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 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.
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  • 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 yoga and wellness 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.

News

  • SEL Teacher Retreat

    Posted on: April 16, 2015
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    Join Mindful Practices for an all-day SEL Teacher Retreat to learn the art of integrating SEL, Wellness & Yoga strategies into your daily classroom routine.

    The workshop will include proven SEL classroom techniques to create stronger student self-awareness and social skills, effective classroom Yoga Activities to bring more movement into the daily learning environment, teacher self care techniques that will empower you to teach from and much more.

    Full Details

  • SEL, Relaxation & Yoga Teacher Workshop

    Posted On: February 25, 2015

    Mindful Practices will be hosting an innovative teacher workshop covering a variety of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Relaxation & Yoga topics and techniques on Saturday, 3/28 from 2:30–4:30pm

    The workshop will be highly interactive and experiential with attendees learning new and innovative SEL and movement strategies to incorporate into the classroom. The workshop will also provide data-driven information on how SEL and movement can positively impact any learning environment.

    Full Details

  • Now Hiring Instructors for Spring & Fall 2015

    February 6, 2015
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    Mindful Practices works with schools to empower teachers and students through Social-Emotional Learning, Wellness and Yoga strategies to create a more effective learning environment.

    We continue to grow our business and are currently hiring!

    We need:

    • Part-time instructors this spring to teach our after school programming in the Chicagoland area.
    • Full & Part-time Instructors to teach our social-emotional learning (SEL) programming this fall. (Training will begin this spring!)

    Join our talented team by applying today! | View Job Description

  • Chicago City of Learning: Destination Chicago

    January 21, 2015
    Chicago City of Learning: Destination Chicago

    Join Mindful Practices team member Ericka Lashley at Chicago City of Learning: Destination Chicago where she will be leading Hip-Hop Yoga workshops all day to students, families, etc. Chicago City of Learning is a FREE day of hands-on exploration, learning and fun for all ages. Try your hand at video, science, arts, crafts, coding, design and more. Hope to see you there!

    More Details | Register Here

  • Yoga in the Schools Symposium

    January 20, 2015
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    Mindful Practices' founder Carla Tantillo is excited to announce that she will be on the program committee for this year's Yoga in the Schools Symposium. Join her at the lovely Kripalu Yoga and Retreat Center to build inspiration, understanding, and collaboration as everyone works toward the shared goal of bringing the transformative practice of yoga to as many young people as possible.

    Full Details | Register Here

  • Yoga in Schools: Where Inclusivity and Social-Emotional Learning Intersect

    September 10, 2014
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    Mindful Practices' founder Carla Tantillo just posted an article on Social-Emotional Learning on Council for Exceptional Children's blog. Here's a snippet of the post:

    Some of the most powerful moments when including yoga in our classrooms happen as students set their intentions for what they wish to ‘let go’ or ‘change’ in the world around them. I’ve heard no bullying and more kindness uttered as desires – and once to the delight of his class, a student set the intention for extra curly fries at lunch. Be it serious or silly, it’s inspiring to observe young people use yoga as a tool to help them reflect on and navigate their ever-changing worlds. Often the image we see in the media of kids practicing yoga includes cute and contented little ones balancing on one leg in tree pose or meditating with an adoring teacher looking on. While this image isn’t completely inaccurate – after all, yoga kids are cute and their teachers do typically adore them – it doesn’t fully depict deep contextual undercurrents that speak to our students’ social-emotional learning needs.

    Continue reading the article on Council for Exceptional Children's blog

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

    July 5, 2014
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    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!

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  • 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!
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  • Carla and Brian work with their Large Yoga Pose Cards at Mindful Practices Fall Employee Retreat 2013
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  • 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
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  • Goal setting with Early Learning teachers in Northbrook
  • Happy - smiling - little yogi!