Yoga & Mindfulness for Kids

Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan. Learning how to cope with adversity is an important part of healthy child development. When we are threatened, our bodies prepare us to respond by increasing our heart rate, blood pressure, and stress hormones, such as cortisol. When a young child’s stress response systems are activated within an environment of supportive relationships with adults, these physiological effects are buffered and brought back down to baseline. The result is the development of healthy stress response systems. Yoga and mindfulness have been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-age children
(ages 6 to 12). Yoga improves balance, strength, endurance, and aerobic capacity in children. Yoga and mindfulness offer psychological benefits for children as well. A growing body of research has already shown that yoga can improve focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance, and classroom behavior, and can even reduce anxiety and stress in children.*

Registered Nurse Dana DeTrizio

Dana Marie DeTrizio, RN, CSN, RYT200, RCYT: Dana Marie DeTrizio, owner of Generation Om Yoga & Mindfulness, is a Pediatric Registered Nurse for nearly 20 years. She is a facilitator in Mindfulness and a Certified Yoga Teacher for children and adults. She is passionate about providing children tools they can access for a lifetime to support them in connecting with themselves, others and the environment. She currently serves as a Certified NJ School Nurse at Hoboken Catholic Academy where she teaches weekly-school based Yoga and Mindfulness classes to students from PreK3-8th grade. When not working as a School Nurse, Dana Marie works as a Pediatric Hospice Nurse for Butterflies of Valley Health Care System. She integrates holistic modalities such as Yoga, Mindfulness, Clinical Aromatherapy and Reiki into her nursing practice with children at the end of life and their bereaved families. Currently, she is enrolled in the R.J. Buckle Clinical Aromatherapy Certification course for Healthcare Professionals. She is an active member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and Yoga Alliance. Dana Marie is a Certified Level II Crystal Healer and Usui Reiki Master. Dana Marie offers private, one on one and small group yoga and mindfulness sessions in combination other integrative healing modalities to children of all ages and their families

*information taken from the Center for the Developing Child, Harvard University and Harvard Health Publishing