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 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.
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.
Quiet a rowdy classroom. Energize drowsy students. Relax, breath, and return to a positive learning environment in minutes.
Posted on: December 1, 2015
Mindful Practices will be hosting its 2nd annual SEL Retreat, and due to popular demand, there will be two Retreats to save on your calendar: Friday, February 5 and Thursday, June 23
Both retreats will be geared toward building personal Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) competency, as well as how to effectively incorporate SEL strategies into the classroom setting.
Posted on: April 16, 2015
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.
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.
February 6, 2015
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!
- 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
January 21, 2015
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!
January 20, 2015
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.
September 10, 2014
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.
Carla Tantillo will be presenting at the National Association of Elementary School Principals Conference
July 5, 2014
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!