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Prison Yoga

I’ve been teaching yoga service classes for about three years, but have been passionate about this field for many more – starting with the administrative work I did for Yoga Activist in Washington, DC, prior to training as a yoga instructor. I’ve been teaching yoga to women at the country’s largest jail for […]


We’ve been hearing more and more about the positive effects of yoga and meditation classes offered in jails and prisons, but it’s hard to know what they’re really like without actually being there. Chicago-based yoga teacher, Kate Rice, teaches at Cook County Jail and shares with us what her experience has been like bringing the [...]


You may know her as the meticulously coiffed hopeless romantic inmate Lorna Morello on Orange Is the New Black, but maybe what you didn’t know was actress Yael Stone spends time offset teaching yoga and meditation to those who have been incarcerated in real life. Stone, who is a trained yoga teacher, volunteers with Liberation Prison Yoga, [...]


Just a quick FYI: Rikers Island is NOT a yoga resort. In case you had your doubts. The story is an interesting one. Son of a hedge fund founder reportedly receives regular allowance of $400-600 weekly. When said allowance is downsized to $100, the 30-year-old Princeton grad allegedly flies into a rage and murders his [...]


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This story of an unlikely yoga hero comes from the heart of Chicago’s West Side. Marcus Feltus is a former inmate. In 2011, after serving 18 years and 9 months of a 38 year sentence for shooting and killing a fellow teenager, Feltus was released to re-enter his life outside cell walls, this time as [...]


We’re not going to lie, we got emotional watching this short film called “Path of Freedom” about meditation making a big difference in the lives of prison inmates. It’s a staggering fact that 1 out of 100 Americans are currently behind bars. “Do we want to save those lives or do we want to discard them?” [...]


Kids these days, they’re still getting into trouble, but now the practice of yoga is helping them (maybe) get out of it, by helping them become more conscious before they get incarcerated, even later on as adults.

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Prison yoga. It’s not so new. Heck, it’s even one of the subplots of the new women’s prison-centered Netflix series Orange is the New Black. (You didn’t have to watch all 13 episodes of the season over the weekend to meet inmate ‘Yoga’ Jones, but you could have, and there’s definitely nothing wrong with that. [...]