Free Inside is a prison program I created which weaves together practices in yoga, meditation and chi gung. Self healing, inner peace and compassion are what it hopes to awaken in people who take its ten sessions.
I developed Free Inside initially, beginning in 1999, as a yoga teacher. In subsequent years, amidst a graduate program in social work / mental health, I designed and ran a year long research study in a Maui prison, publishing its results. At that point, in 2005, I created a Guidebook for Facilitators of Free Inside so that anyone, regardless of their own past experience teaching yoga, meditation and chi gung, might enter a prison with its support. Likewise, I generated the research and publicity around Free Inside to help prison administrators and staff recognize the win-win power of this kind of ancient, inner work … to not only heal humans, but to make their jobs easier.
My research and Free Inside guidebook (updated in 2014) are available for free download on my website. For the past ten years I have focused more on my mental health work inside jails and prison, where I am a psychotherapist based in Mindfulness practices. That said, my ‘talk therapy’ work is ever-infused with the ancient healing practices of Free Inside.
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