Executive Directive Rob Schware talks with Anneke Lucas for The Huffington Post Blog about what inspired her to become a Prison Yoga Project Director for the New York area, and how karma yoga has helped her understand more about sharing and receiving love.
“I am a sex-traffic survivor, and was exposed to extreme violence as a child. My inspiration comes from James Fox, founder of the Prison Yoga Project, and I’m motivated by a desire to share yoga and meditation, because the practice benefited me in my own healing process. My journey continues as I share the practice with the prison population, and share the love and understanding that I’ve received along the way. That love is reflected back to me in a powerful way. I thought I came to help others, and find that I am helped each time I teach.”
– Prison Yoga Project’s New York director, Anneke Lucas, who teaches inmates at MDC Brooklyn, Riker’s Island Rose Singer Center and Bedford Hills Correctional Facility
Click here to read more about the challenges of bringing yoga and meditation to incarcerated students, and Anneke’s thoughts on the “quiet revolution” that has been sparked by yogis who want to give back to their communities.
Pictured: Anneke Lucas, left, and Prison Yoga Project founder James Fox, right.