Yoga and Mindfulness for School-Based Therapy

Allison Morgan MA, OTR, E-RYT

The increased prevalence of students with developmental challenges, mental health disorders, and trauma has greatly increased the need for therapists to become creative, innovative and more effective in their therapeutic approaches. The evidence-based practices of yoga and mindfulness provide highly adaptable solutions for meeting the physical, emotional, cognitive, social and sensory needs of pre-K through 12 students. These ancient practices have been proven to balance the nervous system, thereby supporting students to feel calm, organized and safe within their own body and mind. These are the most important foundational skills for all human beings to thrive. For many of our students, their states of anxiety, stress and overwhelm are so heightened that they are struggling to survive. Often the cause of the disruptive behavior that we are continually addressing is due to internal states of fight, flight or freeze and general feelings of being unsafe. This workshop will help you transform the clip charts and sticker incentive methods of behavior management.

Enjoy learning the power of teaching self-awareness and self-management skills through simple breath, movement and mindfulness activities that can be integrated into individual, group and inclusive classroom settings. You will find that these tools not only change the inner landscape for your students, but for you as well. We will explore the gift of your therapeutic presence and how it can shift the outcome of each session while also supporting your ability to be highly effective without becoming burned-out and drained.

Help your students develop self-regulation, attention and resilience while facilitating fun, flow, focus and function.

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March 24, 2020 – NYC – CANCELLED 
March 31, 2020 – Staten Island, NY – CANCELLED 
May 7, 2020 – Uniondale, NY (Long Island) – CANCELLED 

Early $295.00* | Regular $320.00

*Early registration must be received 21 prior to seminar . For Group Discounts See Discounts Tab Below

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course should be able to:

  • Understand the neuroscience and scientific support of how yoga and mindfulness support the physical, emotional, sensory and cognitive needs of students.
  • Learn how to easily integrate breath, movement and mindfulness into your individual, group and full classroom sessions to support all students no matter what their diagnosis or developmental level
  • Enhance carry-over of skills into other settings for students
  • Easily support educators and parents to engage in the practices for their student/child and for themselves
  • Learn how yoga and mindfulness can be utilized to enhance your own well-being and therapeutic presence

Target Audience

School Based teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists, school counselors, social workers, psychologists and support staff

Course Level




8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

8-9: Origin and Rationale for use on therapeutic and classrooms, Philosophy and principles of yoga and mindfulness, Current research overview

9-10 Neuroscience of breath, movement and mindfulness as it relates to learning, focusing, regulating, behaviour and overall executive functioning engagement

10-1015- BREAK

1015-12 – Lab/ practice of yoga and mindfulness tools to cultivate states of calm (inner stillness), focus and emotional regulation

12-1245- LUNCH (on your own)

1245-145 – Lab/ practice of yoga and mindfulness tools to cultivate states of energized engagement and supporting positive mindsets and connection with self and others

145-230 – How yoga and mindfulness supports Motor planning, ocular-motor control, core stability and its impact on fine motor skills

230-3 – Putting the pieces together in your setting and with your caseload – Creating sequences


Allison MA, OTR, E-RYT

Allison MA, OTR, E-RYT is a pediatric occupational therapist, and registered Yoga Alliance teacher-trainer who has been working with youth for over 30 years. As founder of Zensational Kids, she collaborates with schools to help them cultivate resilience and compassion within the entire educational community. She has developed numerous programs to facilitate the integration of yoga and mindful practices district-wide. Her programs empower administrators, faculty, students and families to activate their unlimited potential through the development of inner resources.  She is an active international presenter, researcher, author, and ambassador of well-being. She has written mindfulness curricula for pre-K through 12thgrade, Young Explorers, EDUCATE 2B and Everyday Mindfulness.  She was a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools. Allison contributed a chapter on Mindfulness for Autism in the 2019 APA publication of  Applied Mindfulness: Approaches in Mental Health for Children and Adolescents.


March 24, 2020 – New York, NY – CANCELLED 
Hotel Pennsylvania
401 7th Avenue


March 31, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn Staten Island – CANCELLED 
1100 South Avenue


May 7, 2020 – CANCELLED 
Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY



Educational Credits

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.  Approved for 6 contact hours.

Approved NYSED CTLE provider.  Sponsor ID #23746.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

color web&pptTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs. 6 contact hours, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.


Early $295* | Regular $320.00 

*Early registration must be received 21 days prior to seminar
VALID UNTIL March 3, 2020 for NYC – CANCELED
VALID UNTIL March 10, 2020 for SI- CANCELED 

VALID UNTIL April 16, 2020 for LI

3 or more registrants – Early – $279.19 | Regular – $302.85 (use code group3)

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