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Women’s Prison Trains Yoga Teachers

Updated: Dec 19, 2022

Common Ground Healing Arts in Charlottesville is expanding its wellness services beyond the general population.  This year, the non-profit is reaching out to the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women to provide a yoga teacher training program. WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini reports.

What if yoga could benefit body and mind, even while incarcerated? That’s the experiment made by the non-profit Common Ground Healing Arts in a local women’s prison.  This goes back to 2009, says Marketing and Outreach Director Paige Ryan. PAIGE RYAN: The goal was to serve about 200 women and to offer about four classes per week. And this year, they actually have the staffing and resources in place to offer a 200-hour professionally-certified yoga training. That means that inmates can become yoga teachers inside the prison as well as outside once they’re released.

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