Brianne Murphy teaches trauma sensitive yoga and mindfulness to staff and incarcerated men, women, and juveniles in the criminal justice system. Through a simple demonstration, she talks about the practice of yoga's ability to offer courage, compassion and confidence; empowering people to heal and rediscover the life and freedom within.


yoga for criminal justice & reentry

Throughout the United States, there is a growing recognition of the need for interventions that address the high rates of psychological stress and reduced wellbeing experienced by individuals within the prison system. 

Trauma Sensitive Yoga programs for youth and adults

  • Introduce the application of yoga as a lifestyle, on and beyond the mat
  • Develop the whole person by increasing self-awareness and self-regulation 
  • Build awareness of mental patterns and how those patterns relate to behavior
  • Provide practical tools for developing mindful solutions to difficult situations
  • Encourage compassion toward oneself and others
  • Manage deeply held, unresolved trauma
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression 
  • Increase performance in cognitive-behavioral tasks
  • Increase social emotional learning
  • Create community
  • Create space for individuals to come back in touch with their bodies, minds, and hearts


  • Philadelphia Department of Prisons- Full campus (6 facilities) 
  • Philadelphia Federal Detention Center - partner with Heart 2Heart
  • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center 
  • Montgomery County Correctional Facility- partner with Hopeworx Community Advocates
  • Montgomery County Youth Center
  • Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Chester Upland School District- Camelot 
  • Chester County Correctional Facility
  • Chester county Probation and Parole- WRAPP program
  • SCI Chester 
  • SCI Graterford
  • SCI Muncy