When I am stressed, yoga helps me to relax and regain my focus. It makes me feel cool, calm and confident.

- Linda, Grade 4

  • Mindful Practices 2014 Summer Teacher Retreats
  • Mindful Practices Wellness Guide Cooling Down Your Classroom visits the U.S. Department of Education
  • Carla Tantillo featured in Origin Magazine
  • Cultivate a relaxed, positive learning environment for your students!Contact Mindful Practices to find out how to decrease behavior referrals and increase student test scores by integrating a yoga-centered wellness routine into your classroom.
  • Chicago Fire Foundation - P.L.A.Y.S. Curriculum
  • Introducing Mindful Practices' Definitive Wellness Classroom Management Guide - Buy Now!
  • Yoga as an indoor recess solution. Your new favorite rainy-day, indoor recess activity!
  • Mindful Practices team members teaching yoga to the attendees at Namaste Charter School Health Fair
  • Healthy Schools Campains Fit To Learn Professional Development Program Facilitated by Mindful Practices
  • Learn how to implement a yoga pose sequence in your classroom to prime and ready students for learning!
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Mindful Practices empowers teachers and students through social-emotional learning, wellness and yoga to create a more effective educational environment.

Mindful Practices brings a student-centered and culturally relevant approach to wellness education. The organization features educators, social workers, dancers and administrators who display versatility in their approach to engaging teachers, students and communities from all walks of life.

Our Programs

Mindful Practices offers extensive and engaging programming for school districts, such as recess, after school and social-emotional learning programs, and professional development workshops.

Cooling Down Your Classroom Curriculum Guide

Mindful Practices definitive yoga and wellness classroom management guide offers over 190 pages of Yoga-centered wellness designed for teachers interested in cultivating a relaxed classroom environment. Strategies teach students skills that help them recognize and mindfully address their internal and external stressors, thus encouraging higher productivity and focused classroom behavior.

Bring wellness and yoga to your classroom today!

Quiet a rowdy classroom. Energize drowsy students. Relax, breath, and return to a positive learning environment in minutes.


  • Carla Tantillo will be presenting at the National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference

    July 5, 2014
    NAESP 2014 Conference Logo

    Mindful Practices is pleased to announce that founder Carla Tantillo will be presenting at the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

    Sitting is Destroying our Students Brains! Getting Them Up Off Their Derrieres. | Thursday, July 10th from 3:15 – 4:45: Physical activity in the classroom helps activate the brain, improve on-task behavior during academic instruction time, and increases daily physical activity levels. An easy way to get exercise is by building in natural movement breaks throughout the day. When students are physically active, they are more ready to learn.

    Administrator Self-Care: Taking Care of YOU! | Saturday, July 12th from 10:15 – 11:45: You are a school administrator. You are on duty 52 weeks a year, 24 hours a day, 1440 minutes each day. You are connected to your laptop, iPad, tablet and iPhone. You are on constant overload. This highly interactive session will give you strategies to take care of YOU!

  • Teacher Tip: Yoga Fitness Station PE Activity

    July 1, 2014

    Carla Tantillo recently spoke at the 2014 CEC conference in Philadelphia where Josh Wigen, Physical Education Teacher at Riverside Youth Correctional Facility in Boulder, MT was in attendance. Carla's talk inspired Mr. Wigen to create his own PE activity for his students. We we're thrilled to hear of the success of Josh’s Fitness Station Activity using our very own Large Yoga Pose Cards and are very grateful to have the opportunity to share the activity on our website.


    If you’ve created programs inspired by our Yoga materials, reach out, we would love to hear from you and share your activities with our community.

    Read on to find out how implement a Yoga Fitness Station!

  • Spring Teacher Retreat – 2014

    April 14, 2014

    Join Mindful Practices for an intensive training weekend in the art of integrating wellness and yoga into your classroom! All participants will receive a copy of our book Cooling Down Your Classroom, a teacher-friendly guide to incorporating wellness and SEL into the classroom.

    Get all the details here!

  • Resilience: It’s a Practice article is up on The Whole Child Blog

    October 15, 2013

    Carla Tantillo and Lara Veon have written another very informative blog article for the Whole Child blog discussing resilience. In the article Carla and Lara discuss five strategies for integrating resiliency development into the classroom: create safety and structure, incremental and attainable goals, connectedness, opportunities for reflection and modeling resiliency.

    Read the full article over and The Whole Child blog and learn five effective strategies to integrate resilience into your classroom.

  • Cooling Down Your Classroom Goes to Washington

    September 9, 2013

    Arne Duncan, our nation's dedicated Secretary of Education, mailed Mindful Practices’ founder, Carla Tantillo, a thoughtful note after receiving a copy of our book, Cooling Down Your Classroom. The entire Mindful Practices team is truly honored. A big thank you to Brenda Girton-Mitchell and Arne Duncan.

    Cooling Down Your Classroom visits the Department of Education

    If you are interested in learning how to cultivate a positive learning environment through wellness and yoga, pick up a copy of Cooling Down Your Classroom today.

  • Chicago Summer of Learning Cool & Calm Yoga Badge

    July 8, 2013

    Mindful Practices is excited to team up with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Summer of Learning 2013 initiative. Mindful Practices will teach program participants many different yoga poses and flow sequences and the opportunity to earn the Cool & Calm Yoga badge. The Chicago Summer of Learning badges are digital records of skills, achievements and participation. More than 100 organizations across the city have joined forces to integrate learning into summer activities for youth of all ages in every Chicago neighborhood. Continue reading about the Cool & Calm Yoga badge

    Visit Chicago Summer of Learning Website

  • Classroom Wellness Made Easy [VIDEO WEBINAR]

    May 31, 2013

    Mindful Practices' founder Carla Tantillo teamed up with Chicago Public Schools to create this webinar that discusses how to build a successful wellness program in a school setting. What do you do when students cannot go outside for recess? How do you teach students to learn to keep their cool in high stress situations? Watch Carla's CPS webinar and learn about the following things: Social Emotional Learning, indoor recess strategies, integrating physical activity in the classroom, teacher wellness, student wellness, classroom relaxation techniques and stress reduction strategies.

    Watch the webinar and learn how to bring wellness to your classroom

  • Mindful Practices is so excited to be a part of Yoga Rocks the Park!

    May 20, 2013

    Mindful Practices is so excited to be a part of Yoga Rocks the Park! Mindful Practices empowers teachers and students through yoga and wellness to create a better learning environment. Through programs like CoolCorps, Cool and Calm Yoga, Hip-Hop Yoga, Kindness Lab, Yoga Defense, YogaPoms, and YogaBeat, Mindful Practices brings a student-centered and culturally relevant approach to wellness education. Participants at Yoga Rocks the Park will experience the instructors of Mindful Practices who display versatility in their approach to engaging youth and communities from all walks of life. We believe everyone has the knowledge, resources and opportunities to be physically and mentally well and to achieve their highest potential. Let's get ready to have some fun!

    View Full Yoga Rocks The Park Schedule

  • Mindful Practices Helps Chicago Fire Foundation Launch P.L.A.Y.S. Program

    March 28, 2013

    Chicago Fire Foundation's - P.L.A.Y.S Logo Mindful Practices is pleased to share the announcement for the launch of the Chicago Fire Foundation P.L.A.Y.S. program (Participate, Learn, Achieve Youth Soccer), a first of its kind program that integrates soccer with social and emotional learning. In collaboration with World Sport Chicago, the Chicago Fire Foundation, Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), University of North Carolina, and The University of Chicago, Mindful Practices developed the social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that focuses on using sport to instill "grit" as a means to grow social and emotional learning skills of youth.

    The 10-week P.L.A.Y.S. program will kickoff in eight AUSL schools throughout Chicago.

    Visit Chicago Fire Foundation's Website for Full Program Details

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Recent Photos

  • Group photo of Mindful Practices' Summer Teacher Retreat 2014 Participants
  • Group photo of Mindful Practices' Summer Teacher Retreat 2014 Participants
  • CICS Bucktown students enhancing their literacy skills in today's after school program by creating games with yoga cards & alphabet dice. A fusion of critical thinking and physical movement!
  • The whole team at Mindful Practices gathered at their annual Fall team retreat. These are some talented and dedicated people. It's going to be an amazing year!
  • Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013 Daily Schedule
  • One of Ericka Lashley's warm inspirational quotes... A great way to start your day!
  • The Tantillo's at Mindful Practices' Fall Employee Retreat
  • Carla and Brian work with their Large Yoga Pose Cards at Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013
  • Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013
  • Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013
  • Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013
  • No screens, please. Natural inspiration flows freely
  • At the end of the retreat team members shared their favorite moments on the Favorite Memories Bulletin Board
  • The team stumbled upon this during a retreat hike in Michigan; it reminded us how nature brings out the extraordinary in all living beings. Namaste!
  • Yoga Freeze... In probably the coolest spot in Chicago!
  • Happy - smiling - little yogis!
  • Carla with MP's staff member Britton having fun at the Academy for Global Citizenship fund raiser.
  • Professional Development participants learning cotton ball breathing.
  • Mindful Practices helping a classroom cool down with yoga
  • Mindful Practices Team Member Isabelle teaching a Hip-HopYoga class to students
  • Teachers Participating in Yoga and Wellness Education
  • One of Mindful Practices' Yoga Wellness programs in action
  • Writing PD postcards at Sandoval Elementary
  • Goal setting en español
  • Hope Institute Chicago - Students love Yoga Day
  • Mindful Practices 2013 Admin Team Member Retreat
  • Mindful Practices 2013 Admin Team Member Retreat
  • Mindful Practices 2013 Admin Team Member Retreat
  • Calm Student Practicing Yoga
  • Goal setting with Early Learning teachers in Northbrook
  • Happy - smiling - little yogi!