Books & Apps
There are so many amazing resources available, chock-full of great information on how to bring mindfulness and meditation into your life. Listed below are some of wonderful resources to deepen your mindfulness practice.
My First Yoga
Take a Chill
Stop, Breathe &Think
Insight Timer (meditation timer and guided meditations)
Excellent books to learn more about practicing and teaching mindfulness:
Teach, Breathe, Learn: Mindfulness In and Out of the Classroom, Meena Srinivasan. This is an excellent resource for classroom teachers in which the author highlights how mindfulness can be an effective tool in the classroom. What makes this book truly unique is her perspective as a classroom teacher, wrestling daily with the conditions about which she writes.
Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, Patricia A. Jennings. Mindfulness for Teachers is based upon the author’s extensive experience as a mindfulness practitioner, teacher educator and scientist. Drawing upon basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology and education, the book offers valuable information about how mindfulness can help teachers manage the stressful demands of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize teaching and learning.
Learning to Breathe: A Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance, Patricia C. Broderick. Excellent curriculum with lessons and activities for teens.
Sitting Still Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents), line Snel. This introduction to mindfulness meditation for children and their parents includes practices that can help children calm down, become more focused, fall asleep more easily, alleviate worry, manage anger, and generally become more patient and aware. I often recommend this book to parents who want to learn more about mindfulness and how they can practice mindfulness at home with their children.
Little Flower Yoga for Kids, Jennifer Cohen Harper. “Gentle yoga practices to help kids pay better attention and balance their emotions while building physical strength and flexibility.” Great mindful movement exercises for the classroom.
The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate, Susan Kaiser Greenland. Instructions and activities for the most effective ways to teach—and model—mindfulness to kids.
A Still Quiet Place, Amy Saltzman. An eight-week mindfulness curriculum, with a balance of sitting practice, mindful movement, and compassionate discussion, along with comprehensive guidelines on how to teach mindfulness.
Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, Rick Hanson. Discusses mindfulness in the context of positive psychology with friendly neuroscience.
Building Emotional Intelligence, Linda Lantieri. Puts mindfulness in the broader context of social and emotional learning and resilience.
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child’s Developing Mind, Daniel J. Siegel. Lots of tips and fun exercises here plus digestible neurobiology.
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, Daniel J. Siegel. Great book to read with teenagers on how to better understand and work with the biological changes of the teen years.
The Autism Playbook for Teens, Irene McHenry and Carol Moog. Mindfulness-based activities to help kids with autism recognize and regulate their feelings and behavior.
A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents, Sam Himelstein. Dr. Himelstein urges therapists to think of mindfulness not as a “technique” but as “a more holistic approach to working with other human beings.” This includes teaching mindfulness formally and informally, as well as “the application of mindfulness for therapists themselves to develop personally and professionally.”
Mindfulness for Teen Anger, Mark Purcell & Jason Murphy. “So many anger management strategies fail because all the attention is on making you change what you do… but to change what is happening on the outside, we need to look deeply at what is happening on the inside.”
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, Christopher Willard. Mindfulness practices to help teens deal with common stressors like test anxiety, dating, peer pressure, and tension with siblings.
Recommended Children’s Books:
Visiting Feelings, Lauren Rubenstein
Have You Filled a Bucket Today? Carol McCloud
Stand in My Shoes: Kids Learning about Empathy, Bob Sornson, Ph.D.
Lemonade Hurricane, Licia Morelli and Jennifer Morris
What does it mean to be Present? Rana DiOrio and Eliza Wheeler
A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles, Thich Naht Hanh
Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress, Laurie Grossman
Health and Wellness Leaders
We LOVE healthy living. Westchester and New York City have many amazing resources. Here are some that we love. We hope to see you in class!
- Jennifer Monness
- One2One Bodyscapes
- Susan Malcolm
- Weiser Choices Health and Wellness coaching
- Optimal Health & Development Center
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- Jack Kornfield Buddhist Meditation Teacher
- Krishna Das Musician
- Pema Chodron Buddhist Meditation Teacher
- Priscilla Warner Author
- Rabbi Simon Jacobson Rabbi
- Sharon Salzberg Buddhist Meditation Teacher
- Sylvia Boorstein Buddhist Meditation Teacher
- Thich Nhat Hanh
Other Amazing Local Resources
If you don’t have time for a getaway, here are some great resources right in our own backyard that have amazing programs every week.