Most prisoners suffer from Complex Trauma, chronic interpersonal trauma experienced early in life such as abandonment, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and more. Carrying unresolved trauma into their lives impacts everything they do, often landing them in prison, where they experience even more trauma. The Prison Yoga Project was founded in the belief that yoga, taught specifically as a mindfulness practice, is very effective in releasing deeply held, unresolved trauma, allowing us to address the resultant behavioral issues.
(From the Yoga Warrior website) The mission is:
Yoga as a mindfulness practice is our tool for reengaging prisoners with their bodies to restore the connection between mind, heart and body. We use a yoga practice to develop the whole person, increase sensitivity toward oneself and empathy for others. By putting the men and women back in touch with their bodies, they begin to care more about themselves and understand the harm they have caused.
I completed James Fox’s Prison Yoga Project program December 2012. And am very much interested with providing his system to jails, prisons, and adolescent facilities, for at-risk populations.
If you are employed at such venues and wish to provide such services to a group in your facility please send an email inquiry.