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 better learning 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
March 28, 2013
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.
March 14, 2013
Yogainmyschool.com recently reviewed Mindful Practices’ yoga and wellness classroom management guide, Cooling Down Your Classroom. Here's what they had to say, "WOW! Cooling Down Your Classroom by Carla Tantillo (of Mindful Practices) is a highly impressive school resource which makes it easy to integrate yoga skills into the classroom. As soon as I opened the 190+ page book I was greeted by a plethora of lessons plans and worksheets which can be immediately used in the classroom. Upon delving further I was impressed with the clear layout and fun graphics along with a wealth of substantiating information and resources of the benefits of yoga for school aged children."
Head on over to YogaInMySchool.com to read the full Cooling Down Your Classroom book review and enter to win a copy of the book. The giveaway entry deadline is Friday, March 22 at 9:00 PM MST.
March 7, 2013
Mindful Practices is very pleased to announce that our founder, Carla Tantillo, has been featured in the March/April 2013 edition of Origin Magazine! Head to your local Whole Foods or Barnes and Noble, pick up a copy and flip the magazine open to page 60. Carla appears alongside fellow yogis interested in making a positive impact on the world in the Community Leaders: What’s Your Vision? section.
All of us at Mindful Practices would like to thank Origin Magazine for shining the spotlight on our vision in this month’s issue. We are truly grateful and honored!
You can pick up the physical magazine at Whole Foods or Barnes & Noble. You can purchase the digital copy on Origin Magazine’s website
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- 7/15/14 – 7/17/14
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