Mindfulness For The Real World

My mission is to help young people realize their potential. With the support of community, my work aims to make the tools for self-regulation more accessible, especially in under-served communities so that all children feel connected with and confident in themselves to navigate their unique path. 

 
 

My Story

Sometimes there are two trains of thought among yogis: the highly physical competitive practitioners and those who prioritize meditation and self-realization.  I've walked both paths - and they're not mutually exclusive. 

What does this mean for my students? I like to offer physical challenges, just difficult enough for them to explore their grit and feel a sense of pride and achievement. Simultaneously, I reinforce  the many ways students can incorporate moments of mindfulness in their daily lives.

Read more about me →

 
Colin is amazing on all levels. He is kind, compassionate and encouraging to our students. At the same time, he is excellent at imparting the concepts of discipline and mindfulness. He is a well-rounded instructor and mentor and one of the best teachers I’ve had the pleasure to work with.
— Jamie Paraganos - Program Director, NYC LAB School for Collaborative Studies
 
kids yoga in NYC do legs up the wall
 

51%

of children with four or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) have learning or behavioral problems compared to 3% of those who have zero ACEs.

450,000

student suspensions were given out in New York City between 1999 and 2009 -  doubling from the beginning to the end of that time period. 

29%

of New York City children live in households below the federal poverty guidelines.  

 

The research

 

Harvard University's Center on the Developing Child has found that toxic stress can be a result of poverty, abuse and neglect. Toxic stress is the strong, unrelieved activation of the body’s stress management system in the absence of protective adult support and directly impacts the architecture of a child's brain - affecting their learning, behavior, physical and mental health. 

One effective intervention for those stuck in "fight or flight" mode is yoga and mindfulness. 

Learn more about the research →

 
Kids yoga in nyc high school
 

Reach out

If you're a business looking to donate products to my students, a curious parent or an educator interested in building a mindfulness curriculum - let me know!

Contact me →

Sign up to my newsletter.