About Learning from the Heart
Learning from the Heart started in 2005, with a conversation, with an extraordinary mother and her son. Diagnosed with Autism, this boy's reading program at school consisted of sitting in a corner and pretending to read; he was in fourth grade. This mother asked me to figure out how to help him read; she was not going to take this lying down. I watched her son rocking on the floor while trying to figure out how to read what was in front of him. At one point, he put his book down and looked into my eyes. We were communicating with our hearts. I told his mother that I did not know how we would teach him to read yet, but I believed in him. He grew into a voracious reader because his mother and I humbly learned together, from our hearts.
I continue to meet with students 1:1, along with their families, as there is nothing that is more effective for meeting the needs of a child. Back then, most requests were for academic help. But more and more, I see students for anxiety as well. I address the anxiety first; when emotional needs are addressed first, academic success is easier.
Anxiety and trauma are common now for children and teens. If it is not dealt with in its early stages, it can become debilitating. In 2016, I began to teach and research what has evolved into the Kundalini Yoga Therapy Protocol for Anxiety with 6-8 grade students in an inner-city public middle school. Part of the success of this approach is that we meet during the school day. It also helps that students can take the 8-week program as often as they would like. I have great respect for my students and the staff at this school. I learn just as much from them, as they do from the teachings of Kundalini Yoga.
In 2018, I began to teach yoga with elementary students in their after-school program. Although we do yoga and meditation together, and when possible, academics, much of our time together is therapeutic. Most of us have experienced birth trauma and the fear of loss. Much of life is a reverberation of what has not been honestly addressed with these aspects of our lives. Unlike adults, who often have layers of emotional congestion to work with during movement therapy, children experience movement therapy as play. They laugh, they are supportive, and they are authentic with each other. To me, there is nothing more sacred than seeing a human being contained within the truth of their own power by simply being themselves with others.
In 2019, I intend to create Kundalini Yoga Therapy meditation videos, with and for children and teens, that are freely accessible online. Nothing takes the place of consistent, effective therapy, but when that is not available to a child or teen in need, these videos can make a difference. I intend to spread the news about these videos through school assemblies, parent programs, and staff development.
PTSD is becoming common now for children and teens, especially in high-risk, impoverished communities lacking adequate resources. By 2020, I intend to begin teaching and researching the Kundalini Yoga Therapy Protocol for PTSD for children and teens.
I am committed to bringing Kundalini Yoga Therapy, as a treatment modality, into schools, just as other methods, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech pathology, have been integrated in the recent past. I am committed to teaching Kundalini Yoga and Meditation to those with chronic illness, such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, as well as those diagnosed with disabilities, such as autism, dyslexia, and ADHD. I am also committed to providing specialized training for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with children, teens, and families in need.
I believe in our children and teens, and the future ahead of them. These precious beings are bright, genuine, and resilient. When they practice applying effective tools for self-empowerment in their lives, they are unstoppable.