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Prison Yoga

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Photo by Robert Sturman:

Thank you Prison Yoga Project for your support:

Prison Yoga is rapidly gaining acceptance as a valuable resource for physical, psychological, behavioral, and spiritual health in the U.S. criminal justice system. 

I have been teaching at MCI Norfolk since March 2019, the largest state prison in Massachusetts. It is rated a medium-security prison for over 1250 men. 

In March 2020 this was put on hold due to the pandemic.  Yoga videos and guided mediations were provided to all 14 Massachusetts Departments of Corrections as in interim solution.

April 2021 - The DOC has initiated volunteer re-orientation. I may be returning anytime now.

May 8, 2021 Yoga & Hike Fundraiser at Adams Farm to purchase yoga books for  MCI Norfolk.

June 12, 2021 The 200 hour YTT program appliction is being assessed by the DOC for MCI Norfolk.

August 11, 2021  Received the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award for my volunteerism with the Prison Yoga Project.  I am grateful to the Kraft Family and New England Patriots Foundation.

October 2021 Thank you Grace Allen for writing the article called "Promoting Rehabilitation through Yoga and Mindfulness". 

May 2022 Great news. After 2 years, I can now return to teach at MCI Norfolk.  Any monetary donation for the book study would be greatly appreciated.

August 2022 At the end of the month, there will be a community day inside the walls to invite new participants to experience yoga. A great way to expand the yoga class.

November 21, 2022 was my last class at MCI Norfolk because I moved to another state. Teaching at MCI Norfolk was one of the most rewarding experiences. The men taught me about resilience, resourcefulness, discovery, strength, and fortitude. As one student entered class smiling, I asked him about the root of his happiness. He said "acceptance". If he can find acceptance behind the wall, I believe you can find it anywhere. Grateful for my teachers at MCI-Norfolk.

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