Mindfulness Matters in Schools Teacher Training

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.

Mindfulness in schools is becoming more and more popular. Because students and educators experience enormous amounts of stress, many schools are embracing Mindfulness practices and curriculums as an antidote to the many competing pressures. Mindfulness gives students and teachers the tools to better understand themselves and their experiences, fosters their overall well-being, and allows a greater capacity for compassion, empathy and resilience.



Yoga Haven’s Mindfulness Matters™ in Schools Teacher Training will give you the tools you need to bring these practices to your students, grades pre-K through 12. This 12 hour, weekend program will include a study of the neuroscience of mindfulness, coupled with an exploration and experience of the practice in its many forms.   Together we will build a wonderful toolkit full of knowledge and practices to bring into our lives and back to our schools.

Join us at Yoga Haven’s stunning and inviting Scarsdale studio. This premiere studio has created, sustained and supported Mindfulness practices for many years, and proudly brings these practices to our area’s educators. Give yourself and your students the gift of training in this haven. Whether you’re just beginning or furthering your studies, Yoga Haven’s well-equipped studio will be the perfect location for your training.


classroom_yoga_mindful_listeningMindfulness Matters™ in Schools Teacher Training will include:

  • The benefits of Mindfulness
  • The neuroscience of the practice
  • The negative effects of technology use
  • Deep experiential practice, including yoga, chair yoga, breath work and meditation
  • A study of age-appropriate practices that can be brought to your students and practiced in your own day-to-day life
  • Resources to enhance and deepen your study and practice
  • Skill building, learning-by-doing and trouble-shooting
  • Manual


Who is this training for?

The training is for current classroom teachers, school staff and/or administrators, grades Pre-K though 12.  This workshop is also appropriate for parents of school age children who would like to learn more about mindfulness and using these techniques with their children.  The weekend is an opportunity for those interested in beginning or deepening their practice and developing or enhancing their toolkit for bringing Mindfulness to their students.


Weekend Overview:
Next Training Dates, April 27 – 29

FRIDAY, 6-9pm

Opening The Door To Mindfulness

Study the basic neuroscience behind the practice and benefits of Mindfulness.  Learn how we can apply this, together with our students, to manage life’s stress and challenges.

SATURDAY, 2:30-6:30pm

A Mindful Classroom Begins With A Mindful Teacher

Experience the practice of yoga as moving meditation followed by a sitting meditation.

The Mind/Body Experience In A Technological Age

While Technology can be one of our most critical educational tools, overuse and misuse can have far-reaching effects. Examine the effects of technology’s overload on an ancient nervous system and leave with a set of daily practices for both you and your students. 

SUNDAY, 1:30-6pm

Building A Toolkit

Living with present awareness takes practice.  Bringing it into the classrooms takes courage and skill.  Together, we will build a toolkit to take the practice into our daily lives and into our classrooms, one breath at a time.  Educators will leave with a set of best practices and a readiness to bring the practice from the studio into the classroom.

Program Fee:  $295
(Discounts available for schools enrolling 5 or more teachers.)

Instructor Bios:

clareClare Mottola has been practicing yoga and mindfulness since 2008. When not teaching at Yoga Haven, Clare chairs the Theatre and Dance Department at The Fieldston School, where in 2014 she co-created and implemented their Mindfulness Initiative. What started as a high school science class, has flourished into a school-wide program. Clare has studied with Jack Kornfield and Dan Siegel, and studied school-specific mindfulness curriculum through Mindful Schools. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification and Kids Yoga Certification at Yoga Haven where she now leads the Kids Yoga Teacher Training and is part of the annual 200 Hour Teacher Training team.

UnknownPalma Repole began her study of mindfulness practice at the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York City in 2000.  Over the years, she has studied with many great teachers, including S. N. Goenka, Pema Chödrön, Jack Kornfield, Dan Seigel, and Sharon Salzberg.  Palma has taught Biology for 20 years, incorporating the scientific findings of mindfulness practice and neuroplasticity into her curriculum.  In 2014, Palma was instrumental in bringing mindfulness practice to her community at the Fieldston School and along with her colleague, Clare Mottola, co-teaches a course to high school seniors in the Art and Science of Mindfulness.