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Yoga Videos 

Rhythm & Flow Yoga

Feeling frazzled? The effects of stress can show up many ways: fatigue, depression, anxiety, irritability, minor aches and pains, and trouble sleeping or digesting food. Join Library Director and Yoga Instructor Jenn Carson for this series of videos with stress-reduction techniques to learn some healthy new habits and start feeling better today.

Check out the recordings of Jenn's classes at the L P Fisher Public Library recorded live on Facebook: Session 1, Session 2, Session 3 and taped on YouTube: Session 1, Session 2.


The Whole-Person Library: Meeting Lifelong Needs through Community Partnerships

See Jenn's presentation at the Occupy Library 2020 Online Conference from September 24, 2020.

As mounting fears and realities around climate change, pandemics, economic recession, and political corruption overwhelm our citizens, they are increasingly turning to their libraries for information, shelter, and support.

Overwork is a systemic and learned cultural issue, not the fault of any one librarian. This talk will show how we can lead with compassion, for our patrons, and the most important, for ourselves, and discuss positive steps we can take towards healing, while also acknowledging the grief, trauma, and guilt that the librarians experience every day on the front lines.

Yoga and Meditation in the Library: Outreach & Inreach

A Booklist/Rowman & Littlefield webinar held on June 7th, 2019. Jenn introduces tried and tested yoga and meditation programs to improve the health and wellness of library patrons (of all ages and abilities), your staff, and yourself. This multi-modal presentation includes a discussion surrounding issues such as liability, legalities, and logistics includes a short yoga and meditation session.

Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages

A webinar by Jenn Carson and Noah Lenstra in February 2018. This is a multimodal production that includes a PowerPoint presentation, videos, handouts and some (optional) yoga stretches to get the audience into a body-positive state of mind.

More Webinars

A link to webinars on Jenn's yoga page. Including "Taking Care of Us: Ergonomic Advice for Library Staff" hosted by ALA's Programming Librarian and "Movement-Based Programs in Public Libraries: Best Practices from the U.S. and Canada" Hosted by Noah Lenstra.

Infographics for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu 

Yoga for BJJ

Hatha yoga helps increase our flexibility and prevents injury while drilling and competing, making it the perfect compliment to a a regular Jiu-Jitsu training schedule. Add some gentle yoga poses (called “asanas”) to your warm-up, post-roll cool-down, or set some time aside each week to attend a yoga class. Your body will thank you!


Integrated Positional Therapy combines yoga, strain/counterstrain, muscle energy technique, and other modalities to address the foundational musculoskeletal imbalances that cause pain in the body and corrects them with gentle self-care movements.

Infographics from Yoga and Meditation at the Library 

Mom & Baby Yoga

This gentle sequence is designed to help new mothers work on postpartum reintegration of their pelvic floor muscles. Click the image to download the PDF.

Teddy Bear Yoga

Here’s a fun routine for little yogis that may be too scared or shy to try yoga on their own but can bring their teddy bear along for emotional support. Click the image to download the PDF.

Rhythm & Flow Yoga for Teens

Teens have stress too! Grab a friend and a yoga mat, or shut your bedroom door and rock out alone. Put on some jams that soothe your soul and try out these poses.! Click the image to download the PDF.

Family Yoga Party

This intergenerational program is designed for all ages and abilities to have fun together increasing their physical literacy skills through yoga, storytelling, mindful games, and healthy nutrition. Click the image to download the PDF.

Gentle Yoga

A sweet and simple class designed for the absolute beginner, with more challenging options for those who want take it to the next level. Click the image to download the PDF.

Chair Yoga for Lifelong Health

Chair yoga can be done by people of all ages and abilities. This routine is a great way to stay active while seated at the office, in front of the TV, on an airplane, or at the library. Click the image to download the PDF.

Yoga for Heartache

Grab a blanket, some blocks, and follow along with this quiet, reflective, restorative sequence to help heal your heart — no matter what caused its suffering. Click the image to download the PDF.

Infographics from Get Your Community Moving 

De-Stress At Your Desk

This handy poster is great to have at your workstation to remind you to get up and moving. ​Keep limber and keep working! Click the image to download the PDF. French version available here.

Physical Literacy Lifecourse

Learning body-based skills in childhood contributes to whole-person literacy throughout the lifecourse. Click the image to download the PDF. French version available here.

Taking Care of Us

Feel like you are running full-throttle? Immobilized during downtime because there is just so much to catch up on? Here are some tips that can help you take care of yourself. Watch a recording of Jenn's ALA Webinar on self-care and read her Programming Librarian Blog Post. Click the image to download the PDF. French version available here.

Yoga for Runners

All dedicated runners know the need to stay flexible. Here is a series of yoga positions that will benefit the areas of the body most affected by running. Click the image to download the PDF.

Yoga Consent Card

In some yoga classes cards are given out at the beginning of class that students can use to alert the teacher whether they're okay with physical contact or not.. Click the image to download the PDF.

Rules for Quidditch

Quidditch anyone? Plan your own real-world Quidditch match with this handy instruction sheet. Adapted from the rules of the US Quidditch League. Click the image to download the PDF.

Women's Self Defense

This guide to help empower women's safety was created in conjunction
with the Sisters In Spirit program at the L.P. Fisher Public Library.
Essential knowledge we hope you never have to use!
Click the image to download the PDF.

Program Posters 

The posters below were created to promote programs at the L.P. Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, New Brunswick. We are working on generic versions that will have blank fields to enter the details about your event. We will post them as they become available. Follow our Facebook page and we'll let you know as they are posted. Meanwhile, you are welcome to download these and use them for inspiration.

Body Image Bootcamp

In partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association we ran a six session monthly workshop to promote positive body image for teens and adults. We even provided healthy lunch and snacks!
Click the image to download the PDF.

Kids Fun Run

Our annual Kids' Kilometre Fun Run has been a great success. With sponsorships by local businesses and the help of the municipality we are able to provide a safe route, healthy snacks, and books for prizes!
Click the image to download the PDF.

Healthy Nutrition For Families

Have a local nutritionist give a talk about healthy nutrition. A great opportunity to start a discussion about how the right food choices effect your family.
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Family Dance Party

An opportunity to get the whole family moving! Create a family-friendly playlist, put on your dancing shoes, and boogie to your favorite songs.
A great way to promote multi-generational engagement. More ideas at Jenn's Blog! Click the image to download the PDF.

Wild Rumpus

Including a reading of Where the Wild Things Are, a fun dance time filled
with growls, teeth-gnashing, and a free play and create session.
Costumes encouraged!
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Family Yoga

Family friendly yoga for all ages. Invite multiple generations onto the mat and get families moving together! Find out more about how to plan this event on Jenn's Blog.
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Water Games

Get soaking wet at the library! Head outside, put on your swim suit and beat the summer heat! Activities can include water balloon battles, sponge bucket relay races, Duck, Duck, Sploosh, squirt gun painting! Find details on Jenn's Blog! Click the image to download the PDF.

Nerf Battle

Bring your friends and your nerf guns and join the battle! Target Practice, Obstacle Courses, Capture the Flag, and more...

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Earth Walk

Celebrate Earth Day or any other day by going out and cleaning up the neighborhood! Bring your friends and family and pick up trash to make your home and the earth a cleaner, healthier place to live!
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Quidditch Tournament

Harry Potter fans rejoice! Quidditch for muggles is here! Plan your very own Quidditch Tournament! Learn how to play as teams and try your hardest to catch the wild snitch to win! (See rules above in the infographics section)
Click the image to download the PDF.

Yoga Break

Offer yoga classes at lunch hour or another time that's accessible to your patrons. If you have someone to teach on staff you're all set. If not, ask a practitioner in your community to volunteer. Find out more about creating a yoga program here and here Click the image to download the PDF.

Walk Club

Organize a group of interested patrons and take regularly scheduled short walks. Thirty minutes at lunchtime works up an appetite and leaves time to eat. Provides social interaction and an energy boost for the afternoon.
More details on Jenn's Blog. Click the image to download the PDF.

Run Club

Partner with a local running club to lead regularly scheduled runs geared to begginers. A great way to encourage patrons to lace up their sneakers and join the fun. More details on Jenn's Blog.
Click the image to download the PDF.

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is a self-myofascial release (SMR) technique used by athletes and physical therapists to stretch, lengthen and relax muscles. Ask someone familiar with these techniques to come and teach a class.
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Ballroom Dancing

Reach out to your community to find a willing and able dance instructor.
A fun way to get moving! Dances learned may include: waltz, tango, rumba,  swing, foxtrot, merengue, disco or any other styles. Learn more about planning this program on Jenn's Blog! Click the image to download the PDF.

Sisters in Spirit

The Sisters in Spirit campaign, founded by the Native Women's Association of Canada, was designed to draw attention specifically to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in Canada. Plan your own event to help empower women of all cultures. Ideas include self-defense instruction, and yoga for trauma. Learn more about planning this event in Jenn's blog. Click the image to download the PDF.

Fillable PDF versions coming soon!

The downloadable files on this page are those referred to in Jenn's books

Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages


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

Follow these links to get your copy of Get Your Community Moving.

Orders in the US

Orders in Canada

Orders in Europe

Follow this link to get your copy of Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians.


Resource Links 

A self-care routine based on Jenn's De-Stress at Your Desk presented by Julia at the Potomac Community Library in Virginia. Enjoy Yoga and Meditation for Relaxation.

Liability Waivers – Protect your library, institution, and staff. Download samples of liability waivers and release forms here.

Find more useful information on the resoures page of Let's Move in


Creating Enriched Physical Literacy Environments

Watch Dr. PJ Naylor's keynote presentation at the International Physical Literacy Conference 2019 in Sweden.


Frisbee legend Rob McLeod interviews Jenn about Physical Literacy.

Follow this link and hear Jenn and Rob discuss Physical Literacy and why it's important.



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