Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians

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Rowman & Littlefield, May 15, 2019 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 184 pages
Yoga and meditation have a proven track record of lowering stress levels, helping to treat mental health issues such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder, building community, and contributing to an overall sense of wellbeing in their practitioners. According to recent surveys, 1/4 of North American libraries have offered meditation programs and 2/3 have offered yoga classes.

Carson, a professional yoga teacher and library director, has been leading yoga and meditation programs in schools and libraries for over a decade, and she presents this guidebook to give others the tools for serving library patrons of all ages and abilities. Inside Yoga and Meditation at the Library, you will find 21 program models, including choreographed yoga sequences complete with pictures, passive program ideas, alternative collections suggestions, budget considerations, literacy tie-ins, and checklists for prep, teardown, and follow-up, as well as advice from real-world program delivery.

Chapters include:

  • What are Mindfulness and Meditation?
  • What is Yoga?
  • Implementing Yoga and Meditation Programs in Your Library
  • Choosing Resources and Designing Spaces
  • Passive Programs and Alternative Collections
  • Policies and Procedures for Avoiding and Handling Problems
  • Yoga and Meditation for the Early Years
  • Yoga and Meditation for Elementary-Age Students
  • Yoga and Meditation for Teens and Young Adults
  • Yoga and Meditation for Adults and Seniors
  • Yoga for Every Body: Inclusive Programming through Outreach and Inreach


This book is for any programming librarian, administrator, yoga and meditation teacher, or outreach coordinator looking to boost circulation stats, program numbers, literacy rates, and foster health and wellness in their community.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 What Are Mindfulness and Meditation?
1
CHAPTER 2 What Is Yoga?
5
CHAPTER 3 Implementing Yoga and Meditation Programs in Your Library
9
CHAPTER 4 Choosing Resources and Designing Spaces
17
CHAPTER 5 Passive Programs and Alternative Collections
27
CHAPTER 6 Policies and Procedures for Avoiding and Handling Problems
39
CHAPTER 7 Yoga and Meditation for the Early Years
49
CHAPTER 8 Yoga and Meditation for ElementaryAge Students
71
CHAPTER 9 Yoga and Meditation for Teens and Young Adults
89
CHAPTER 10 Yoga and Meditation for Adults and Seniors
103
Inclusive Programming through Outreach and Inreach
127
Bibliography
157
Index
161
About the Author
165
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Jenn Carson is an internationally recognized expert in physical literacy, a professional yoga teacher and the director of the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Canada. She is the author of Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages (ALA Editions, 2018). She also blogs about her physical literacy adventures for Programming Librarian (www.programminglibrarian.com). You can find out more about her programs and research at www.jenncarson.com.

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