Jennifer Cohen Harper
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, is a leading voice in the children’s yoga community and dedicated to making yoga and mindfulness practices accessible to all children regardless of circumstance. After nearly a decade of personal yoga practice, she began using yoga successfully in her kindergarten classroom, and soon began to teach her techniques to other teachers and administrators, eventually creating Little Flower Yoga.
Based in New York, Little Flower Yoga directly serves more than 700 children per week in New York City schools, and reaches many more through a worldwide network of trained teachers and school consultations. The program helps children overcome physical, mental, and emotional barriers to learning; empowers them to make healthy choices; offers them a space for experiencing joy; and gives parents and educators support and strategies to reinforce those tools. Harper leads the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training for Children and frequently collaborates with other organizations to bring yoga for children to places as diverse as tent cities in Port-au-Prince and FAO Schwarz in Manhattan. She is author of the book Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance.
Jennifer Cohen Harper is a founding member of the Yoga Service Council, and an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the Association for School Yoga and Mindfulness. She holds a master’s degree in education and youth development from New York University’s Gallatin School and her thesis work was on the use of yoga in education.
Harper has experience teaching students from pre-school to high school, and has spent many years working with children with physical as well as developmental and learning challenges, using both yoga and other types of alternative therapy methods to help them shine. Children love Harper’s willingness to engage in mutual silliness, while also appreciating the genuine respect that she has for students of all ages.