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, a medium-security prison for men, since March 2019. The men I teach have been receptive, respectful, and cooperative. They have a thirst for learning and discovering more. In March 2020, this was put on hold due to the pandemic. At that time, a pre-recorded yoga class and meditations were provided as an interim solution for all 14 Massachusetts correctional facilities. This included: MCI-Norfolk, MCI-Cedar Junction, MCI-Concord, MCI-Shirley Medium, MCI-Shirley Minimum, MCI-Framingham, Souza Baranowski CC, Old Colony CC, Northeastern CC, South Middlesex CC, Pondville CC, NCCI Gardner, Mass Treatment Center and Boston Pre-release.
As the pandemic continues, it is clear that classes won't resume in 2020. On 11/24/20, I received permission from the Department of Corrections that I could provide yoga books, notebooks and create additional yoga videos. This will be for all 14 correctional facilities.
You are invited to donate to the Sacred Tree Gift Fund to purchase books, notebooks and blank DVDs. Your contribution will provide an opportunity for change on many levels - individually, the institution, and society.