Understand. Accept. Love. // April is Autism Acceptance Month

Apr 12, 2021, Sonya Patel

#CelebrateDifferences In addition to our typical PreK – 12 in-school (although virtual for now) yoga programs, ZENworks Yoga also teaches... read more

Spring Activities: Step Outside and Explore

Mar 16, 2021, Sonya Patel

Spring is finally starting to make an appearance, after what felt like a very, VERY long, socially distant winter.  This... read more

Heart Healthy Benefits of Yoga & Mindfulness

Feb 11, 2021, Sonya Patel

February is American Heart Month. According to the National Institute of Health, there is a lot we can do to... read more

Healthy Snacking Tips for Busy Families

Jan 28, 2021, Sonya Patel

Life get’s busy and it becomes easy to forget about the importance of nutrition. When time is limited, nutritious snacks... read more

A Year Full of Intentions

Jan 02, 2021, Sonya Patel

Welcome to 2021, a new year after a non traditional 2020. This past year may have left you feeling confused,... read more

Tips to Keeping You and Your Family Healthy this Winter

Dec 03, 2020, Sonya Patel

Now more than ever, it is important that we, as adults, parents, and role models are setting good examples and... read more

Tips on Creating a Rhythm While Home

Mar 18, 2020, Sonya Patel

Homeschooler and ZENworks Yoga instructor Amber Campbell share’s her tips for managing while being home with your kids during this... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Board Member Vicki McDonald

Feb 10, 2020, Sonya Patel

Meet ZENworks Yoga’s board member and former instructor, Vicki McDonald! What inspired you to become a ZENworks Yoga board member?... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Founder Sonya Patel

Feb 04, 2020, Sonya Patel

Meet ZENworks Yoga’s Founder and Executive Director, Sonya Patel! What inspired you to start ZENworks Yoga? After moving back to... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Board Member Megan Johnston

Jan 06, 2020, Sonya Patel

Meet the Board Member! Meet Megan Johnston, a board member for ZENworks Yoga. As part of the Board, Megan helps... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Ambassador Deanna Langer

Dec 16, 2019, Sonya Patel

Meet the Ambassador Meet Deanna Langer, a member of the ZENworks Yoga Ambassador Committee. The role of a ZENworks Yoga... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Instructor Sara Syed

Dec 10, 2019, Sonya Patel

Meet the Teacher – Sara Syed What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher? I love teaching kids for... read more

ZENworks Yoga Meet The Instructor // Courtney Berg

Oct 30, 2019, Sonya Patel

Meet the Teacher – Courtney Berg What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher? I wanted to become a... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Instructor Theresa Zele

Oct 22, 2019, Sonya Patel

What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher? I loved the idea of helping children recognize that they hold... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Instructor Amber Campbell

Oct 07, 2019, Sonya Patel

Meet the Teacher – Amber Campbell! This week’s feature is Amber! What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher?... read more

ZENworks Yoga // Meet the Instructor Jen Hayes

Oct 07, 2019, Sonya Patel

Meet the Teacher – Jen Griest Hayes Jen Griest Hayes helps with curriculum and instruction for ZENworks Yoga. She also... read more

ZENworks Yoga Meet the Instructor // Ebony Rollins

Sep 24, 2019, Sonya Patel

This week we’re introducing you to ZENmaker Ebony Rollins! What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher? I read... read more

ZENworks Yoga Meet the Instructor // Elyse Morckel

Sep 16, 2019, Sonya Patel

What inspired you to become a children’s yoga teacher? When I was in teacher training, we were asked to think... read more

ZENworks Yoga Meet the Instructor // Haleigh Curlis

Sep 09, 2019, Sonya Patel

We love when we can take you behind the scenes of our in-school yoga and wellness programs, so we are... read more

Meet Our Partner: Jakprints

May 30, 2019, Sonya Patel

We are so grateful to Jakprints for its sponsorship of our YOGATHON! Not only will they be printing our event... read more

Meet our Partner: The Studio Cleveland

May 06, 2019, Sonya Patel

We are so grateful to The Studio Cleveland for its generous support of our programs and sponsorship of our summer... read more

Meet our Partner: Rock The House Entertainment

Apr 30, 2019, Sonya Patel

We are so excited for Rock The House to provide its audio and DJ-ing expertise for our ZENworks YOGATHON! The... read more

Spotlight on Mindful Moments / Magic Dot Visualization

Apr 10, 2019, Megan Davis

Did you know that practicing mindfulness can boost children’s social-emotional learning skills?  Social Emotional Learning ( or SEL) refers to... read more

ZEN at Home – Yoga for Connection

Mar 21, 2019, Megan Davis

In this day and age of communicating through text messages, coordinating schedules via digital calendars, and dinners on-the-go….it seems as... read more

SPOTLIGHT ON STAR TWIST / Energizing Yoga Practice

Mar 14, 2019, Megan Davis

Hello Spring?… Here in Cleveland, we know that warmer, sunnier days may still be weeks away even though we have... read more

Q&A with Essential Zen founder, Kris Radzanowski

Feb 04, 2019, Sonya Patel

We are so grateful to Essential Zen Yoga Studio, for planning and hosting Restore & Reboot, a donation-based restorative workshop,... read more

New Year New Classroom – 2019 Resolutions for Your Class

Jan 06, 2019, Sonya Patel

Welcome to the new year! A time for new beginnings and upgrades to the status quo. Maybe you don’t believe... read more

2018 Fall Fashion Highlights

Oct 15, 2018, Sonya Patel

Thank you to everyone who attended our THIRD annual Fall Fashion Show on Sunday, October 14 at the Hilton Garden... read more

Spotlight on: Spine Movement

Mar 15, 2018, Sonya Patel

What it is: A short routine that can be done anywhere to keep your spine healthy and flexible. Students can... read more

Yoga Books for Students of All Ages

Yoga Books for Students of All Ages

Feb 22, 2018, Sonya Patel

There are tons of yoga books out there, for kids, adults, and everyone in between. Since you’re busy, we’ve done... read more

Using Positive Reinforcement to Curb Undesired Behavior

Using Positive Reinforcement to Curb Undesired Behavior

Feb 15, 2018, Sonya Patel

Inevitably, a student in your class will start to misbehave or act inappropriately. It could just be a minor, annoying... read more

Monthly Mindful Moments

Monthly Mindful Moment – Favorite Places

Feb 08, 2018, Sonya Patel

Mindful moments can be extremely beneficial for kids, especially during the school day. Similar to exercise and activity breaks, they... read more

Activities for Improving Memory

Activities for Improving Memory

Feb 01, 2018, Sonya Patel

You work hard creating innovative and interesting lesson plans to keep your students engaged in the classroom. But at the... read more

Spotlight on Sun Salutation 2

Spotlight on Sun Salutation 2

Jan 25, 2018, Sonya Patel

What is it: You’ll need to clear some floor space for this sequence – but it’s worth it for the... read more

Beat the Cold Weather Blues – Ideas to Keep YOUR Spirits Up When It's Cold and Gray (Part 2)

Beat the Cold Weather Blues – Ideas to Keep YOUR Spirits Up When It’s Cold and Gray (Part 2)

Dec 21, 2017, Sonya Patel

The good news is you don’t have school for the next few weeks. The bad news is that it’s cold,... read more

Beat the Cold Weather Blues – Indoor and Outdoor Activities for Kids (Part 1)

Dec 15, 2017, Sonya Patel

Winter break for most kids begins next week! For the first few days, most kids will just be so happy... read more

Spotlight On Downward Dog Pose

Dec 07, 2017, Sonya Patel

Downward dog is the backbone of most yoga practices. It offers a chance to recover from more strenuous poses in... read more

planning a classroom party

Planning a Classroom Party that All Students Can Enjoy

Nov 30, 2017, Sonya Patel

Just a few more weeks till school is out for winter break! Many classrooms will choose to throw a holiday... read more

Behind the Scenes on an amaZEN U Shoot

Behind the Scenes on an amaZEN U Shoot

Nov 16, 2017, Sonya Patel

Have you used our videos in your classroom and wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of a typical 5... read more

Teaching Awareness & Appreciation About Cultural Traditions

Nov 08, 2017, Sonya Patel

As technology makes our world smaller and smaller, the families in your community may become more diverse. The students in... read more

Using Digital Materials to Spur Creativity

Using Digital Materials to Spur Creativity

Nov 02, 2017, Sonya Patel

Technology has become an ever-increasing part of the curriculum – and since technology is always changing, there is always something... read more

How to Help Your Child Get – and Stay – Organized

Oct 26, 2017, Sonya Patel

The school year is well underway now, which means any sense of organization you imparted on your children or students... read more

Social Media and Mindfulness for Teens

Oct 19, 2017, Sonya Patel

High school is a difficult time for even the most well-adjusted kids. For most, it’s the first time that they... read more

Encouraging Mindfulness During Halloween

Oct 12, 2017, Sonya Patel

Halloween is a fun holiday to enjoy with your kids. Planning costumes and decorating your house or yard is a... read more

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the Youngest of Learners

How to Incorporate Mindfulness into the Youngest of Learners

Oct 05, 2017, Sonya Patel

The idea of mindfulness can be a difficult one to wrap your head around, and even harder to teach. Younger... read more

Test Prep with Yoga and Mindfulness

Test Prep with Yoga and Mindfulness

Sep 28, 2017, Sonya Patel

Studying for tests – regardless of whether they are state-sponsored tests, career tests such as the GMAT or LSAT, or... read more

Connecting to Daily Curriculum

Connecting amaZEN U to Daily Curriculum

Sep 21, 2017, Sonya Patel

There are so many different activities that need to fit into your daily classroom schedule that it can be hard... read more

Talking to Parents about Yoga and Mindfulness

Sep 14, 2017, Sonya Patel

You’ve seen the positive effects a regular yoga and mindfulness program has on your students. You’ve gotten your school administrators... read more

All About the amaZEN U Mood Tracker

Sep 07, 2017, Sonya Patel

All About the amaZEN U Mood Tracker – What is it and how to use it! Students go through several... read more

Back-to-School Breath: Tips for Teachers and Parents to Slow Down

Aug 30, 2017, Sonya Patel

It’s the beginning of the school year. You have a new class full of students who you don’t yet know... read more

Spotlight on superhero pose

Spotlight on Superhero! Calm and focusing movements.

Aug 23, 2017, Sonya Patel

This Superhero sequence is perfect for a class that that may have just a little too much energy to focus,... read more

We Listened To YOU!

Jul 27, 2017, Sonya Patel

We’re here because of your students. We’re here because of amazing educators like you. We’re here because we fundamentally believe... read more

Fidget Spinners and Mindful Moments

Jul 11, 2017, Sonya Patel

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past month (which would be fine…you’re out of school!), you’ve likely... read more

Summer Wishlist – Planning Your Perfect Day

Jun 27, 2017, Sonya Patel

We all have an idea in our head of what a perfect day would look like – find the time... read more

What style of yoga is right for you?

Jun 20, 2017, Sonya Patel

Just like other workouts or exercises, there are many different styles of yoga. And similar to those activities, there may... read more

Summer Self Care – Finding Mindful Moments

Jun 13, 2017, Sonya Patel

School is out for the next three months (ok…more like two!) which means it’s time to focus on YOU for... read more

Calming Sequence for You from AmaZEN U!

Jun 06, 2017, Sonya Patel

School is out and summer has begun (for most of you) – which means there is more time for YOU!... read more

Outdoor Exercises for the Inner Child in You!

May 30, 2017, Sonya Patel

Summer vacation is finally here (or really super close)! Use your extra time to jump start your healthy habits or... read more

Spotlight on Seated Twist Pose

May 23, 2017, Sonya Patel

What it is: Seated Twist pose is a great pose that students can do right at their desk. It provides... read more

Summer Learning Ideas

May 16, 2017, Sonya Patel

Summer is just a few short weeks away (as if you weren’t already counting the days!). Many schools and teachers... read more

Teacher Appreciation Month – Appreciating YOU!

May 09, 2017, Sonya Patel

Hopefully your school and/or students have planned some fun activities to appreciate its teachers this month for Teacher Appreciation Week... read more

Mother’s Day Make-Your-Own Gift Guide

May 02, 2017, Sonya Patel

One of the major goals of most classrooms is to have a cooperative and team-style relationship with your students’ parents.... read more

Setting the Stage for a #ReadytoLearn Classroom

Apr 25, 2017, Sonya Patel

We often talk about the different activities you can do with your students to keep them focused and attentive. But... read more

Earth Day Activities for Your Classroom

Apr 18, 2017, Sonya Patel

Earth Day is this Saturday, April 22! You can use this day as motivation to plan activities for your classroom... read more

How to Introduce Breathing Exercises in the Classroom

Apr 11, 2017, Sonya Patel

You may love yoga and practice it often. Perhaps you even regularly use yoga poses in your classroom and subscribe... read more

Spotlight on Cat & Cow Poses

Apr 04, 2017, Sonya Patel

What it is: Although these yoga poses are usually done together, they are actually two separate movements. Cat and cow... read more

Fun Activities – Spring Break Edition

Mar 28, 2017, Sonya Patel

Spring break is fast approaching or already here – as you and your students are probably well aware! Even though... read more

Supporting Students with Special Needs

Mar 21, 2017, Sonya Patel

During the course of your teaching career, you will be exposed to many different students with different personalities and learning... read more

Why Executive Functioning in Students is Important

Mar 14, 2017, Sonya Patel

There has been a fair amount of research done in recent years about mindfulness in the classroom – we at... read more

Spotlight on Calming Pigeon Pose for a Quick Break in the Classroom

Mar 07, 2017, Sonya Patel

What it is: Calming pigeon pose is often done in yoga classes as the last pose before final rest pose.... read more

Turning Morning Energy into Learning Energy!

Feb 28, 2017, Sonya Patel

Children go through several periods per day of high energy, then low energy. If you don’t have a way to... read more

Encouraging Wellness OUTSIDE the Classroom

Feb 21, 2017, Sonya Patel

As the teacher, you know it is your job to lead your students in learning and making good decisions. But... read more

Spotlight on Open Heart and Eagle Arms Pose

Feb 14, 2017, Sonya Patel

In honor of Valentine’s Day today, we’re focusing on the benefits of heart opening poses, like the Open Heart and... read more

A Healthy and Fun Valentine’s Day Party!

Feb 07, 2017, Sonya Patel

It’s cold and slushy outside and the groundhog has just predicted 6 more weeks of winter (doesn’t he/she always?) Your... read more

Creating a Library in Your Classroom

Jan 31, 2017, Sonya Patel

Our world is becoming more digital, but there are some things that computers shouldn’t completely replace. People now have access... read more

Making the Most of Your Weekend

Jan 24, 2017, Sonya Patel

Your weekend days are precious. They are the few hours you have to focus on yourself and your family’s needs... read more

Creating an Indoor Recess with Yoga

Jan 17, 2017, Sonya Patel

Unless you live somewhere warm and wonderful, like Florida or Arizona, your class will inevitably be having recess indoors several... read more

Spotlight on Chair Pose

Jan 10, 2017, Sonya Patel

What it is: This is a great pose for a crowded classroom, because you won’t need a lot of space.... read more

Tips for Staying Healthy this Winter

Jan 03, 2017, Sonya Patel

Now that you are back in school, it may seem like winter is endless. Summer is far away and the... read more

Fun Activities for Winter Break

Dec 27, 2016, Sonya Patel

Winter break is just short enough and packed in with holidays that there can be a lot of hustle and... read more

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Classroom

Dec 20, 2016, Sonya Patel

Whether or not you make New Year’s resolutions in your personal life, try making them for your classroom this 2017.... read more

Healthy Tips for Getting Through December

Dec 13, 2016, Sonya Patel

The end of the year is a time filled with end-of-year parties and family gatherings. Combine yummy appetizers with frothy... read more

Spotlight on Forward Fold & Rag Doll Pose

Dec 06, 2016, Sonya Patel

What it is: One of the most basic postures in yoga, this pose can be easily done anywhere, including seated... read more

Staying on Task – Thanksgiving to Winter Break

Nov 29, 2016, Sonya Patel

The following three week stretch can be one of the hardest for keeping kids on task during the school day.... read more

Post Break Energizers

Nov 22, 2016, Sonya Patel

It’s hard for everyone – not just students – to recover their energy after a long weekend or break. Since... read more

Creating a Mindful Corner

Nov 15, 2016, Sonya Patel

We often post advice about yoga and mindful activities for your entire class. But one size does NOT fit all.... read more

Spotlight on Energizing Camel Pose

Nov 08, 2016, Sonya Patel

What is it: This modified pose is a great way to counteract sitting or slouching over a desk or cell... read more

Sending Kindness Home

Nov 01, 2016, Sonya Patel

This is the time of year when being thankful and generous are near the forefront of people’s minds. Many want... read more

Wake Up Ninja Style!

Oct 25, 2016, Sonya Patel

Cool fall weather just makes people feel sleepier. It starts with the morning, when the air is chilly and we’d... read more

School Halloween Celebration Ideas!

Oct 18, 2016, Sonya Patel

Halloween is a fun holiday – and one which kids of all ages and socio economic backgrounds can be involved!... read more

Strong and Calm Warriors

Oct 11, 2016, Sonya Patel

What it is: Anybody who has ever taken a yoga class knows the warrior poses. These poses are a staple... read more

Healthy Halloween

Oct 04, 2016, Sonya Patel

Halloween is arguably one of the more fun holidays of the year. Costumes! Treats! It doesn’t require gift giving or... read more

Fun Fall Crafts to Do With Your Kids!

Sep 27, 2016, Sonya Patel

The weather is getting cooler and staying indoors is becoming the defacto background for activities. Rather than let your kids... read more

Soar Like an Eagle

Sep 20, 2016, Sonya Patel

What it is – If you are looking for a quick activity that challenges your students both physically and mentally, Eagle... read more

Staying Healthy Throughout the School Day

Sep 13, 2016, Sonya Patel

It’s often much easier to live healthier during the summer versus the school year. The weather is nice and you... read more

September is National Yoga Month!

Sep 06, 2016, Sonya Patel

Besides for being the first full month of school for most kids, September is National Yoga Month (recognized as such... read more

Self Care Tip #6: Imagine You Are Your Best Friend

Aug 03, 2016, Sonya Patel

Summer of Self Care #6 is all about you and loving yourself! Imagine you’re your best friend. If you were,... read more

Self-Care Tip #5: Try Something New

Jul 27, 2016, Sonya Patel

Summer Self-Care Tip #5: Try something new Trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone can be scary and... read more

Self-Care Tip #4: For 1 Hour Today – Unplug!

Jul 13, 2016, Sonya Patel

Summer of Self-Care Tip #4: For 1 hour today: unplug! Get outside, find a book, relax with your favorite snack (or all... read more

Self-Care Tip #3: Do a Mini-Declutter

Jun 29, 2016, Sonya Patel

Self-Care Tip #3: Do a mini-declutter. Recycle three things from your wardrobe that you don’t love or regularly wear, or... read more

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