GINA M BIEGEL, MA, LMFT
Gina M. Biegel, LMFT, is a psychotherapist, researcher, speaker, and author in the San Francisco Bay Area who specializes in mindfulness-based work with adolescents. She is founder of Stressed Teens, which has been offering mindfulness-based stress reduction for teens (MBSR-T) to adolescents, families, schools, professionals, and the community for over a decade. She created MBSR-T to help teens in a large HMO’s outpatient department of child and adolescent psychiatry whose physical and psychological symptoms were not responding satisfactorily to a multitude of other evidence-based practices. An expert and pioneer in bringing mindfulness-based approaches to youth, she is the author of Be Mindful & Stress Less: 50 Ways to Deal with Your (Crazy) Life (Shambhala, 2017), The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2nd Ed., New Harbinger, 2017), and the Be Mindful Card Deck for Teens. (PESI, 2016). She also has a mindfulness practice audio CD, Mindfulness for Teens, to complement the MBSR-T program; provides worldwide multiday trainings and intensive ten-week online trainings; and works with teens and families individually and in groups. Her work has been featured on CNN and Reuters, and in the New York Times.
Financial: Gina M. Biegel is the founder and owner of Stressed Teens. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She is published by New Harbinger Publications, Inc. and receives royalties.
Non-financial: Gina M. Biegel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
JENNIFER COHEN HARPER, MA, E-RYT, RCYT
Jennifer Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT, RCYT, is an author and educator who works to support all children and teens in the development of strong inner resources through the tools of yoga and mindfulness. Her goal is to help kids, and those who care for them, thrive in the world regardless of circumstances, and navigate the many challenges they face with a sense of personal power and self-awareness.
As the founder and CEO of Little Flower Yoga, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programming and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and the board president of the non-profit Yoga Service Council, which works to maximize the effectiveness and sustainability of those committed to sharing practices supporting healing, resilience, self-development, community building and positive social change.
Jennifer is the author and co-author of numerous titles and card decks, including Mindful Chair Yoga Card Deck (PESI, 2018), Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Card Deck (PESI, 2016), Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck (PESI, 2017) and Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Children Activity and Coloring Book (PESI, 2017).
Jennifer’s work has been featured in prominent publications including NY Times, The International Journal of Yoga Therapy, Publishers Weekly, and Yoga Journal and endorsed by thought leaders including Dan Siegel, Sharon Salzberg, Rick Hanson and Congressman Tim Ryan. Jennifer is an engaging presenter committed to collective growth and learning. She offers powerful information in a practical, easy-to-implement format with warmth, humor and joy.
Financial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is the founder/director of Little Flower Yoga and The School Yoga Project. She is a compensated author for New Harbinger Publications. Her work on yoga and mindfulness has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times and the International Journal of Yoga Therapy. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Jennifer Cohen Harper is the vice president of the Yoga Service Council. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
ARGOS GONZALEZ, M.ED.
Argos Gonzalez, M.Ed.,
is a teacher, lecturer, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. He has 13 years of experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and in-service teachers at Hunter College School of Education in NY. Argos is certified through both Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga (LFY), and currently serves as the director of professional development for The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY. Argos was a contributing editor to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools (YSC-Omega, 2015), and his work has been featured in national media including NPR and The Atlantic. He is also the co-author of the Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck (PESI, 2017). As a frequent speaker at conferences including the Kripalu Yoga in Schools Symposium, Bridging the Hearts and Minds of Youth, the Omega Mindfulness in Education Conference, and the Yoga Service Conference, Argos is an important member of the yoga in schools community and a trusted expert with a foot in both the yoga/mindfulness and education worlds. His deep passion for empowering children and adolescents, and supporting other education professionals to do the same, is clearly evident in all aspects of his work.
Financial: Argos Gonzalez is an adjunct lecturer with Hunter College C.U.N.Y. He is a speaker for Mindful Schools and receives compensation. Mr. Gonzalez receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Argos Gonzalez has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
MAYURI BREEN GONZALEZ
Mayuri Breen-Gonzalez, E-RYT, RCYT, is a nationally recognized presenter, trainer and instructor in mindfulness and children’s yoga, leading teacher trainings and continuing education seminars at renowned retreat centers such as The Omega Institute and IONS Earthrise Center. She has more than 25 years of experience practicing yoga and mindfulness, and provides therapeutic yoga classes to children and families as well as teaching yoga and mindfulness classes in schools and community centers.
In her role as director of the School Yoga Project, (a Little Flower Yoga program that brings yoga and mindfulness classes to over 1800 children a week in New York City schools), Mayuri trains and mentors teachers, counselors and school support staff. She is a contributing author to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, (YSC-Omega, 2015), published by the Yoga Service Council. Mayuri is also the co-author of the Yoga and Mindfulness Practices for Teens Card Deck (PESI, 2017) and Mindful Chair Yoga Card Deck (PESI, 2018). As an active member of the Yoga Service Council and the International Association for Yoga Therapists, Mayuri maintains a strong community of support and a commitment to continuous learning.
Financial: Mayuri Gonzalez is the founder and co-owner of Prasanthi Studio Family Yoga and Wellness. She is the director of The School Yoga Project a program of Little Flower Yoga. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Mayuri Gonzalez has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.