the world around us.

Yoga & Mindfulness Practice for Students Pre-K-12

With so much emphasis placed on the academic portion of school, our in-school yoga and mindfulness program is designed to nurture the whole child. Our philosophy is to build a strong container before it is filled with academic learning. The 25-week program reflects our commitment to supporting the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of students so that they can function better, both in and out of the classroom. The program includes neutral language accessible to children and adults of all backgrounds, and it overlaps effortlessly with the Common Core, IB Learner Profile, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum. so it supports the academic objectives of the individual school.

Leading researchers in the field of mindfulness education in schools agree that training teachers is a key component to integrate a mindfulness program that promotes students’ social, emotional and academic learning in a comprehensive, systemic, schoolwide approach.

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Create a new experience by exploring shapes and movements of the body. Notice what it is like to feel the breath move through the body. Notice how the body feels in different poses. Learn to
exert more control over the body and mind through games, movement and breath exercises.  
Learn to connect the awareness of feelings and the effect on the somatic body and the mind. Develop a gratitude practice by learning reframing skills. Learn about empathy and compassion and discuss ways to be compassion-
ate to oneself and others in a yoga practice.
Apply the experiences the body, mind and emotions to the importance of relationships in home, school and beyond;
Learn to identify assumptions & judgements and others perspectives,
create space for acceptance.
Build upon the awareness of community, learn to recognize how an individual’s thoughts, actions and words affect the world.  Global awareness explores the idea that everyone is connected to a bigger picture and with that comes responsibility and accountability.

* Abridged versions of the program are available upon request

Program Outcomes:
After Completing Our Program, Students Will:

  • Understand how their brain works and how that affects their choices in decision making.
  • Acquire tools for calming and self-regulation.
  • Learn the connection between thoughts and how they physically feel in the body.
  • Learn to identify their assumptions and judgements and creating space for empathy and compassion for them and others.
  • Analyze how their words, thoughts and actions affect themselves, the community and the world.

Yoga & Mindfulness for the Educator in-Schools

Mindfulness is simply paying attention in the present moment, with kindness and curiosity and responding rather than reacting to the circumstances. The Participants will explore the practice, as a means of self-care.  Through this process teachers will develop an understanding of ways to decrease stress, and have tools to establish positive changes that will increase overall health and wellness.

 After the educator training is complete and they have tools for their own well-being, there will be a training for creative translation from their own personal experience into age appropriate mindful moments for the children in their classes.

 The program is eight sessions (two the first week and one every week there after). The sessions vary in time from 40 to 90 minute per class depending on the setting and class size. Adult class size will range from eight to thirty participants.

 Training consists of both formal practice (body scan, mindful sitting, eating, and walking exercise) and informal practice (focusing attention, attending to the present moment, choosing responses to everyday events). The training includes hatha yoga movement that is accessible for everyone to enhance mindful awareness and verbal communication.

  • Introduction to Yoga & Mindfulness
    • Provide an experience of mindfulness
    • Review benefits of yoga and mindfulness
    • Finding the time for Mindfulness
    • 5 Literacies of Mindfulness
    • Setting Intentions
    • Answer questions

  • Class 1 Introduction to the Mindfulness Literacy Exercises
    • Physical- Releasing tension in the body via breath and movement
    • Mental- Building Attention Muscles
    • Emotional- Self Compassion
    • Social- Opening to Empathy
    • Global- Open Awareness
  • Class 2 Mindful Teaching Tools
    • Showing up- Being Present
    • Creating Safe Space
    • Reframing obstacles into opportunities
    • Being Authentic
    • Compassion
    • Students are our greatest teachers
    • Invitational language
  • Class 3 Engaging our Students
    • Mindful practices for K- 2
    • Mindful practices for 3rd-5th
    • Mindful practices for 6th – 8th
    • Mindful practices for 9th – 12th
  • Class 4 Inquiring Minds
    • Learning about assumptions
    • Learning about perspectives other than our own
    • Examine thoughts and feelings associated with unpleasant experiences
    • Explore perceptions and filters
  • Class 5 Trauma-Informed Teaching
    • What is childhood trauma?
    • Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs
    • Community, Age Related and Academic stressors
    • How do stressors affect social, emotional and academic capabilities?
    • How to be mindful of stressors
  • Class 6 Learning Objectives
    • Executive Functioning
    • Emotional Self-Regulation Quieting
    • Metacognition
    • Focus
    • Connecting
    • Caring
    • Reframing
    • Seeing
    • Open mindedness
    • Resilience
  • Class 7 Lesson Planning
    • Lesson plans for each of the 5 Literacies
    • Stress Check
    • Mindful Test Prep

Program Outcomes:
After Completing Our Program, Educators Will:

  • Have a clear understanding of mindfulness & mindfulness practices
  • Have the ability to introduce mindfulness into any subject
  • Learn to apply mindfulness techniques to their own teaching and lives outside of the classroom
  • Create a safe mindful space in the classroom
  • Integrate reframing techniques when facing obstacles
  • Understanding the connection between stress and anxiety and the effects on learning
  • Co-regulate with students during meltdowns and power struggles

 Educator Integration

It is important to frame mindfulness not as another curriculum teachers and administrators must buy into but as a means of self-care and a way of living. Mindfulness can be integrated into any class, any school, and any curriculum. In the same way that stretching and physical training are necessary for every sport, mindfulness and emotional intelligence are foundational skills for all school subjects and life pursuits. Here we explore some ways that mindfulness can be infused into the everyday classroom experience.

  • Creating Mindful Moments for the classroom
    • Starting the day/dropping in
    • Transitions between subjects and changing classrooms
    • Short, mindful bursts throughout the day
    • Ending the day/sharing circle
    • Co-Regulation
    • Identifying energy in the classroom and how to rein it in mindfully
    • Creating mindful spaces
  • Support & Follow-up
    • Mindful Teacher Trainers can push into classrooms to support the educator’s integration process, by demonstration, observation and feedback.
    • Create a self-sustaining mindfulness movement where educators and even students are empowered to promote their own social and emotional well-being
  • Creating Assessments for Executive Function
    • Pre-Test-Base Test
    • Post Test
    • Follow-up testing, 6 months, 12, months
  • Across Spaces and Places
    • Extended care programs
    • Local Organizations- Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts

Jon Kabat-Zinn “Through mindfulness we are able to connect to our own being, it is a guide to how to walk in the world, the greatest hope for the planet is mindful education in the schools”.

Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda
Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Training Program
95 Hour Yoga Alliance RCYT Certification

Does your daily life involve being present with children? Would you like to incorporate yoga & mindfulness tools to enhance your interaction with them? Perhaps you are an adult yoga teacher looking to take on kids’ classes, or start your own children’s yoga business. Maybe you are a parent or caretaker of children, whatever the designation, if your desire is to contribute to the health and wellness of children, this training is intended to provide a toolbox that will accomplish these goals. Join like-minded students in this wonderful journey of learning how to teach yoga & mindfulness to children, and enroll in our light hearted, playful training.

Students will have the opportunity to take either specific parts of our training program for continuing education credits, or take the full 95-hour certified program.  In order to receive the RCYT designation from Yoga Alliance and be listed on their registry, a graduate must have completed a 200-hour level yoga alliance certified teacher training and teach 30 hours of children’s classes post-graduation from the program.

Peaceful Generation Now training requirements includes taking all 4 modules, plus mentoring, in class practicum teaching time and homework. For the full training, you will be paired with a mentor who will help you attain deeper insight and experience teaching yoga to children. Our modules are as follows:

  • Module 1 The Fundamentals of Children’s Yoga: Teaching to the mind, body and spirit on their level
    • Creating safe spaces and boundaries
    • Understanding yoga’s impact on growing brains and the nervous system
    • Introduction to age appropriate yoga asana, mindfulness and meditation techniques
    • Teaching children’s yoga in the age of overindulgence and overstimulation
    • Modifying classes for different age groups
  • Module 2 Pre-School & K – 5th Grade
    • Structuring class for the littlest yogis
    • Communicating yoga principles on their level
    • Using games and songs to familiarize children with yoga
    • Practicing meditation and mindfulness for short attention spans
    • Introducing the concept of self-regulation
  • Module 3 Tweens & Teens
    • Transitioning yoga practice game segments to more traditional class
    • Discussing the philosophy of yoga in a more conscious way
    • Working with breath as a means for mindfulness and meditation
    • Using and mastering yoga as a means of self-regulation
    • Creating personal yoga and meditation/mindfulness practices
    • Understanding the impact of one’s actions socially and globally
  • Module 4 Trauma and Mindfulness
    • Discussing the obstacles many children and young adults face
    • The importance of mindfulness techniques in the modern world
    • Deeper discussions of yoga and social and global responsibility
    • What is childhood trauma and how it shows up in a class
    • Resources for addressing trauma in the classroom
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Peaceful Generation Now@Nanda
Children’s Yoga and Mindfulness
Continuing Education Credits

Begin your own personal journey into mindfulness as a means to support yourself and your students. Whether you are a yoga teacher interested in teaching children, an educator, pediatric therapist, parent, or caretaker, our one day workshops will provide you with activities and games to help your kids in a profound way. Learn quick tips for helping them focus, increase or decrease their energy levels, and provide more tools for self-regulation.  Check training schedule for upcoming workshops.

Core Faculty Biographies

Cara Stone, Studio Owner, RYT-200
Cara started her yogic journey in 2011 when Yoga Nanda opened its doors with the first studio location in Garden City. With a clear mission to build a yoga community through physical, emotional, and spiritual self-realization, she has cultivated an environment that unites individuals with the larger collective in compassion and service. Nanda now has a trilogy of locations and participates in a multitude of community outreach programs.

Cara is also a founding member of a volunteer philanthropic coalition called One Love Long Island that brings together 20 studios annually from all over Long Island to raise awareness and funds to support survivors of human trafficking. As a result, she has forged extensive resources in the industry. Yoga Nanda maintains the most senior; best known & trained yoga instructors in the region.  Our instructors are all Yoga Alliance Certified and possess a thorough knowledge of the practice for the body, mind & soul. We cultivate a strong, articulate, professional attitude as well as an inspirational and nurturing environment.

Sharon Persky E-RYT500, RCYT, RPP Yoga & Mindfulness Educator

After receiving her BA in Early childhood with concentration and minor in dance & psychology from SUNY @ Buffalo, Sharon found her passion for teaching children when she introduced yoga & mindfulness as a new specialty at summer camp in 2009. Her education was in perfect alignment with the work of her heart. Sharon’s yoga journey was started by her commitment to creating a safe and fun practice for children and continued into her education to teach adult classes.  She has teaching certificates from, Karma Kids Inc., Zensational Kids, and Mission Be. She received her RYT 200 & 500, and 800-hr Polarity Therapy training from Yoga Polarity Center in Malverne, NY. Sharon has also co-authored and teaches a 95-hour Children’s specialty yoga & mindfulness teacher training.

Mary Clare Chiofalo,  E-RYT500, RCYT, RPP Yoga & Mindfulness Educator

MaryClare is a Registered Polarity Practitioner (RPP) as well as a e-500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She also has her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from NYU, Stern School of Business. For as long as MaryClare has taught yoga, she has taught children as well as adults. When her own children were born, she saw the need to implement the principles of yoga and mindfulness into the greater world.

Tatiana Forero Puerta,  E-RYT500

Tatiana is an author, speaker, educator, and yoga instructor. Her most recent book, Yoga for the Wounded Heart (Lantern, 2018), explores the power of yoga philosophy and mindfulness practices on healing our emotional wounds. Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Tatiana is a graduate of Stanford and New York universities, and a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Tatiana has taught philosophy and yoga for a decade including her post as an adjunct faculty member at New York University and the City University of New York. As an educator, she has worked with students for over thirteen years. She lives, writes, and teaches in NY.