Founder and Director
James Fox, MA began teaching yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison in 2002. His years of experience as a facilitator of victim/offender education, violence prevention, and emotional literacy classes for prisoners informed his work with prisoners and the eventual founding of Prison Yoga Project. Since then he’s led practices and consulted in prisons and jails across the US and around the world. James has trained thousands of teachers who have replicated Prison Yoga Project’s methodology in more than 24 states, Canada, India, Mexico, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Bill Brown, C-IAYT, RYT200 is the Program Director for Prison Yoga Project. He has brought yoga and mindfulness to San Diego County prisons and jails since 2013 at Federal, State, and County facilities. He is a contributing editor to the Yoga Service Council/Omega Institute’s recently published book Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System.
Director of Development and Communications
JC joined Prison Yoga Project in Fall 2010 and became its designated Director of Development and Communications. Before joining Prison Yoga Project, JC enjoyed a lengthy career in advertising, television syndication, and business development. JC founded and operated two different regional advertising agencies with a deep roster of pro bono clients.
Administrative Support, Chapter Director (Sacramento)
Kaysie Markwardt, RYT200, is Admin. Support for PYP and the Sacramento Chapter Director. She spent 15 years in post-secondary education before leaving to focus on a path of Service. Her love of yoga began with her first yoga class in 2001 and from there, her experience has grown from a self-sustaining practice to a full-blown dedication to helping others find a deeper sense of mind-body awareness both on and off the mat.
Trainer, Chapter Director (San Diego)
Kate Beckel, E-RYT200, YACEP, RCYT, M.Ed is a Prison Yoga Project Trainer and the San Diego Chapter Director. She is also a trainer for Yoga Ed., specializing in working with children and youth. She has trained in a wide variety of yoga practices. She is in the Advanced year of her Somatic Experiencing (SE) Studies.
Trainer, Senior Teacher (San Francisco)
Chanda Williams, MA, RYT, is a yoga teacher with a background in body mechanics, wellness coaching, and advanced training in trauma-informed yoga practices. Chanda has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a master’s degree in integrative health studies, focusing on resiliency and wellness in the workplace. Subsequently, she designed and managed award-winning corporate wellness programs for Fortune 100 companies for several years.
Tierney St. John
Trainer, Senior Teacher (San Diego)
Tierney St. John E-RYT200, YACEP, is a Prison Yoga Project Trainer, Mentor, and Senior Teacher. She has extensive training in a wide variety of yoga styles and lineages and has lead numerous 200hr Yoga Alliance accredited Teacher Training certifications. She is a life-long yoga student and a full-time yoga teacher. Tierney is passionate about making yoga accessible to all people. She has experienced first hand the power of yoga to increase self-awareness, cultivate community, deepen empathy, and empower people through a sense of overall wellbeing. She currently teaches two weekly trauma-informed classes at San Diego Central Jail.