Can children be taught to embody loving kindness? How can teaching children mindful strategies reduce stress and promote a healthy mind? How do the ancient yogic practices teach children to care for themselves and those around them?

What to Expect::

Using energy anatomy & physiology (Chakras & Koshas) and ethical living (Yamas and Niyams) concepts, participants will learn how to apply these ancient yogic practices when to develop yoga activities for children and adults. These activities will help children and youth learn relaxation, self-regulation, strengthen resiliency to stress, better decision making, how to reduce conflict and increased positivity.  Participants will also learn how to engage and motivate young people to embody loving kindness for their own unique needs and those of others.

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Module:: $325


  • Planting the Seeds of Contentment: Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra

    • Explore how restorative and relaxing yoga can help children and adolescence access their bodies and minds creating space for life

    • Learn developmentally appropriate yoga asana and stories to teach when and how to rest in the body and mind.

  • Rooting into Individual Grace for Growth: Body and Mind Meditations

    • Create yoga based activities and breathing techniques

    • Learn how the chakras, koshas and other energy meridians can be applied to instruction for children

  • Growing the World Through Peace, Love and Acts of Kindness: Mindfulness

    • Learn developmentally appropriate activities that promote individual and social mindfulness

    • Learn ways that will help children and youth apply mindful living to everyday activities

Required resources::

Planting Seeds Practicing Mindfulness with Children - Thich Nhat Hnh and the Plum Village Community

Meet Your Teachers:


Melanie Hester B.S, M.ED, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 & RCYT

 Melanie Hester

Melanie Hester

Melanie has taught and worked with children with special needs and their families for over 25 years. Her passion for the healing nature of yoga has fired her interest in merging traditional education with the ancient yogic teachings and practices. Melanie believes that all people, even little ones are unique vibrational beings and yoga allows individuals to explore that inner space where there is a convergence of all potentiality. Melanie teaches workshops for educators on effective practices in the classroom and to help the educators themselves stay centered and available to their students. Melanie’s desire to help others ignites her passion to teach and invites others to find empowerment and healing in their life and to become mindful that each person is a soul with radiant beauty. Blessed by the teachings of Nina Be and Lisa Clark, she teaches yoga with an embodiment of the practice and the potential for the convergence of all possibilities. She is the founder and director of Converging Grace Children’s Yoga Teacher Training and teaches individual and group yoga classes.

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Global Breath Studio
Durham, NC


Fri: 6-9 pm;
Sat: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sun: 7:30 am - 6:30 pm


November 16-18, 2018
February 1-3, 2019

*You must pre-register for modules 2 weeks in advance (space permitting).

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