Mindfulness and the Brain

Studies have shown that when we are stressed, certain portions of our brain are inactivated, and the Amygdala (a very old region of the brain associated with fear, negative emotions and emotions in general) takes over. Mindfulness practice can help us overcome stress and anxiety by decoupling the Amygdala from the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, which processes conflict and ongoing states. This helps mitigate the effects of stress and allows us to better regulate our thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness can also improve our ability to focus, reason clearly, and self-regulate. MRI's have shown that mindfulness can activate the Prefrontal Cortex (in charge of regulating thoughts) and the Posterior Cingulate Cortex (associated with mind-wandering, self-referential thought processes, and memory recollection).

Benefits of Mindfulness-Based Strategies

The benefits of mindfulness-based relaxation response strategies have been studied and validated by decades of research in and outside of educational settings.

Why Mindfulness In School?

In today’s world, the stressors of daily life can cause children and adults alike to feel frustrated, overwhelmed and anxious.

Calm Classroom provides practical mindfulness-based tools to help us manage stress and achieve emotional well-being throughout the day by activating the body’s relaxation response. When we’re feeling focused, relaxed and energized, we are empowered.

The Impact of Calm Classroom is Real

Calm Classroom data shows a range of positive outcomes in students and educators across school communities.


Calmer and more peaceful after practicing Calm Classroom.

Better able to regulate emotions.

More engaged and learning-ready after practicing.

Enjoy practicing Calm Classroom.


Experienced a reduction in stress and anxiety.

Felt more aware of their thoughts and emotions.

Felt more physically relaxed.

Felt that Calm Classroom is effective.

*2020 results from 3283 teachers who implemented Calm Classroom in Chicago and Jacksonville public schools.
**2020-2021 results from 1316 teachers who implemented Calm Classroom in Chicago Public Schools

View Our Teacher Survey Results

Calm Classroom provides students and teachers with a positive proactive approach to supporting mental health and boosting engagement. Download one of our teacher survey reports to see the impact of Calm Classroom!

Calm Classroom Testimonials

“I have seen many programs come and go in the Chicago Public Schools and Calm Classroom is one of the few that I embrace with my whole heart. It is intentional, well researched, and consistent. The message is simple and elegant. It works.”

“The few, but powerful, minutes of Calm Classroom every morning and afternoon are some of the most meaningful, stress-free moments in each of our school days.”

“I believe Calm Classroom has helped the overall environment of the classroom. It keeps me calm when I feel rushed or stressed and makes me recognize my own emotions. I think the students feel better when they have a chance to take a breath and relax their mind.”

“I teach students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. To watch my students execute Calm Classroom is absolutely AMAZING! It REALLY helps them regulate their frustrations and anxieties.”

Calm Classroom has changed the whole dynamic of my classroom. My children are able to self-regulate their emotions more easily.”