Kathy Flaminio, MSW, RYT
[email protected] * www.1000-petals.com
c. 651-373-1352
Yoga Calm: An Integrated
Approach to Wellness
What I will cover today
 Definition
 Stress
 Tools
of Mindfulness and Yoga Based Movement
and its’ impact on learning
and Processes for children/teens
Breathing Techniques used for self calming
 Setting
 Self
up a therapeutic environment
+ Experience
Connection Through Breath
Hoberman’s Sphere
“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to
which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”
- Hermann Hesse
How it came to be.
Is a condition of hyper arousal of the central nervous system
in response to fear or stress
Anxiety symptoms in children/teens can range from typical,
developmental appropriate systems of worry or fearfulness
to the severe systems of anxiety disorders
Behaviors that children my exhibit- agitation, combative
behavior, rapid breathing, hyper vigilance, trembling, pale,
clammy skin, shut down, avoidance
Fight or flight, freeze and withdraw
 Depression
is an illness of the central nervous
system that often leads to mood changes, sleep
and energy changes and changes in thinking
Depression often impacts relationships,
academic/work performance, self concept and
view of the world
 Three
mood changes associated with depression
include sadness, irritability and lack of joy
Maslow’s Hierarchy of
Developmental Needs
 Physiological-Food, water, shelter, warmth
 Safety-Security, Stability, Order, Freedom
 Belonging
from Fear
and Love-Family, Friends
 Self-Esteem-Self-Worth, Confidence, Recognition
 Self
Actualization-Education, Motivation, Creativity
+ Yoga Means Union of:
Emotional Strength
Physical Strength
Mental Strength
+ What Prohibits Learning?
Source: Yoga Calm® Jim & Lynea Gillen
Breathing Inquiry
Principles of Yoga Breathing
 Breathe
in and out through your nose
 Longer
inhalations energize the body and mind
 Longer
exhalations calm the mind
 Deep
even breathing creates relaxed alertness,
ideal for learning
+ Emotional Triggers and Physical
Extreme resistance to particular poses
 Holding
a part of the body overly still or in an unnatural way
 Holding
the breath
 Rigid
approach to poses
 Unwillingness
 Gazed
to participate in relaxation poses
or distant look in the eyes, gazed upwards
 Extreme
silliness, agitation and inability to follow directions
Source: Jim & Lynea Gillen
+ Selecting Interventions
 Be
matter of fact
 Define
 Slow
down the yoga movement
 Allow
student to come into relaxation pose
 Switch
 Use
 Use
the trigger
to a different pose
the group to strengthen, let it go box
relaxation story for healing
Source: Jim & Lynea Gillen
Yoga Calm Routines
 Take
a Breath Chair-to calm and regulate the body
Hoberman Sphere-8-10 breaths
Pulse Count(before and after)
Volcano breath
Forward Fold
Chair dog
Child’s Pose
 Poses
to Focus:
Hoberman Sphere
Forehead on desk-6 breathes
“We must allow children to experience the
inner and outer world. Allow them to
experience rest and beauty and begin to
believe in the world as a peaceful and
loving place.”

Yoga Calm®: An Integrated Approach to Wellness