CALM BODY, ACTIVE MIND

Mindful Yoga For Elementary Students

Our Mission

  • Provide a deeper understanding of the science of mindfulness and its impact in the classroom

  • Connect educators to research-backed resources

  • Build a network of mindful educators who can teach and learn from each other    

We know you work hard

We want to make your job a little easier.

Every resource on our site was selected for its potential to make a meaningful positive impact on elementary students. Every article, structured program, and classroom resource has been thoroughly vetted and aligns with the science of mindfulness.

With this website, we aim to:

As educators and researchers, we believe that education and neuroscience can – and should - learn from and inform one another. We strive toward a world where mindful practices are incorporated into all aspects of life, including - and especially - educational settings. We see mindfulness as the ultimate tool for human development; through mindful practices, people can take control over their own neural processes. We believe that teachers are uniquely poised to arm students with mindfulness as a tool to enhance their own neural development and life quality.

 
 

Why Mindful Yoga?

Yoga is a form of mindful exercise that has multiple benefits for physical and mental health. Through sustained poses, breath control, and mindful meditation, yoga targets both mind and body.

Benefits for Students

Many researchers have studied the effect of yoga on students' social, emotional, and cognitive abilities. There are many benefits, including improved self-regulatory skills and reduced stress.

Click the circles to read our research summaries.

 
Read the Research

You've read our summaries, but why not go straight to the source?

 
 
Try It Out

Check out some tried-and-true lessons, activities, and videos to use in your classrooms.

Who We Are

Passionate Educators.

 

Experienced Researchers.

Dedicated to improving students' lives.

Marissa Schneider, Ed. M.

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Tori Todd, Ed. M.

As members of the Mind, Brain, and Education program at Harvard Graduate School of Education, we connected as kindred spirits with a passion for mindfulness. Inspired by our coursework, we collaborated to create this site. We hope you find it meaningful and beneficial to your work. Feel free to reach out with any comments, questions, or suggestions you may have for how our site can better serve your needs.

Tori Todd is an instructional coach who works with teachers across the country to personalize instruction and create student-centered classrooms. Before becoming a coach, she taught third grade in North Carolina, where she witnessed the impact that mindful practices can have for young students. She has a B.A. in psychology and English literature from the University of Richmond, and is an alumna of Teach for America.  Tori earned her Ed. M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University in 2018, where she studied the social and emotional factors of learning, and curriculum design.

Marissa began her research career at Boston University where she graduated with Distinction in Psychology and spent her time researching the development of emotional intelligence in children. She went on to conduct research at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Harvard Medical School, where she investigated behavioral and neural changes associated with mindfulness-based interventions. Her work is published in Psychosomatic Medicine. Marissa received her Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University in 2018 where she focused on integrating neuroscience and mindfulness into educational programs of self-improvement.

 

©2018 by Tori Todd and Marissa Schneider.