yoga for criminal justice & reentry

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. 

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-control
  • 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
  • Release deeply held, unresolved trauma
  • Reduce stress, anxiety, and depression in a demanding, dangerous environment
  • 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 (7 facilities) 
  • Philadelphia Federal Detention Center - partner with Heart 2Heart
  • Philadelphia Juvenile Justice Services Center 
  • 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 Upland School District- Camelot 
  • Chester County Correctional Facility
  • Chester county Probation and Parole- WRAPP program
  • SCI Graterford