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Prison Yoga Training

With James Fox

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Offering Yoga and Mindfulness in Prisons and Jails.


The Prison Yoga Project, in collaboration with Delight Yoga, is offering a special workshop for yoga teachers and committed yoga practitioners interested in working with people who have been impacted by trauma.


James Fox, founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project will lead the training, drawing on his experience of teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to incarcerated youth and adults, including sixteen years at San Quentin Prison, and at other prisons and rehabilitation facilities.


Why offer yoga and mindfulness in prisons and jails? What do you need to know to do that most effectively? How can you get involved? 


This training answers these questions by diving deep into Prison Yoga Project’s mission,  philosophy, and methodology. You’ll gain perspective on the history and current state of the criminal justice system, and appreciate why it’s critical that we take a different approach to justice. You’ll learn how yoga and mindfulness contribute to Restorative Justice and effective rehabilitation.  


You’ll receive an introduction to Prison Yoga Project’s unique approach to trauma-informed, mindfulness-based yoga. This approach is specifically tailored to maximize the healing benefits for symptoms of trauma and other common mental health issues affecting incarcerated people. You’ll explore the pathways and practical considerations for offering these practices in the unique socio-cultural environment of incarceration, including interfacing with staff and prisoners.


This unique training will include:

- PYP’s evidence-based, trauma-informed methodology for working with prisoners including an in-depth orientation for teaching yoga in the unique socio-cultural environment of prison

- A thorough investigation of the practical application of yoga for mental and behavioral health issues, including PTSD

- Strategies for establishing yoga classes in detention centers, rehabilitation facilities and military veterans programs

- Instruction in specific asana, pranayama and meditation practices that have been proven effective with prisoners

- Basics of how to work effectively with youth involved with the criminal justice system.


This introductory training is suitable for anyone wishing to learn what’s involved in offering these practices with the greatest effect while minimizing potential harm. Prison Yoga Project has offered this training since 2010, refreshing it each year to reflect the latest research and thinking in trauma-informed yoga practices, and the latest trends in social justice issues and the criminal justice system.


Anyone interested in creating a more humane and effective criminal justice system should take this training: therapists, social workers, lawyers, correctional officers, administrators, and, especially, yoga teachers who are ready to take their practice into the realm of service.


This workshop qualifies for 14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance for RYTs.


You can register for this workshop by clicking ‘Book’ and paying online with iDeal, Credit Card or PayPal. Full payment is required to ensure your place. Registration is confirmed when payment is complete.

Cancellation policy

Are you entitled to a refund of the registration fee in case of cancellation? Please read article 16 ‘Cancellation of Workshop Registration’ in our General Terms and Conditions to know exactly where you stand.

About James Fox

James Fox is the founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, an organization dedicated to establishing yoga and mindfulness programs in prisons and rehabilitation centers worldwide. Since 2002, he has been teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison as well as other California State prisons.

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