Mindfulness Activities and Teaching Resources

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  • Advice on Teaching Mindfulness
  • Activities for Practicing Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, and Social-Emotional Skills
  • Links to Mindfulness Resources   
  • Links to Resources on Compassion, Social-Emotional Learning, and related topics        

Advice on Teaching Mindfulness 

If you are new to teaching mindfulness and related practices: 
  • You might want to start with Five Senses, Gratitude, or Noncompetitive Games. 
  • If at all possible, please try any activities yourself before teaching them to other people. 
  • Please don't push anyone beyond their comfort level, for example if they don't want to close their eyes during meditation or prefer not to share personal information with the group.   
  • The interviews with experienced mindfulness teachers and teacher trainers give a lot of suggestions for teaching different ages of students in different contexts around the world.
  • I strongly suggest reading at least one of the recommended mindfulness books, which will put the activities in context and help you prepare for the common challenges in teaching mindfulness and compassion, such as working with reluctant students or coping with strong emotions that might come up in meditation. (MindfulTeachers.org receives no financial benefit from books ordered through links on this site.)  
  • You may want to read the following posts before choosing an activity for your class:   


Practicing Mindfulness, Compassion, Gratitude, and Social-Emotional Skills

Present-Moment Awareness 

Body Awareness and Mindful Movement     

Emotions and Thoughts          
Five Senses            
Compassion, Kindness, and Service    

Links to Resources on Mindfulness

Links to Resources on Compassion, Meditation, Social-Emotional Learning, and related topics    

Bullybust.org has film clips about different types of bullying, with discussion questions and teaching guides.   Plus videos of ‘Upstanders’—bystanders who stand up for those who are bullied.

The Center for Adolescent Studies blog:  tips for working with resistant teens, setting appropriate boundaries, deciding when to disclose personal information, etc.     

Classroom Lessons on Social-Emotional Learning and sensitively teaching current and controversial issues, from the Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students: "The site covers a range of grief-related topics to provide training resources specially designed for school professionals."                     

Fables to Grow On, to promote social and emotional learning, as well as literacy skills    

Five Reasons We Can't Ignore Social-Emotional Learning by Sasha Briggs at InformED
Lesson Plans on civil rights, immigration, and discrimination from Teaching Tolerance    

Love Is Respect has resources on healthy relationships vs. dating abuse.
No Stigmas has a directory of mental health resources  and a peer support group.    
Online Yoga Resources for Every Body: This is a list I put together of the best advice on teaching yoga to those of us who don't fit the profile of a "typical" yoga student.  (For example, because of a larger body or a disability.)       

If you like this page, please share it using the social media buttons below. And if you know of additional resources that you'd like to see included on this page, please post a comment or contact me at mindfulteachers[at]gmail[dot]com. (I will only include links to resources related to mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional learning. I don't accept sponsored/affiliate links.)


  1. Some great ideas here, I love Giant Strides, Rainbow Walk and Marble Roll. For some of my own ideas check out my recent blog post Mindfulness in the Classroom: some helpful suggestions http://www.joyfulmind.net.au/blog. And You Tube clip of my colleague Bobbi Allan and me from Mindfulness in Education http://www.mindfuleducation.com.au/ teaching at school last year. Shakti Burke at work in the classroom at Mindfulness in Education at Dunoon Public School https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry-sRjRFIW8.
    Great site, great ideas, wonderful to share. Thank you.

  2. Thanks for sharing these links, Shakti:
    There are some great suggestions for elementary school teachers at http://www.joyfulmind.net.au/blog/mindfulness-in-the-classroom-some-helpful-suggestions

  3. These are wonderful! Permission to use a few of these for a unit plan for high school teachers? I won't be charging anything or making money on it - I just want to spread the word.

    1. This second post is so that comments will get sent to my email. =)

    2. Hi Joshua, I'm delighted that you're finding the activities useful. Permissions are a little complicated because I created some of the activities and others I have permission to post here but not to publish elsewhere---Could you email me at mindfulteachers@gmail.com to discuss this?

  4. Due to a strange html error, this page disappeared a few minutes ago, and I'm trying to figure out what's going on. I will probably need to recreate the whole thing based on an old saved version on my laptop... Thanks for your patience as I get it back online...

    1. I have no idea why, but it seems to be working to strip out the html and have the site automatically re-html itself. (Is there a technical term for that?) In any case, thanks for your patience as I got everything back online. This is by far the most popular page on MindfulTeachers.org, so let's just say this has been a challenging test of my 'mindful breathing'. (I confess that my first response was to yell, "Oh, [drat]!" In a calm and mindful way, of course.)

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  6. I am looking for approximately eight minute long mindful movement videos to show to students in the classroom. Does anyone have suggestions of where I should look?

    1. I'm not sure what age your students are, but here are a couple of possibilities.
      a 9-minute video with yoga for kids:
      an 8-minute video of Thich Nhat Hanh's '10 mindful movements', apparently from Thai television, but with instructions in English:

  7. Great list of resources. It's going to take a while to explore all of these. Bookmarked!

    1. Thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you found this page useful. :-)

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