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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.