Prison Yoga Project: Healing & Rehabilitation Through Yoga
Prison Yoga Project: A Chance For Healing And Rehabilitation
The statistics are alarming: today, 2.25 million men and women – 1 in 100 adults – are in U.S. prisons. 1 in 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, are under some sort of correctional supervision. And 60% of released prisoners will return to prison within 3 years. To truly help men and women in prison to turn their lives around, we need to do something different.
We’re helping incarcerated men and women to build a better life through the Prison Yoga Project’s program of trauma-informed yoga, taught as a mindfulness practice. The practice helps students to restore the connection between their mind, body and heart, experience self-compassion and empathy for others, and take responsibility for their actions. They can also begin to change trauma-induced unconscious behavioral patterns and develop skills for impulse control, reducing the likelihood that they will return to jail.
About Prison Yoga Project
A chance to heal and transform through yoga and mindfulness.
The Prison Yoga Project is built on the belief that incarcerated men and women deserve a chance to heal the harm caused by themselves and others, and to improve their own lives. Program founder James Fox has taught yoga and meditation to male prisoners at California’s San Quentin State Prison for well over a decade, and has worked at numerous other State prisons and rehabilitation centers for at-risk youth. Today, more than 350 trained teachers are bringing Prison Yoga Project’s offerings to 50 correctional facilities nationwide.