Room to Breathe is a surprising story of transformation as troubled kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness meditation. Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices. Do they repeat the cycle of forcing tuned out children to listen, or experiment with a set of age old inner practices that may provide them with the social and emotional skills that they need to succeed? The first question is whether its already too late. Confronted by defiance, contempt for authority figures, poor discipline, and more interest in ‘social’ than learning, can a young meditation teacher succeed in opening their minds and hearts?