Breathe For Change is on a mission to foster individual and collective well-being for all humankind. We run mind-body and social-emotional wellness trainings that unite, train, and support educators in enhancing individual and collective well-being.


Breathe For Change envisions all people inspired, educated, and empowered to be their whole and brilliant selves in their lives, relationships, and communities. We are a movement of passionate educators and leaders transforming ourselves to Change the World, One Teacher at a Time.

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Lead With Love


Our growing community aspires to embody these values in all that we do.

Lead With Love

Our values drive our decisions and actions, and are founded upon our understanding that love is what matters most.

Breathe For Beginnings

We embrace each moment with a beginner’s mind and set our intentions with clarity and purpose.

Breathe For Creativity

We unleash our potential and manifest our brilliance through unstoppable action.

Breathe For Gratitude

We give and receive acknowledgement and actively show our appreciation for the incredible gift of being alive.

Breathe For Presence

We become our whole and brilliant selves by cultivating awareness, one breath at a time.

Breathe For Compassion

We live with an open heart and practice unconditional love.

Breathe For Communication

We find strength in vulnerability and trust that being authentic always leads to the best results.

Breathe For Inclusion

We value and celebrate the uniqueness of all human beings, and recognize that each diverse perspective makes our community grow stronger.

Breathe For Collaboration

We bring diverse, passionate, and conscious people together to live and work for a cause far greater than ourselves.

Breathe For Social Justice

We transform ourselves, our relationships, and our communities to embody the change we wish to see in the world.

Breathe For Harmony

We experience the beauty, joy, and synchronicity of elevating individual and collective consciousness.

Breathe For Playfulness

We live playfully and approach life with curiosity, laughter, and lightness.

Breathe For Inspiration

We tap into our endless source of passion, purpose, and power to stoke the fire within us.

Started by Teachers, for Teachers

Founder and CEO Dr. Ilana Nankin’s dissertation research revealed the critical connection between teacher well-being and student learning. Her research demonstrated the negative impact of educator stress on teaching and learning — and the positive impact that enhancing teacher well-being can have on student social-emotional and academic outcomes.

In January 2015, inspired by her research and teaching experiences, Ilana created Breathe For Change to empower teachers as champions of well-being in their lives, classrooms, and school communities. In June 2015, B4C brought 34 educators from around the world together for the first ever 200-hour wellness and yoga teacher training designed specifically for educators. The authentic, powerful, and transformational experiences these teachers shared galvanized co-founder Michael Fenchel — an entrepreneur with a passion for community — to join Ilana in making B4C a worldwide movement. We haven't looked back since.

In 2016, we certified 185 educators in three cities. In 2017, 600 educators in six cities. In 2018, 1,100 across eleven cities! More than 3,000 graduates now use wellness as a vehicle for social change in schools across the country and beyond. Our graduates positively impact hundreds of thousands of students' lives, and serve as Wellness Champions for teachers, staff, and entire school communities.

Join the movement and apply to our training today!

Our Equity Commitment

Our mission and curriculum speak to our commitment to fostering individual and collective well-being for all humankind. Diversity, equity and inclusion are essential parts of our collective well-being. We must transform ourselves as individuals and as an organization to ensure that we are embodying the words, thoughts, and actions that are needed to dismantle systemic inequities as it relates to wellness and social emotional learning.

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Breathe For Change digital resources support educators with powerful mind-body wellness and SEL*F resources. Join our community of inspired educators!

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