Juvenile detention centers use yoga to teach mindfulness

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Ten young men file into the gym, wearing identical maroon polos, white undershirts, navy sweats, white socks and black, laceless shoes. Soon, they’re removing those shoes and placing them behind 10 royal-blue yoga mats, rolled out on the basketball court...

“If I inspire just one of you guys to make some sort of change in your life that is helpful to you, then my time here is worth it to me.”

Here are a few quotes from recent POF classes:     “I’ve read in law of attraction stuff that no one can make me feel inferior without my consent. It seems like meditation can help with that.”   “It’s easier just to let things be than...

From prison to college: Consortium puts inmates in a positive ‘pipeline’

From The Boston Globe: Prison changed Jose Bou’s life in a way he never expected. While serving a 12-year sentence for drug trafficking, Bou earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston University through a special program for incarcerated students. Since his release seven years ago,...

Meditating with officers on Rikers Island

“You guys know anything about stress management?” Justin von Bujdoss is speaking to a group of about 40 correction officer recruits, dressed in gray uniforms and shiny black patent leather shoes, who have joined his weekly Monday afternoon meditation class for correction...

Path of Freedom – September Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes from classes that have taken place this month. These quotes area all from men and women in Rhode Island Prisons, speaking about what the courses have been teaching them, and how they use what they learn to better themselves, and improve their lives both in...

Path of Freedom – August Reports from the Field

Here are some quotes gathered from facilitators teaching our Path of Freedom course curriculum in various a Men’s Medium Security Prison in Rhode Island. Participants share how aspects of this course can be beneficial not only in daily life, but when faced with major...
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