New in 2022!

The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Institute is excited to offer its 25-hour child-focused Webinar Series:

Sensory-Enhanced, Mindfulness-based Yoga for Learning Environments (SMYLE™)

This 3- Part webinar workshop series is especially designed for elementary and middle-school teachers, special needs teachers, occupational therapists, other allied and licensed mental health professionals, yoga therapists and yoga instructors who would like to learn how to incorporate Sensory-Enhanced Yoga® into the classroom and general school setting to help students manage symptoms of trauma, toxic stress, anxiety, ADHD, and similar mental health conditions so they can maintain a calm and focused state of alertness conducive to learning. The course was co-created by Lynn Stoller, OT, M.S., OTR/L, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP and Megan Schofield, M.Ed., RYT, with valuable contributions by Dr. Erin O’Neill, OTD, OTR/L RYT-200.

Part 1 & 2 will present the science/evidence base, theoretical model, and guidelines for practice through a child-focused lens. Though mostly lecture and discussion, a small sampling of yoga, breathing, and meditation techniques will be taught in short experiential labs.  Sessions will be recorded but live attendance (via Zoom) is strongly encouraged.

Part 3 will present evidence-based, trauma-informed practices that can be incorporated into particular activities and time points during the school day. Both mat and chair versions of the yoga forms and movements will be taught, along with child-friendly breathing and meditation practices. Participants will have opportunities to practice the techniques in pairs and small groups and will also participate in a larger group final lab which includes planning and presenting practices for one school day for their assigned case study student. 

This training program is highly experiential and includes a detailed 460-page manual (three volumes in pdf format). Yoga experience is not required. 

Please note that we discuss trauma in a frank manner in this training program which may be triggering for someone who is currently experiencing symptoms of trauma.  Please consult with a licensed mental health provider or contact us before you register if you have any questions regarding the suitability of this course for you.

Attendance (via Zoom) is mandatory at all live sessions of Part 3* in order to receive a certificate of completion, due to the experiential nature of the course.  Portions of sessions may be recorded for quality control purposes but will not be made available to participants.  

*If a Part 3 session is missed, you must attend that session and the last 2 sessions at a future series (at no cost) to receive your certificate, as all practices need to be learned before participating in the final group lab. Participants must actively participate in all experiential aspects of the course with their videos on, to confirm competency in the program. 

You will find the bios for our SMYLE faculty on our team page.

The Sensory-Enhanced Yoga Institute is a Registered Continuing Education Provider for the Massachusetts Department of Education (PD Provider #S20200018).

This program (Parts 1, 2, & 3 combined) can be used towards the National Board for the Certification of Occupational Therapists (NBCOT) renewal requirements for a total of 23 PDUs.  

This program (Parts 1, 2, & 3 combined) qualifies for 23 Contact Hours for Yoga Alliance.

Here is what our graduates have to say about our SMYLE™ workshop:

“Thank you so much for this course!  The information is so valuable, and so much hard work and research you and your team put in.  Very much needed and appreciated!”– Regina S.

“Thanks again for sharing your expertise with us for the past few months!  I have learned so much and am excited to incorporate this into sessions with students.”– Rachel R.

“Thank you for everything and for creating such an amazing course!!”– Caitlyn M.

 “I wanted to let you know that I have been using my SMYLE training to work with our low incidence students during summer school.   It has been wonderful.   I’ve really enjoyed teaching them and your course really helped.   Thank you!!”– Maria B.


Sensory and Mindfulness-based Yoga for Learning Environments (SMYLE), Fall 2023:

Part 1 & 2- The Science & Theory
Thursdays, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov 2
5:00 pm-7:00 pm EST 

Part 3- The Practice
Thursdays, Nov 9, 16 @ 5-7:30 pm
Weekend of Nov 18 & 19 @9:30 am- 3 pm EST.

>>Lynn Stoller, OT, M.S., C-IAYT, RYT 500/E-RYT, YACEP
Meg Hennessey Schofield, MEd, RYT
Holly Marron, OT, RYT

There is a $50 discount per person for groups of 3 or more that sign up from the same school or organization.  (This applies to the “Early Bird” or “Regular Rate” but does not apply to any “Extra Early Bird” rate, if available.)

More S.M.Y.L.E. trainings are coming soon! Use the form below to be notified of upcoming trainings.