Mindfulness and the Brain

Research shows that some parts of the brain are inactivated when we are stressed. The Amygdala, a very old region of the brain associated with fear and negative emotions, takes over.

Mindfulness practice can help us overcome stress and anxiety. Studies show that mindfulness decouples the Amygdala from the Anterior Cingulate Cortex, which processes conflict and ongoing states. In other words, it helps us reduce the effects of stress and manage our thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness can also improve our ability to focus, reason clearly, and self-regulate. MRIs have shown that mindfulness can activate the Prefrontal Cortex, which regulates thoughts. It also activates the Posterior Cingulate Cortex, which regulates mind-wandering, self-referential thought processes, and memory recollection.

How Mindfulness Helps in School Settings

Benefits for Students

Students who use mindfulness techniques have better mental health, cognitive outcomes, and social-emotional skills. These benefits may help them throughout their lives.

  • Improved attention and focus (1)
  • Fewer behavior challenges (2)
  • Greater empathy, compassion, and perspective-taking (3)
  • More emotion regulation (4)
  • Less anxiety and depression (5)
Benefits for Educators

Mindfulness helps teachers improve their mental health and become more effective at their jobs. Randomized controlled trials have found that teachers who try mindfulness enjoy:

  • Less stress (6)
  • Less burnout (7)
  • More emotionally supportive classrooms (8)
  • More organized classrooms (9)
  • More efficacy in their jobs (10)

Bringing Mindfulness to Schools

Calm Classroom provides practical mindfulness-based tools to help us manage stress and achieve emotional well-being throughout the day. Our practices help both students and educators feel focused, relaxed, energized, and empowered.

Calm Classroom Mindfulness Program Results

What Teachers Are Saying About Their Students*
  • 92% say their students are calmer and more peaceful after practicing Calm Classroom.
  • 83% say their students are better able to regulate emotions.
  • 89% say their students are more engaged and learning-ready after practicing.
  • 86% say their students enjoy practicing Calm Classroom.
What Teachers Are Saying About Themselves*
  • 78% experience a reduction in stress and anxiety.
  • 83% feel more aware of their thoughts and emotions.
  • 84% feel more physically relaxed.
  • 92% feel that Calm Classroom is effective.

View Our Teacher Survey Results

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

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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.”