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. As an interim solution, I provided a pre-recorded yoga class and guided meditations for all 14 Massachusetts correctional facilities in the Spring of 2020. Later, it was clear that volunteers would not be returning within the year. Therefore, it was important to provide more yoga tools. On 3/19/21, 14 yoga videos and 111 yoga books were delivered to the DOC thanks to the support and generosity of the Sacred Tree Yoga Community along with special talents to my video Guru, Jen Jacobs.
April 2021 Update - The DOC has initiated volunteer re-orientation. I may be returning anytime now.
May 8, 2021 Yoga & Hike Fundraiser at Adams Farm at 999 North Street Walpole. All proceeds will be used 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. Grant submissions are also underway. Your donation for this program and books will have a positive impact.
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Thank you Prison Yoga Project for your support: