Why Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison?

The following is an excerpt from an Huffington Post interview with Elizabeth Carling, a prison yoga teacher from Albuquerque, New Mexico. “What originally motivated you to bring yoga to the New Mexico prison? Elizabeth:I’ve worked in the field of forensic therapy as an...

Battle Creek, Michigan’s Buddhist monastery is taking meditation into rehab centers and prisons

Meditation is challenging for Brandon Navin. It feels like it goes against the whole way he’s been taught to function in society, he said. “I feel as though I feel I have to be constantly stimulated,” he said. “I feel as though I’m constantly dragged...

Path of Freedom – Recent Quotes from the Field

From a recent class at Rhode Island Womens’ Medium on Change: ” I am beginning to understand the good that comes from being quiet for awhile each day or at different times throughout the day. ”   ” I am going to be leaving maybe this week and I will...

A Formerly Incarcerated Woman Launches The First Ever Newspaper Startup For Prisons

Tracy Brumfield, founder of Rise Up News (Rise), has proven that the underdog can win. Rise is a first-of-a-kind newspaper that is distributed in local jails. Rise seeks to reduce recidivism by providing local reentry resource listings to incarcerated individuals to help them...

With no access to work crews, yoga may help female inmates stay calm

With a panic button a feet away and constant video surveillance, yoga instructor Nancy Lumpkin walked amid seven barefoot women, all of them Deschutes County jail inmates, and led them through a range of positions. “We call this ‘warrior pose,’” she said, as the women, some of...

Path of Freedom – Recent Quotes From the Field

Here are some quotes from recent Path of Freedom Courses: From a class at Rhode Island Mens’ Medium on Transforming Pain: “I used to try to block my thoughts but you’re right, that doesn’t work. Now I just let them go right by me and it works much...

Connecticut’s Cheshire Correctional Institution participates in livestream prison reform conference

Cheshire — Standing inside a century-old maximum security prison auditorium as cameras live-streamed a conference on Connecticut’s prison system reforms Wednesday, Corrections Commissioner Scott Semple told those assembled that the event reminded him of watching the ripple effect...

Vermont inmates heal through yoga

Google “benefits of yoga” on the internet, and dozens of studies pop up.  It helps people sleep better.  It is a natural de-stressor.  It calms the body and mind.  These affects hold true, no matter who you are, including a prison inmate. “We live in a high...

Zabuton cushions made in WNC help prison inmates practice mindfulness

From Mountain Xpress – Asheville, NC Surrounded by concrete walls, confined by steel bars and subjected to near-constant noise, people serving time have little respite from the unforgiving prison environment. Prison-based meditation programs provide an island of calm amid...

“We Have All Made Mistakes” – Teaching Mindfulness in Prisons: A Different Kind of Rehabilitation

By: Buddhistdoor Date: 2016-04-22 Born in Hong Kong and based in Chilliwack, British Columbia, since 1994, Venerable Yin Kit Sik (also known as Sister Jessie) ordained as a Buddhist nun in Hong Kong in 1992 following a successful career as a podiatrist. Having begun teaching...