Prison Yoga: Serving the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center, Indiana

Rob: What originally motivated you to teach yoga at the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center (VCCC)? My goal has always been to introduce yoga to more men! Most of the time I’m the only male in the classes I attend. My niece is employed at the VCCC and informed me they had been...

Maintaining Balance to Protect Against Correctional Stress

Are you a human being, or a human doing? That question was at the heart of a workshop on stress, mindfulness and work–life balance presented at the Spring Conference on Correctional Health Care by Dana Neitlich, MSW, program executive director of the Massachusetts Partnership for...

Restaurants Can Be a Lifeline for the Formerly Incarcerated — and Vice Versa

These programs keep people out of prison and in the kitchen. I didn’t picture it like this,” says Darwin Hailey of his life after prison. Hailey is the executive sous chef at Edwins, a French fine dining restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio. He got the job after completing six months at...

Yoga Helping Inmates Transcend Jail Cells

An ancient spiritual practice is helping rehabilitate men and women at the Santa Barbara County Jail. Prison Yoga Santa Barbara (PYSB) invites inmates to practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness during incarceration at no cost to taxpayers. Ginny Kuhn is the force behind the...

Yoga Classes Help Rehabilitate McCormick Inmates

Past the razor-wired fences, the pat-downs and metal detector, through locked doors operated by uniformed officers behind reinforced glass, McCormick Correctional Institution’s inmates balanced deftly on their yoga mats. Angela Still calmly but quickly shifted her body from pose...

How Yoga is Helping Girls Heal from Trauma

Rocsana Enriquez started thinking about yoga again when she was pregnant. She was 19 and in an abusive relationship. When she was younger, Rocsana, whom I interviewed as part of my research, had taken part in a yoga program in a San Francisco Bay Area juvenile hall run by The Art...

Peace, Hope and Meditation

Born in Virginia in the United States, Sam Settle’s life took an interesting turn when, aged 21, he went to Thailand to undertake some international development work with the US Peace Corps. During the three years he worked with the Corps he did a couple of meditation retreats...

On Death Row, Creating Art from Pain

Despite the 5,000 miles between them, death row inmate “Moyo” and pen pal Maria Jain have come together to showcase his series of Buddha portraits in the exhibition “Buddhas on Death Row.” American Buddhist artist, Moyo, studies the image of the Buddha using a multitude of...

POF Graduate Helps Bring Yoga Teacher Training to Prison

Since completing the Path of Freedom course back in 2014, Kristin Vaughn has gone on to volunteer her time at the York Correctional Facility in Niantic, CT. She assists in the yoga teacher training program that is being offered in the facility. You can read more about the program...

Mindfulness Combats Depression for Disadvantaged Black Women

African-American women with lower socio-economic status have an increased risk of depressive disorders, yet they rarely seek out antidepressants or psychotherapy because of negative attitudes and stigma associated with conventional mental health treatments. A new pilot...
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