Social Emotional Learning from Inside an Ashram

This photo from Guru Ram Das Ashram around 2001 (I'm 2nd from the right)

If you’ve read my bio, you saw that I once lived in an Ashram for six years. The Guru Ram Das Ashram in Toronto to be exact.  It had 16-18 seekers living in one very large house/yoga centre, with more seekers visiting for classes and events every day. The Ashram was an environment where social and emotional learning opportunities were everywhere, some very beautiful and some not easy. Living with that many people in a spiritual setting, you aspire to

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6 Strategies to Protect Children From Troubling Times

Protect Children Through Troubling Times Children are like sponges, absorbing the energy around them. Once they’ve internalized their environment they begin to reflect it back outward. They may not know why they feel afraid or even that what they are feeling is fear. It’s up to us adults to protect kids by creating a healthy emotional environment for them. In times of emotional distress, how can we make ourselves and the children around us feel safe and grounded? The key

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Kids Yoga Lesson Plan: Responsibilty

Responsibility is the Character Development theme for the month of October in our School Board. Do your homework.  Look after your sister.  Be Responsible!  Kids can be so irresponsible when it comes to taking care of their stuff or taking the initiative to get something done.  This month’s theme of responsibility is a topic kids are familiar with. To some, responsibility feels like a burden and being irresponsible is a kind of guilty pleasure.  Others love taking on responsibility and

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