Jennifer Cohen Harper is an educator, author, public speaker and mother 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.
Jennifer founded Little Flower Yoga (LFY) in 2006 after her successful use of yoga and mindfulness at Harlem Children’s Zone in NYC had led to requests by other students, teachers and administrators for programs of their own. When programming demand outgrew her capacity, Jennifer began to recruit other yoga and mindfulness teachers with education backgrounds to continue building what had become a dynamic and collaborative program. Jennifer’s Masters Degree in Education and Child Development from New York University’s Gallatin School culminated in a thesis on the use of yoga in education settings. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Political Science with a focus on education and healthcare. These formative educational experiences, as well as work in schools, after-school programs and the children’s program at a domestic violence shelter, combined to drive forward the creation of a mission driven organization dedicated to healing, resilience building and empowerment.
As the Founder and CEO (Chief Everything Officer) of LFY, Jennifer brings embodied mindfulness programing and education to schools and community organizations nationwide, serving students, families, educators, and mental health providers. She is the author of children’s book Thank You Body, Thank You Heart, as well as Little Flower Yoga for Kids: A Yoga and Mindfulness Program to Help Your Child Improve Attention and Emotional Balance, and the creator of many resources for schools and families, including the popular Empower Tools GoNoodle Video Series, and a variety of card decks and activity books. She is an active member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, and a frequent speaker for PESI, supporting the professional development of mental health care providers.
Jennifer is the immediate past 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. In her role at YSC, Jennifer co-authored the What Is Yoga Service white paper that has served an an anchor for the field. She originated the annual Yoga Service Conference at the Omega Institute, and was a developer of the Best Practices in Yoga Service Project, including working as the editor of Best Practices for Yoga in Schools.