Description of Organization
The Prison Yoga Project began with yoga teacher, James Fox, who combined his yoga practice with his background in restorative justice and work with juvenile offenders to come up with a program for prisoners. Launched at San Quentin Prison in 2002, the program became the template for Prison Yoga Project’s trauma-informed, evidence-based approach to yoga and mindfulness for the correctional population. The program consists of yoga and mindfulness classes, the engagement of yoga teachers who undergo the evidence-based training and the dissemination of instructional manuals and yoga supplies.
In 2018, a grant in the amount of $10,000 was awarded to establish yoga and mindfulness practices in prisons and rehabilitation facilities and to provide training for yoga instructors interested in teaching to at-risk or trauma-impacted populations in prisons, residential rehabilitation facilities and community programs.