youth and yoga

I'm thrilled to be able to deliver yoga and mindfulness programs as an instructor to youth, in professional development to staff and as a consultant for youth program managers. 

Since 2014, I've been delivering outstanding yoga classes and mindfulness mentorship to young persons across in New York City. I've taught in over 15 youth sites and reach over 150 students of all ages each week. This experience makes me sensitive and responsive to the needs of students from all walks of life. My specializations include working with students who experience:

  • A history of trauma
  • Learning disabilities
  • English language learning
  • Attention deficit disorder
  • Poverty
  • Discrimination

I'm committed to equipping students with the tools to take their yoga practice off the mat and into their daily lives. Whether classes are 20 or 90 minutes, in the gym or cafeteria, students learn to (through the Little Flower Yoga model):

  1. Connect to themselves and others around them by sharing stories of growth and reflection.
  2. Breathe as a means to self-regulate and understand what grown-ups mean by “calm down”.
  3. Move to increase their strength, improve flexibility and work towards mastering yoga poses such as crow and headstand.
  4. Focus on one thing at a time in an effort to block out ‘noise’ – both literal and internal.
  5. Relax to nourish the body with rest and develop tools for quality sleep.

Colin has been an amazing addition to the after school program at Computer School. He has an incredible kindness and genuine investment in our students. His versatile facilitation skills directly meet the needs and interests of our students. He works at a pace that is most appropriate for them to truly learn intricate yoga poses and to progress steadily. Most of all, the compassion and dedication he puts into his work is reflected in the skill set our students advance in. He encourages them wholeheartedly and shows extreme pride in their achievements.
— Lexy Nistico - Program Director, The Computer School

myths of the mat

I've heard it all. Yoga is: too easy, boring, only for women or out of reach.

Some examples of where I've overcome students' apprehensions include: 

  • Developing a B.E.S.T (Balance, Energy and Stability Training) program using flashcards featuring prominent African American athletes for a sports-heavy schedule at Boys Club of New York
  • Introducing 15-minute circuits of mindful coloring, listening activities and storytelling to cater to a high needs population at Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School
  • Incorporating paired work into breathing exercises, active listening activities and partner yoga poses to build rapport between new peers at Go Project's summer program, Go Summer

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