Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Finger Lakes Library System conference room
Registration Required: https://www.flls.org/calendar-2/
As part of the Ready to Read at New York State Libraries training, youth Yoga Instructor, Diane Hamilton, will provide an introduction to teaching yoga, breath and mindfulness to children and their families. Using stories, practical skills and light movements, participants will learn:
- How to help strengthen YOUR communities by connecting the caregiver and child through yoga.
- Techniques and best practices to start your own yoga storytime.
- Essential songs and literacy games.
Member libraries can request mileage reimbursement to attend this training. This class also counts for 2.5 contact hours for Professional Development.
Diane Hamilton has been teaching yoga to children since 2003 and training adults since 2014. From babies to high school, Indiana to India, Diane has taught thousands of classes in hundreds of classroom and community locations, working with children and families both individually and in groups. Diane has trained with Yoga Center for Columbia, Tai Sophia Institute, Sanskrit Institute, Radiant Child, YoKid, Yoga4Classrooms and Go Grounded. Diane’s work with children encourages consciousness and connection with self, society and nature. Diane’s work with families develops awareness of individual power and purpose, as well as compassion and support in the expression of truest and highest selves, when living in close proximity with other humans. In the corporate world, Diane trains adults in mindful, inclusive and collaborative culture focused on development of inner potential, awareness of bias and the use of non-violent communication.
As a lover of academics with an ADHD diagnosis, Diane is especially passionate about creating motion and music-based curriculums for the early childhood and elementary years, engaging active children, teaching tools for focus, and reducing anxiety around literacy and exams. As a life-long athlete, Diane is passionate about establishing non-competitive options for physical activity at all ages. As a social justice activist, Diane prioritizes connecting beyond culturally created disproportions, disadvantages and discrepancies. Finally, as a cancer survivor and sister of a suicide-attempt survivor, Diane is passionate about the mind-body-spirit connection provided through yoga practice, and intimately aware of the importance of providing these foundational tools to vulnerable children.