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Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for the Classroom: Increase Engagement and Focus, Decrease Anxiety and Dysregulation, Support Academic Success
Yoga & Mindfulness Tools for the Classroom: Increase Engagement and Focus, Decrease Anxiety and Dysregulation, Support Academic Success


When:  Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Imagine your classroom full of calm, yet alert and engaged students with strong self-awareness, and the capacity to navigate challenging and stressful situations thoughtfully and confidently!

In today’s seminar, I will share with you yoga and mindfulness-based tools, which offer proven methods to develop the inner resilience students need to navigate physical, mental and emotional stress, and overcome barriers to learning. I will show you how to bring these practices to your school in a simple and effective way. Yoga and mindfulness will help make your students’ lives healthier, and increase their capacity to learn effectively, handle distraction, manage challenging emotions, self-regulate behavior, and achieve personal and academic success!

This seminar balances practical activities with theory to be taught in the classroom without mats and prior yoga or mindfulness experience:

  • Share simple, powerful 1-5 minute yoga and mindfulness practices in your classroom
  • Learn how yoga and mindfulness impact a child’s brain, and how you can harness this knowledge to help your students thrive
  • Explore strategies for increasing focus and reducing anxiety during test-prep and testing
  • Discover ways to improve classroom climate, maximize the potential of transitions, and minimize dysregulation and disruption
  • Mindfulness practices to support your own capacity for skillful action during challenging student behavior

  1. Communicate the relationship between brain, nervous system, and body, and how yoga and mindfulness can support learning.
  2. Practice yoga and mindfulness activities to use in the classroom safely and effectively.
  3. Implement practices that reduce student anxiety.
  4. Maximize focused engagement in students and teach them to manage distractions.
  5. Support capacity for self-awareness and self-regulation.
  6. Design an improved classroom climate and gain tools for navigating challenging behavior.

Yoga and Mindfulness Support Learning
  • The Brain-Body-Nervous System Relationship
  • Cultivating Student’s Inner Resources of Body, Breath and Mind
  • The Five Elements of Yoga and Mindfulness
    • Connect: Increase present moment awareness of self, others and the environment
    • Breathe: Stabilize energy and emotions, regulate nervous system
    • Move: Increase engagement and boost brain activity
    • Focus: Manage distractions, increase focus and attention capacity
    • Relax: Calm the nervous system and improve energy and classroom climate
Ready to Learn: Set the Stage for Success
  • Enhance Your Classroom Climate
  • Create Mindfulness-Based Routines
  • Manage and Maximize Transitions
Transform Classroom Challenges into Opportunities
  • Navigate Student Anxiety, Stress and Overwhelm in the Classroom
  • Increase Energy and Engagement through movement and breathwork
  • Prepare for Testing and Learn Test-Taking Strategies
  • Manage distractions and strengthen focus through movement and mindfulness practices
Create a Mindful School Culture
  • Mindfully (and Effectively) Respond to Challenging Behavior
  • Accessibility, Inclusivity, and Secularism in School –Based Yoga
  • Reflective Teaching: Become Mindful Educator
  • Reduce Teacher Stress, Avoid Burnout, and Minimize Secondary Trauma


Crystal McCreary, MFA, ERYT-500, RCYT, is an educator and yoga instructor with experience as both a public school classroom teacher and administrator. She has over 10 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness, and is a teacher and lead trainer for Little Flower Yoga. Crystal leads trainings on teaching yoga in K-12 urban schools and participates regularly as a curriculum consultant and lead teacher for research studies on yoga and mindfulness conducted by CUNY-Hunter’s public health department. Having experienced yoga and mindfulness to be extremely effective techniques for cultivating wellness in stress-filled modern life for 18 years, Crystal’s mission is to bring about wellness in underserved communities and combat the toxic stress that too frequently creates barriers to learning, along with significant health challenges. Her teaching is most significantly influenced by the 500-hour YogaWorks Teacher Training program, Jason Crandell, Jason Ray Brown’s Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers & Movement Professionals, Headstand: Yoga in Schools Training, Bent on Learning’s Certification Program for Yoga in Schools, the Mindful Schools training courses, and Little Flower Yoga.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Crystal McCreary has employment relationships with Little Flower Yoga and Bent on Learning. She also maintains a private practice. Ms. McCreary receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Crystal McCreary has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

INDIANA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the American Psychological Association, ASWB or NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation to submit to their state board.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

INDIANA EDUCATORS: 6.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance at this seminar per the Indiana Department of Education standards.

MICHIGAN SCHOOL PERSONNEL & EDUCATORS: An application has been submitted for State Board Continuing Education Units (SB-CEUs) for the face-to-face program only. Those seeking SB-CEUs must attend 100% of the face-to-face seminar in addition to completing an SB-CEU Participant Application Form (available at the seminar) and following sign-in/sign-out procedures as directed at the program. Additionally, participants will be required to complete the MDE evaluation in the Secure Central Registry. Specific instructions will be provided at the seminar.

This activity meets the criteria for a American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Activity PESI, Inc, is an approved provider by the American Psychological Association, which is recognized by the ANCC for behavioral health related activities.

This activity qualifies for 6.25 contact hours.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

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This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

PESI, Inc. Provider #:1062, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6.25 (Clinical) continuing education clock hours for this intermediate course. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

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