Prison Yoga Project’s Women Prisoners Scholarship Fund
For women behind bars, a yoga practice can be profoundly healing. With your help, we can go one step further: by sponsoring a yoga teacher training behind bars, we can empower incarcerated women to heal not only themselves, but others.
90% of incarcerated women will be released back into the community. Many will return to young families who need nurturing and a steady household income. Without therapeutic programming and skills training, these women lack real tools to find meaningful employment and build a better future.
A yoga teacher training provides women behind bars with an in-depth opportunity to experience self-healing, and to develop personal responsibility. While earning a professional registration that is recognized nationwide, they can also regain a sense of their own abilities and worth. The training is also a sustainable, cost-effective way to enable women to give back in their communities and create a ripple effect of healing and empowerment.
About the training
Prison Yoga Project is partnering with the Yoga Center of Columbia to host its first in-prison training for yoga teachers at the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women. From February through December 2016, incarcerated women will study to become registered as Yoga Alliance RYT 200 instructors — providing them with both practical skills to support their future, and a renewed sense of their abilities and worth.
About our faculty
This historic training is coordinated through Prison Yoga Project’s Director of Women Prisoner Initiatives, Kath Meadows, author of our top-selling guide A Woman’s Practice: Healing From the Heart. For the past six years, Kath has brought yoga into prisons in the Capitol region, volunteering to teach five classes a week at three separate institutions — work that earned a 2015 Good Karma Award from Yoga Journal. Read more about Kath’s work and A Woman’s Practice.
Fund a scholarship
The average prison job pays just $1 per hour. Prisoners lack both the funds and permission to pay for a yoga teacher training – and that’s where you come in. With your support, we aim to raise $16,800 to cover the cost of this training – and to keep going, seeding a scholarship fund that will support more trainings for women behind bars. Check out our donation module below to learn how you can sponsor a student to attend.