Transformation Yoga Project serves people impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga. Participants develop skills to heal and navigate life with comfort and ease.

OUR objectives

  • Expand our programs to serve additional populations and communities
  • Train yoga teachers and therapists to provide mindfulness-based programs for populations dealing with acute or chronic trauma
  • Develop and implement programs to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Create mechanisms to track the outcomes of mindfulness programs
  • Raise awareness and create communities where participants will have access to safe, supportive and healthy mindfulness programs


We have active programs running concurrently in numerous facilities throughout the greater Philadelphia area including addiction treatment centers, prisons and VA hospitals, as well as, community programs hosted at local yoga studios and community centers. Each program is tailored to the specific needs of the participants and staffed by instructors trained to teach trauma-sensitive yoga. We also provide special training for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people who have been impacted by trauma.

Founder's Story

In 2009, a guilty plea to a misdemeanor landed Mike Huggins in prison for nine months. It was hardly the outcome anyone would have anticipated for a man whose squeaky-clean reputation had earned him the nickname ā€œSt. Michael.ā€ As he marked the slow passage of time within the confines of prison, Mike struggled to cope mentally, physically and emotionally. Little did he know the yoga he had practiced and taught some years before would turn out to be his salvation. Read more...

Transformation Yoga Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization