We need your help! Like all people and organizations in the "service" industry, we are and will be experiencing a "cash flow" problem as we have suspended programs and postponed training. Meanwhile, our mission to bring yoga to the millions of prisoners across the US and around the world persists. The best way you can support Prison Yoga Project to continue our mission is to donate (link in the menu below) or to purchase a PDF copy of James' book or a download of one of our practice videos. Click this banner to go to the downloads page.) Thank you!

Freeing The Prisoner Inside

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Your purchase supports our mission to bring yoga and mindfulness to prisoners throughout the US and internationally.

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Most prisoners suffer chronic trauma early in life.

Chronic interpersonal trauma including abandonment, hunger, homelessness, racism, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and witnessing violent crime. These emotional experiences profoundly stress the nervous system and without help, they don't grow out of it, they grow into it.

Unresolved Trauma Can Cause Harmful Behavior.

Unresolved trauma can twist and ruin the rest of your life. Whether you're a child or a combat vet, trauma creates the bad behavior that lands most prisoners in jail. Once in prison they're met with with violence and medical issues often treated with gross indifference, locked inside a system that delivers far more punishment than rehabilitation.

We Help Prisoners Survive Prison.

By uniting mind and body we help resolve the underlying trauma that has usually led a prisoner to offend. Yoga creates an attitude of respect. Committed students move from reactionary to responsible behavior, picking up basic social tools that make life outside possible. Yoga is about empathy which produces improved relationships and offers a path to dignity and respect, and making better choices.

We Train Prisoners For Release.

95% of all prisoners are released. Our work fosters humane living conditions in prison while it creates among the prisoners a greater sense of self-worth, purpose, and even the desire to help others. These are sensations many have never felt and that changes everything, especially the rate of re-offense.