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...

How to make prisons more humane

Karianne Jackson was working for the North Dakota prison system in 2015 when a trip to Norway changed her life. There, she saw a prison with no bars and no uniformed guards. Instead, prisoners lived in small cottages with common areas, private bedrooms, even kitchens with real...

Path of Freedom – Quotes from the Field

Here are a few quotes from some of the past week’s Path of Freedom classes. From a class at Rhode Island Mens’ Medium on ‘Holding Your Seat’:  “”My mind is like one of those machines with all the lit up balls popping all around. How do I...

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...

Support Prison Mindfulness Institute with the help of Earth Is An Island Designs!

We were recently contacted by Kris Martin of Earth Is An Island Designs. Kris creates and distributes a fantastic array of clothing and accessories aimed to promote and fund important progressive causes. For every item purchased, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the...

Path of Freedom – Reports from the Field

Here are a few quotes from recent Path of Freedom classes: From a class at Allegheny County Jail on Communication: “I see myself on the edge of the cocoon. I pick out what I want to respond to, like if it strikes a nerve.”   “When somebody is really...

“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...
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