What I Learned Volunteering in Prison for Six Months

By Emma Love Arbogast for Be Yourself: I live in Portland, Oregon. Portlandia. I love it. But it feels sheltered, unreal. Six months ago I decided I needed to get out of my bubble. I needed to...

Path of Freedom Recent Quotes from the Field!

From a Rhode Island Men’s Medium on Training the Mind: “Mindfulness is power because I can control my actions and keep my mind focused on positive things.” “This class...

Prison Yoga at Scott County Jail in Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, IA (KWQC) – “Yoga is being offered at Scott County Jail. Every Tuesday male prisoners at Scott County Jail can opt to join the class. The class is available to any male...

Helping prisoners heal through yoga

“Juliet Slogrove has always believed in the healing power of yoga. Now the Bucklands Beach local is taking that healing power to the Auckland Women’s Prison. Juliet took on the challenge...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...