PRISON YOGA

PRISONS & DETENTION CENTERS

  •   Yoga reduces stress, anxiety, and depression in a demanding environment
  •   Restores the connection between mind, heart and body
  •   A trauma-sensitive yoga practice develops the whole person, increases sensitivity toward oneself and empathy for others
  •   Creates space for individuals to come back in touch with their bodies and gain self awareness, self respect, respect toward others, self regulation, and interconnectivity
  •  Yoga develops Ahimsa: Nonviolence to ourselves and others in overt and nuanced individual and societal ways

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Increased levels of personal distress, aggression, antisocial behavior, and substance abuse are commonly reported among incarcerated individuals. Throughout the United States, there is a growing recognition of the need for interventions that address the high rates of psychological problems and reduced wellbeing experienced by individuals within the prison system. With the growing popularity of practices like meditation and yoga, policy makers, prison officials, and medical professionals are increasingly considering the effectiveness of applying these tools in prison settings. Recent studies have shown that incarcerated individuals who participated in yoga and mindfulness programs showed increased positive effects such as reduced stress and psychological distress, and better performance in cognitive-behavioral tasks and self control.

Transformation Yoga Project was founded in the belief that yoga is effective for releasing deeply held, unresolved trauma, allowing individuals to become aware of mental patterns and habits and how those patterns relate to behaviors. Yoga as a mindfulness practice is a tool for restoring the connection between mind, heart and body. Transformation Yoga Project utilizes a trauma-sensitive yoga practice to develop the whole person, increase sensitivity and compassion toward oneself and others.  Our objective is to provide those in carceral settings access to practical, integrative, mindfulness tools to draw upon and develop even when they are not in a class setting. Whether dealing with confrontation in the yard or the office, navigating reentry or recovery from addictions, yoga provides the opportunity to practice mindfulness and find practical solutions to difficult situations. Transformation Yoga Project facilitates this practical application of yoga as a lifestyle, on and beyond the mat.

where we serve

Philadelphia prison system 2 facilities- Cambria Community Center, Detention Center
Philadelphia Federal Detention Center - partner with Heart 2Heart
Bo Robinson Treatment Facility- partner with Yoga 4 Sobriety
Baylor Women's Correctional Institution
Montgomery County Correctional Facility- partner with Hopeworx Community Advocates
Montgomery County Youth Center
Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center- sponsored by TULA software
Chester County Correctional Center
Chester county Probation and Parole- WRAPP program
SCI Graterford