Kath Meadows on Bringing Yoga to Women in Prison

Executive Director Rob Schware talks with yoga teacher Kath Meadows for The Huffington Post Blog about her work with incarcerated women at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women and the Patuxent Institution.

“The vast majority of women serving time will eventually return to the communities in which we all live. It serves not only them but all of us to provide them with whatever tools we can to help assure their successful reentry into the world.”

– Kath Meadows

Read Kath’s full interview.

Elizabeth Johnstone on Working With Women In Prison

More than one in every 100 adults – including an estimated 1.3 million women – are now confined in U.S. jails or prisons, with little access to meaningful programs to aid in their rehabilitation.  Recovery Yoga founder Elizabeth Johnstone talks with Executive Director Rob Schware for The Huffington Post Blog on the challenges and rewards of teaching yoga to incarcerated women, many of them mothers separated from their children.

“Keeping your heart open, even when you feel like shutting it down, is a powerful practice.  For instance, in a backbend, (a student) can tell herself, ‘I will keep my heart open no matter what,’ which will help her to really be there for that child and herself.”

– Elizabeth Johnstone, who teaches yoga and meditation at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, CT

Read Elizabeth’s full interview here.