Yoga helps some Utah inmates find ‘the beauty and peace’ while behind bars

From the Salt Lake Tribune: Inmate Ferosa Bluff stood stock-still, barely swaying as she curled one foot behind her knee and stretched her arms toward the gymnasium’s drab ceiling at the Utah State Prison. Stretched out in a half-moon shape in front of her, 13 other women held...

Bringing Mindfulness to Prison in Southwest Ohio.

From Yellow Springs News: Whenever Katie Egart walks into the Dayton Correctional Institution, or DCI, she encounters locked doors. A door closes behind her when she enters an entry way that has another locked door in front. Guards search her, even though she’s a regular visitor....

Nine Ways To Ensure Your Mindfulness Teaching Practice Is Trauma-Informed

From Mindshift by KQED: A recent MindShift article highlighted some things teachers should be aware of if they’re bringing mindfulness into their classrooms. Students may have experienced trauma that makes sitting silently with their eyes closed feel threatening, and teache...

Mindfulness could be a key to recovering from substance abuse, USC experts say

From USC News: Mindfulness might offer more than relief from daily stress. Research now suggests it can boost recovery from addiction and trauma. Investigators at USC believe the contemplative practice could represent the next major breakthrough in the treatment of substance use...

San Quentin’s chaplain: California’s death penalty moratorium has given us hope

On Wednesday morning, San Quentin State Prison, California’s largest, awoke to some surprising news. Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order placing a moratorium on the state’s death penalty. While this does not end the death penalty in California (that can only be done by a...

Yoga is an equalizer at Solano Prison

From the series Uncuffed, for KALW: Gordon Melvin, a Canadian imprisoned in California, learned how to do yoga by watching TV. Soon, he was leading classes on the yard. Melvin was attracted to a life of dope and drink. He was violent with others, and himself. He started watching...

How Restorative Justice Gave This Man The Best Day of His Life

The following is a personal account from a current prisoner on his experiences with Restorative Justice practices. By Jason Samuel for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange  “I want to share with you a personal story about the true practice of restorative justice and...

Yoga, mindfulness promote positive emotion for youth and trauma survivors

From The Morning Call “How often does it feel like we’re all just trying to manage the chaos of life – navigating different responsibilities while dealing with inevitable interruptions? No matter our ages, backgrounds or circumstances, we live in a fast-paced world where...

Trauma Informed Yoga Empowers Girls

A great story from TODAY about an amazing Trauma-informed Yoga program for youth, founded by one of our current Path of Freedom Online Training students! To learn more about Elisha’s organization, Crossover Yoga Project, click here!

PMI’s Partner Organization, CMPS leading Mindfulness Trainings in Canada!

Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Partner Organization, The Center for Mindfulness in Public Safety (CMPS) has just started a leading a 10-week training in Ontario. See below for tweets from the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Sylvia Jones! This...