Ivy Child International Launches Yoga and Mindfulness Program

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Beyond the “Downward Dog”: Imbibing Positive Life Skills On & Off the Yoga Mat, Ivy Child International launches its yoga & mindfulness program to teach kids joy of movement, empathy, and self-awareness to combat aggression and stress.

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Equipping children with coping skills to weather through the seasons of life while laying the foundation for their development is what we at Ivy Child International believe will make a sustaining difference.

Ivy Child International (ICI), a nonprofit that practices cross-cultural positive psychology to help children, families, and communities across the globe, is launching its kids yoga and mindfulness curriculum in January 2012. The inaugural presentation of the curriculum will be a 16-week certificate program at SALMON Center for Early Education, Worcester, MA for children ages three to five beginning January 23. Classes will be held for an hour every Monday morning.

The curriculum strives to foster joy of movement and togetherness, enhance imagination and empathy, and cultivate self-awareness among children of diverse backgrounds, developmental needs, and learning styles. Here is a preview of the warm-up exercises and yoga poses.

“As a parent and child specialist, I designed this specific yoga program in response to the increase in reported incidents of aggression, anxiety, and depression among young children. Equipping children with coping skills to weather through the seasons of life while laying the foundation for their development is what we at Ivy Child International believe will make a sustaining difference,” states Rose Pavlov, founder of Ivy Child International.

ICI designed this curriculum originally for pediatric cancer patients - derived from research supporting the benefits of the integration of yoga and mindfulness into existing courses of treatment. Ivy Child International is forming partnerships with hospitals in Massachusetts and beyond to implement the curriculum in those facilities in mid-2012.

This is the first installment of the Ivy Star Certificate Series premier programs to be launched in 2012. The other two programs focus on bullying prevention and multicultural education to cultivate compassion and cross-cultural understanding in schools, afterschool programs, and community centers.

To schedule an interview with Rose Pavlov, please e-mail: rpavlov(at)ivychild(dot)org.

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