George Lucas Educational Foundation

Abby Wills

Co-founder of Shanti Generation and mindfulness educator for 15+ years.

I've taught mindfulness education in schools, community centers and yoga studios for the past 15+ years. In 2009, I co-founded Shanti Generation in response to a need for youth-centric yoga and mindfulness resources. We merge simplified yogic techniques in a progressive, developmental style of education that meets social, emotional, mental and physical needs of young people. Through teen yoga DVDs and educator guides, we help teachers bring these ideas to the classroom to foster better learning environments. I studied social justice and democratic education at Pacific Oaks College, as well as two decades of training in yoga. I'm a mother of two lively boys and live with my husband in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California. You can learn more about me and my work at

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  • Mindfulness

    Applying Mindfulness to Mundane Classroom Tasks

    By adding a fun, creative element of focus and stillness to a classroom routine, you can help your students learn to appreciate and practice self-regulation.
  • Mindfulness

    Shared Mindfulness: Building Supportive Relationships in the Classroom

    By pairing students to sit back to back and focus on their breathing, you can help them develop a sense of mutuality and social awareness.