Nicole Cardoza

The Yogi
Former Pace University student, Nicole Cardoza

Nicole Cardoza ’11 is changing the world…one mind at a time.

As founder and executive director of Yoga Foster, a nonprofit that empowers teachers with yoga resources for the classroom, Cardoza is providing the mindfulness training, curriculum, self-care resources, and yoga mats needed to make a meaningful impact in classrooms across the country.  

Cardoza was a volunteer yoga instructor in schools when she saw first-hand the lack of accessibility to physical activity. So she began to change it, leaving her career in the tech field to begin training public school teachers with tools for effective yoga in the classroom.

Over the past three and a half years, Yoga Foster has grown into a national movement by elevating the wellness community to make meaningful impact for schools all while gaining partnerships with Let’s Move! and lululemon along the way. 

“I was an entrepreneur while I was in college, and paid my own way through,” says Cardoza.  “Without the networks I built, the pressures of working full-time while attending classes, and the volunteer work I started in my community in Brooklyn, I wouldn’t have developed the skills or inspiration to start Yoga Foster.”

Cardoza has been featured in Forbes, SELF Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and Paper Magazine, among others. She’s a TEDx speaker, 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, a Camelback Ventures Fellow, and noted one of the “Top 10 Millennials Changing the World” by ABC.

In just three and a half years, Yoga Foster has made it to 48 states and 512 schools, and has been used by 1,400 teachers. What led you to start this venture? Did you know when you started that it would have such a far-reaching impact?

We always tell students to pay attention, but we never teach them how. I believe that the practice of mindfulness and yoga can help students build tools for self-awareness, empower educators to feel less stressed during the day, and create calmer, culturally responsive classrooms. 

How far are you from reaching your goal of making one million students more mindful before you turn 30?

I’m very close!

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga, like the work we do with our students, gave me the power to overcome mental health issues I dealt with in college. It introduced me to a space where I felt heard, understood and valued. My practice is my reclamation of the time and attention I deserve.

Tell us about your latest venture dahla.

Dahla is a money-positivity platform for women. Women don’t often get the opportunity to learn about personal finances in their upbringing, and is one of the top causes of stress in their life. This media site focuses on de-stigmatizing the shame and guilt around money and wealth by sharing stories, courses, and other inspirational content.

You were named a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 and one of the Top 10 Millennials Changing the World by ABC. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment? And what are your hopes for the future?

My greatest accomplishment has been building a professional life that can support my family and fuel my dreams. My hopes for the future are to continue to disrupt education so that our youth can learn in a welcoming, responsive environment.

Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s exciting work and support Yoga Foster in making one million students more mindful by visiting https://yogafoster.org

Former Pace University student, Nicole Cardoza

Nicole Cardoza ’11 is changing the world…one mind at a time.

As founder and executive director of Yoga Foster, a nonprofit that empowers teachers with yoga resources for the classroom, Cardoza is providing the mindfulness training, curriculum, self-care resources, and yoga mats needed to make a meaningful impact in classrooms across the country.  

Cardoza was a volunteer yoga instructor in schools when she saw first-hand the lack of accessibility to physical activity. So she began to change it, leaving her career in the tech field to begin training public school teachers with tools for effective yoga in the classroom.

Over the past three and a half years, Yoga Foster has grown into a national movement by elevating the wellness community to make meaningful impact for schools all while gaining partnerships with Let’s Move! and lululemon along the way. 

“I was an entrepreneur while I was in college, and paid my own way through,” says Cardoza.  “Without the networks I built, the pressures of working full-time while attending classes, and the volunteer work I started in my community in Brooklyn, I wouldn’t have developed the skills or inspiration to start Yoga Foster.”

Cardoza has been featured in Forbes, SELF Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, and Paper Magazine, among others. She’s a TEDx speaker, 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30, a Camelback Ventures Fellow, and noted one of the “Top 10 Millennials Changing the World” by ABC.

In just three and a half years, Yoga Foster has made it to 48 states and 512 schools, and has been used by 1,400 teachers. What led you to start this venture? Did you know when you started that it would have such a far-reaching impact?

We always tell students to pay attention, but we never teach them how. I believe that the practice of mindfulness and yoga can help students build tools for self-awareness, empower educators to feel less stressed during the day, and create calmer, culturally responsive classrooms. 

How far are you from reaching your goal of making one million students more mindful before you turn 30?

I’m very close!

How has yoga changed your life?

Yoga, like the work we do with our students, gave me the power to overcome mental health issues I dealt with in college. It introduced me to a space where I felt heard, understood and valued. My practice is my reclamation of the time and attention I deserve.

Tell us about your latest venture dahla.

Dahla is a money-positivity platform for women. Women don’t often get the opportunity to learn about personal finances in their upbringing, and is one of the top causes of stress in their life. This media site focuses on de-stigmatizing the shame and guilt around money and wealth by sharing stories, courses, and other inspirational content.

You were named a 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 and one of the Top 10 Millennials Changing the World by ABC. What do you feel has been your greatest accomplishment? And what are your hopes for the future?

My greatest accomplishment has been building a professional life that can support my family and fuel my dreams. My hopes for the future are to continue to disrupt education so that our youth can learn in a welcoming, responsive environment.

Learn more about Nicole Cardoza’s exciting work and support Yoga Foster in making one million students more mindful by visiting https://yogafoster.org