Moving and Learning Residencies were created after hearing from teachers and therapists that live demonstrations in the classrooms were so helpful in creating sustainable practices. The program has been implemented into 278 classrooms, reaching over 7,784 students to-date.

Moving and Learning Residencies are a proactive behavioral intervention to help meet the physical, emotional and mental health needs of students. The program consists of core practices and strategies to promote self-regulation, focus, attention and connection to others. The use of breathing techniques, yoga-based movement, social/emotional learning activities and guided relaxation supports students as they learn to manage emotions, transitions and reduce anxiety. This holistic approach supports learning and student achievement. Educators also benefit through the use of these integrative tools both personally and professionally.

Residency Program Structure

Each residency site is provided with a Yoga Calm® Certified Youth Instructor, assigned for five consecutive sessions.

The school chooses four to six classrooms to participate in this Residency. Schools may also choose to purchase a package that is custom designed to include classrooms, small group sessions or 1:1 work.

The primary funding for St. Paul, District 196 and Dakota Country Schools came through State Health Improvement Grants and Local Collaborative Time Study Grants.


What is a Moving and Learning Residency?

Moving and Learning Residency is a pro-active behavioral intervention. 1000 Petals LLC provides a Yoga Calm® Certified Youth Instructor to coach and co-facilitate mindfulness lesson/activities. The Instructor will help facilitate the Tier 1 interventions for all students and provide guidance with students needing more support. The Moving and Learning Residency is offered to students throughout the school day as a way to learn skills to develop self regulation, manage strong emotions and build physical and emotional strength. This integrated approach to wellness uses yoga-based movement, breathing techniques, social/emotional skill development, mindfulness, and storytelling to meet children’s emotional, physical and mental needs.

What are the benefits of the Moving and Learning Residency?

The goal is to integrate the Move Mindfully curriculum through a supportive coaching approach that will ultimately create sustainability. The Moving and Learning model has been used by many educators, parents and therapists throughout Minnesota. Supported by the latest research in neuroscience, trauma and social/emotional learning, the curriculum creates optimal learning environments that improve children’s focus, behavioral skills, physical health and emotional stability. Students will:

  • Learn simple relaxation techniques to help the them calm the body and manage strong emotions
  • Practice positive thinking – helping students gain confidence in their abilities
  • Learn physical exercises that increase concentration and self regulation
  • Have the opportunity to express feelings and be active – strong feelings are moved through the body in the physical exercises
  • Develop community and group support, have opportunities to lead and follow, and learn to support other student’s accomplishments

What does the Moving and Learning Residency look like?

Here are some examples of what our Instructors will infuse into your instruction.

PreK Lesson

3rd Grade

After Recess


Are there prerequisites?

It is highly recommend that before a school participates in a residency, their staff will participate in a 1-hour training session.

How does this fit into our current school improvement plan?

The Moving and Learning curriculum is already seamlessly integrated into PBIS, RTI Zones of Regulation, Responsive Classroom and Second Step.

What is the time commitment?

The typical residency is 5 weeks, however we can customize programming for schools upon request.

What is the cost and what is included?

The price is $400 per classroom (for five 30 minute sessions) plus $175 for Residency Teacher Meeting. This includes supplies, follow up and individualized coaching.

What kind of results do schools see?

Principals share the positive results they have experienced with the Moving and Learning Residency.

Contact with further questions.

Moving and Learning Participating Schools

St. Paul

  • Elementary Schools
    • Adam’s Spanish Immersion
    • Battle Creek
    • Capitol Hill
    • Cherokee  Heights
    • Groveland
    • Frost Lake
    • Horace Mann
    • Linwood Monroe (including ECSE)
    • Randolf Heights
    • Wellstone
  • Middle Schools
    • Farnsworth Aerospace Magnet
    • Highland Park Middle
    • Ramsey
    • Parkview Montessori
    • Linwood Monroe
  • Special Education
    • Bridgeview
    • Focus Beyond
    • The Lab
    • River East

District 196

  • Elementary Schools
    • Cedar Park
    • Diamond Path
    • Echo Park
    • Glacier Hills
    • Greenleaf
    • Parkview Westview
    • Oak Ridge Elementary
    • Southview Elementary
    • Thomas Lake
    • Westview
  • Middle Schools
    • Rosemount
    • Falcon Ridge
    • Blackhawk
    • Dakota Ridge
  • High School
    • School of Environmental Studies High School
    • Rosemount High School

Special Ed Self-Contained School

  • Dakota Ridge


  • Fair Oaks

Mendota Heights

  • Garlough Environmental


  • Kenny Sheridan Whittier

St. Louis Park

  • Aquilla

Bring the Moving & Learning Residency to your school/therapeutic setting

Want to learn more about what you can bring with Moving and Learning Residencies to your school/therapeutic setting? Please contact us below and we will be in touch.

Moving & Learning Residency

Meet the team

Moving and Learning Residencies

School Residencies

Katie Thune, MA Ed., RYT

Katie has had over 20 years experience working with students with and without disabilities. For the past 6 years she has had experience with yoga-based interventions and mindfulness for people with disabilities.

She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education: Developmental Disabilities.

She received her RYT-200 training through Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis and Yoga Calm training with 1000-Petals in Saint Paul.

Sarah Dutton

Sarah Dutton from The Virtuous Circle, is a healthy school day consultant. She educates and coaches school staff on the implementation of active school day strategies like Active Recess, walking clubs, mindful movement, and activity breaks. She is passionate about helping schools keep kids active and doing it in a way that empowers staff members to tailor the activities to suit the needs of their own school community.

She also works with a variety of youth-based groups that seek to infuse mindfulness into their work with students, such as faith-based organizations, Community Education programs and Park and Recreation education.

The approach that Sarah shares with educators is based on research that has shown a direct link between healthy bodies and healthy minds. With increased physical activity and mindful practices comes a balance of awareness and focus that leads to greater success in school, and in life, for students.Sarah is also an AADP certified Health Coach, a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor

Sarah is also an AADP certified Health Coach, a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor, and Satya Worldwide certified Mindfulness Instructor for Children.

Kaye Standke

Kaye Standke is forever grateful for the benefits yoga provides her with on a daily basis.

Kaye is so happy to be a part of the Yoga Calm family.  Kaye teaches yoga to a wide range of students from preschool age to adult and everyone in between.  She is currently teaching Yoga Calm at a Children’s Hospital Mental Health Units, and doing short sessions at local schools within the classroom setting.

Kaye is a 200 hour registered yoga instructor since 2006. In addition Kaye has been a special education teacher for the past 11 years, and has received her masters degree in School Counseling in 2013. She is currently working part time as a school counselor, and her new full time plus job of “mommy” keeps her busy and content.

You can catch Kaye teaching yoga at preschools, schools, hospital, Corepower Yoga Edina, and Blooma Minneapolis on a regular basis.

Pati Richards

Pati has worked in a Minnesota school district for over 15 years as a licensed Parent Educator and has been a Family Literacy Coordinator for over 10 years. She is a certified Yoga Calm Instructor, has studied yoga in both India and the US where she has completed her 235hr Yoga Teacher Training,  340 hour Yoga Teacher Training, and Yoga Therapy with Dr Indu Arora. She has also been trained in Pre-Natal Yoga, is a Reiki Master, Studied Thai Yoga Bodywork both in Minnesota and Thailand, has an Ayuvedic Certification, and studied Essential Oils through Normandale and C.A.R.E. Pati enjoys working with both children and adults in private and group settings, runs kid’s yoga camps, and continuing learning new ideas to strengthen her teaching.

Hospital Residencies

Chrissy Mignogna, ERYT 200

Chrissy is a Certified Yoga Calm Trainer and instructor. She trains teachers to use the Yoga Calm curriculum in their classrooms. She also teaches Yoga Calm in adolescent and children’s mental health units at University of Minnesota Medical Center and visits various schools as a resident Yoga Calm teacher. Chrissy also teaches adults and seniors yoga through her company, Winged Heart Yoga.

Cori Levin

Cori is a certified Yoga Calm Youth Instructor. She is an independent and creative teacher who imparts her passion to her students and clients in the community. She relates to her students in a caring and nurturing way, helping them tap into their own hearts for healing. She brings forward a free spirited approach to her family and work, which serves as the foundation of her practice.

Cori attends births as a birth doula. To complement her prenatal teaching, she incorporates Thai Yoga Bodywork and Reiki Master trained credentials as essential components of the healing process.

Advisory Team

Lynn Hernandez

Lynn has worked in public education for over 20 years as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and is currently a principal in the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan school district. She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, a teaching license from Concordia University-Oregon, and  a master’s in Education and an Administrative license from Hamline University. She is also a certified Yoga Calm instructor and is certified at the 200 hour level in Soma Yoga.  Lynn is committed to educating adults and youth about the transformative and healing power of yoga.
Lynn Hernandez pictured with Pam Heldeman, School Administrator and Yoga Calm Certified Youth Instructor

Julie Delene

Julie Delene provides a proven, powerful approach to strengthen, energize and align business leaders and teams. She synthesizes more than two decades as a strategic management consultant with extensive studies in mindfulness and ballroom dance. Her fresh approach brings clarity, inspiration, fun and awareness within ourselves for enhanced relationships and teamwork. It aligns vision and purpose, while co-creating a new dance of interconnection.

Jackie Levin, M.A.

Leadership Guide | Professional Development Program Designer | Social Entrepreneur

Working in business and public education settings over the past 39 years, Jackie Levin has designed a wealth of products and programs that inspire individuals and teams to bring their full expression into “work life” and “life work.” In 1985 Jackie co-founded AbleNet, Inc. and led the development of assistive technology products and curriculum that has provided a means of independence and fulfillment for individuals with disabilities worldwide.

In 2004 Jackie co-designed The Butterfly Peace Path labyrinth with William Grace Frost. Jackie’s Butterfly Peace Path curricular resources and collaborative partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations have created a powerful context for educators, families, social service providers, and clients to foster learning and wellness through stress reduction, conflict resolution, life balance and healing.

Jackie’s work to engage urban and suburban youth (elementary through high school age) and young adults in transition is evident through programs she has designed and implemented with hundreds of individuals over the past nine years. She currently co-convenes the SANKOFA  Leadership Group for middle school African American girls.

Nimi Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.

Nimi is an Assistant professor and Division Head of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, did a residency in Pediatrics and International Child Health at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and one in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her training with a fellowship in Adolescent medicine. Since completing her medical training, she has pursued training in a number of Integrative medicine therapies, including in Functional Medicine, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Health Realization, Yoga Calm, and Food as Medicine.  In 2006, she received board certification in Integrative Medicine.

Rudolph John Rousseau III

Empowering African American youth and their families is trulyRudy Rousseau’s life work.  His community involvement reflects this commitment.  Rudy is currently Director of School Success Programs, Children and Family Services at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation.  In addition, for the past 23 years, Rudy has led the development and implementation of Wilder’s Kofi Services, a culturally specific, school and home-based program developed to increase the positive functioning of African-American and Hmong youth.

Rudy has been providing therapy to families and individuals for over 30 years, through his private practice with J. Taborn & Associates.  Rudy Rousseau is a leader, a community-builder, a compassionate advocate, and a lover of life.