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State Journal spotlights Breathe For Change work launched by UW-Madison alum Nankin

October 04, 2018

The Wisconsin State Journal recently posted a report about Breathe For Change (B4C), a Madison-based company that’s designed to enhance the health and well-being of teachers, students and school communities through yoga, mindfulness and social-emotional learning.

Breathe for Change was founded by Ilana Nankin, who earned her Ph.D. from the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016.

Ilana Nankin
Ilana Nankin received her Ph.D. from the School of
Education's Department of Curriculum and
The State Journal reports: “The company runs the world’s only 200-hour Wellness and Yoga Teacher Training for Educators, and offers an app with recorded meditations and yoga classes as well as live interactive video sessions with wellness experts. It now employs 20 full-time team members and 125 part-time trainers, and has certified over 2,000 educators positively impacting over 250,000 students across the country.”

The article adds: “Breathe For Change’s leading-edge curriculum empowers educators as wellness champions and agents of social change. The curricular progression begins with Transformation of Self, where teachers learn self-care practices to de-stress and enhance their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. It then moves into Transformation of Relationships, where educators develop skills for cultivating authentic communication and meaningful connection in their lives and classrooms. From there, the curriculum enters Transformation of Community, where participants learn to foster collective well-being and use wellness practices as a vehicle for social change. Last but not least, it concludes its cycle with Integration and Renewal, giving educators the chance to reflect, rejuvenate, and begin anew.”

To learn much more, make sure and read the entire State Journal report for free on this Madison.com web page.

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