About This Blog

The Yoga Calm® Blog is an informal companion to our main site, yogacalm.org – a place for sharing information about yoga for kids and yoga in the classroom; tips for using Yoga Calm; stories of Yoga Calm in practice from the teachers, counselors and others who use it; and, of course, news about the program, new workshops, teaching tools and the like.

Lynea and I encourage you to use the comments to let us know your own experiences with Yoga Calm – how you’ve used it, the results you’ve seen, the challenges and the blessings that come with helping children learn how to develop healthy life choices and skills. For your input not only helps us in continually improving Yoga Calm; it also helps others – not just those who are using Yoga Calm but those just now thinking about using yoga-based activities in their work with kids.

If you’d like to contact us directly, you can e-mail us at info-at-yogacalm-dot-org.


Jim and Lynea Gillen

Lynea Gillen, MS, is the cofounder of Yoga Calm, a school counselor in Estacada, Oregon, a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200), and an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University. She has been practicing yoga since 1973 and has over 30 years of experience as a schoolteacher and counselor. Lynea holds a master of science degree in counseling in education from Portland State University and is coauthor of Yoga Calm for Children: Educating Heart, Mind, and Body. To date, she has trained hundreds of school teachers, yoga teachers, parents, and counselors in Yoga Calm and has presented Yoga Calm for Children methods at conferences in several states.

Jim Gillen, RYT, is the cofounder of Yoga Calm and director of Still Moving Yoga in Portland, Oregon. He is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500), ACE group fitness instructor and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. He has previously taught and developed youth programs for the National Science Foundation and the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Jim is co-author of numerous education articles and Yoga Calm for Children: Educating the Heart, Mind, and Body. His instructional CD Yoga Renewal was released in 2002.

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