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Structured programs designed for students and athletes to learn and practice mindfulness in their day-to-day lives.

What is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is being fully present in the moment, aware of our thoughts and feelings but not judging them or allowing them to distract us. This allows us to have a measured, appropriate response to the things happening around us instead of reacting based on our stress or anxiety.

Mindfulness gives us the tools to recognize and move past negative self-talk while training our brains to embrace mistakes as exciting opportunities for personal growth. In this way, being mindful boosts our confidence and leads to more positive thoughts and emotions.

Mindfulness cultivates....

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Emotional awareness

Acknowledge your thoughts and emotions, concentrating on the positive and moving past the negative.

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Self-acceptance

Create a positive cycle of self-talk and acceptance, turning negative thoughts into productive ones.

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Purposeful focus

Use steady, measured breathing techniques to focus your mind and your body in the moment.

Mindfulness Programs

Using the most up-to-date research on mindfulness and best practices of learning, we’ve created mindfulness programs for students and athletes across a range of ages and situations. Our programs use a variety of age-appropriate learning techniques, like instructional videos, journaling, and art- and music-based exercises to teach the concepts of mindfulness.

Sports & School Program

This 12-week program is designed for students and athletes ages 7 to 14. It’s perfect for the classroom or team setting and can be implemented immediately – no training for the teacher or coach necessary.

Could your team or students benefit from mindfulness?

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High Performance Program

This program is designed for athletes who are ready to take their performance to the next level – individually or as a team. Created for high school, university, and professional athletes, the High Performance program combines mindfulness training with personal growth to develop not only the athlete, but the person.

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At-Home Learning Program

COVID-19 has brought much change and stress to our lives, particularly for young children. We designed this free mindfulness program to help kids manage stress and anxiety, all from the safety and comfort of home.

If the young person in your life is feeling some stress, give mindfulness a try – it’s free!

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How does it work?

The Mindful Project uses best practices of learning and the most current mindfulness research when creating our programs. We know that we tend to remember 50 percent of what we see and hear, 70 percent of what we say and write, and 90 percent of what we do. That’s why each of our programs uses a variety of learning techniques, including instructional videos, journaling, breathing exercising, and more. Every aspect of each program has been intentionally designed around the needs of athletes, students, teachers, and coaches:

Turn-key Operation

Teachers and coaches don’t need any training to implement our programs. They are completely turn-key, removing many barriers of time and cost.

Based in Research

Co-founder Dr. Rachel Lindvall has spent years researching the different ways people learn. The Mindful Project has been carefully built around that knowledge.

Designed with Experience

Co-founder Erin McLeod’s multiple Olympics, Women’s World Cups, and decades of professional play bring real-world experience to our programs.

Why does mindfulness matter?

Mindfulness has a host of benefits for people of all ages. For students and athletes in particular, mindfulness can help improve and increase:

  • Self-compassion and positive self-talk

  • Compassion and empathy for others

  • Self-confidence

  • Feelings of community among classmates and teammates

Mindfulness also helps manage and decrease:

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Symptoms of depression

  • Behavior issues

  • Incidents of bullying

What do others have to say?

Athletes reported that, after just 6 weeks of using The Mindful Project, they experienced:

  • 2.19 times less anxiety

  • 2.44 times less stress

  • 2.24 times higher quality of life

when compared to their peers. The athletes also felt that practicing daily mindfulness improved their quality of sleep, emotional control, and confidence, and helped create a positive attitude and feelings of calmness.

After 6 weeks of The Mindful Project, athletes felt over 200% less anxiety, over 200% less stress, and more than doubled their quality of life.

Students described themselves as calmer, more under control, and more willing to help their fellow classmates. They also noted that mindfulness made them more optimistic about their future, and that they actually looked forward to their mindfulness training sessions!

Teachers reported that their classes seemed more relaxed, focused, and had fewer behavioral issues after practicing mindfulness. The students had noticeably improved academic performance and emotional regulation, as well as increased compassion and confidence.

Parents noticed that their kids were able to apply mindfulness techniques at home. When a stressful situation occurred, the kids were able to pause, take a breath, and shift their perspective to create a less emotional, more positive reaction.

What do the Pros have to say?

“As athletes we spend a lot of time thinking about our bodies, but we don’t give enough attention to our minds. I believe athletes of all skill levels, and people from all walks of life, can benefit from mindfulness and The Mindful Project.”

Ali Riley

Professional Soccer Player
New Zealand National Team, Orlando Pride

“The Mindful Project was a key tool we offered our players at Orlando Pride during our season prep. Using mindfulness to silence the noise and calm the mind was so important. It’s part of my routine, and now I educate young players in adding mindfulness to theirs.”

Ivi Casagrande

Strength & Conditioning Coach, Sports Scientist
U.S. Soccer, Orlando Pride

“The Mindful Project is extremely helpful to me, not only as an athlete but as a person. I find that mindfulness calms me down, helps me recenter, and allows me to reflect on what is really important.”

Toni Pressley

Professional Soccer Player
Orlando Pride

“The Mindful Project is such an amazing tool for becoming more present, in sports and in everyday life. The techniques I learned help me to be less judgmental of my own thoughts. It brought me more peace, and in my experience a person at peace is able to perform even better.”

Shelina Zadorsky

Professional Soccer Player
Canadian National Team, Orlando Pride
Who we are

The Co-founders

The founding brains behind The Mindful Project belong to a professional soccer player, two-time Olympian and four-time FIFA Women’s World Cup competitor; and a university professor and women’s soccer coach with a Doctorate in Mindfulness Research.

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Rachel and Erin, the co-founders of the mindful project