A Note About Response Time
Bringing yoga and embodied mindfulness practices to incarcerated people can be one of the most rewarding endeavors a person can undertake. It takes commitment, skill, and deep personal practice.
We operate in highly-sensitive and potentially volatile environments. We serve people who have likely suffered trauma in their lifetimes, who may have caused significant, perhaps mortal, harm to others, who live in a potentially traumatizing environment, and who deserve the best quality support we can provide. We work alongside administrators, health care professionals, correctional staff, and security-conscious professionals who are themselves subject to the traumatizing nature of the environment. Facilitating yoga and mindfulness programs in this setting requires a unique skill set, knowledge base, and character.
We recommend that people take Prison Yoga Project’s Foundational Training before applying to become a Facilitator. Attending this training will help interested people clarify what this work is and what it is not. It will orient them to our mission, philosophy, and methodology. It will provide an informed foundation for deciding whether or not to apply to become a Prison Yoga Project Facilitator. Attending training, however, does not guarantee a person a position as a Prison Yoga Project Facilitator.
People who wish to become a Prison Yoga Project Facilitator will begin the process by completing our online application.
Anyone who has completed a yoga teacher training program may apply. We prefer certified yoga therapists, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, or mental health professionals with training in somatic modalities. We prefer candidates who have advanced training in trauma-informed yoga. Experience working with incarcerated people or similar groups is a plus. We expect Facilitators who have not completed training with Prison Yoga Project to do so at the earliest convenience upon acceptance.
Once an application is complete, our team reviews it in consideration of the applicant’s qualifications, the need for facilitators in specific areas, and our capacity to onboard new facilitators or explore new opportunities to initiate a program. We will work with the applicant to schedule an initial interview following this review.
Selected applicants who complete the interview process and reference checks will complete PYP’s Program Delivery Training to prepare facilitators to advocate for, develop, and run yoga programs in correctional facilities.
When possible, we invite new facilitators to work alongside experienced Facilitators during a probationary period. In this period, they will shadow to observe an existing program and receive mentoring as they take on facilitation responsibilities. This period will allow the candidate and Prison Yoga Project staff to substantiate their readiness and suitability for this specialized service. When this is not available, the PYP Team offers virtual support.
We look forward to reviewing your application!