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Yoga in Prisons

Bringing Yoga and Meditation to a Canadian Prison

Rob Schware | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Perri van Rossem, who began teaching yoga as a volunteer in 2005 at Collins Bay Medium Security Institution in Kingston, Ontario; she has been teaching there ever since. In addition, she coordinates yoga programs being offered in three other institutions.

Yoga: How We Say Yes and Serve in Correctional Facilities

Rob Schware | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Heather Ruggero, whose yoga service work began in March 2010 teaching weekly classes to staff and clients at SafePlace, a sh...

Yoga: Incarcerated Veterans Taking Healing Into Their Own Hands

Rob Schware | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Rob Schware

"A period of decompression and re-socialization before returning to society after active duty is needed. The program we've created will provide that by offering yoga to address healing the trauma related to combat."

Yoga: How We Serve in Correctional Facilities

Rob Schware | Posted 01.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Schware

"Whether I like it or not, I'm more inspired when I teach to inmates because I can feel their sincere appreciation for the opportunity to have a yoga class. They always offer me a helpful reminder to be grateful for every opportunity to learn, every opportunity to practice."

Yoga: How We Serve Women in Maximum Security Prisons

Rob Schware | Posted 12.23.2012 | Impact
Rob Schware

"The inmates keep me motivated. Their eagerness and desire to learn is second to none. Some of the women are serving life sentences. They tell me that yoga helps them cope on many different levels."

Yoga for Lifers

Dearbhla Kelly | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Dearbhla Kelly

They were freedom yogis, practicing to find liberation behind bars. Imagine how confronting and challenging -- and how meaningful and transformative -- it would be to show up to your yoga mat every day if you were in jail for life.