James Fox, MA, CYT, is the founder of the Prison Yoga Project. He is a certified yoga instructor who has dedicated himself to developing a trauma informed approach to teaching yoga in correctional facilities that has resulted in the establishment of yoga programs in prisons throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Australia.
Josefin Wikström, E-RYT 500, TCTSY-F, Yoga Therapy for The Mind, YACEP, RCYS, has been bringing yoga and dance into the Swedish prisons since 2008. She has been working as a full-time teacher focusing on yoga for trauma-exposed populations since 2003.
300 hour YTT with Shamanic Yoga Institute. RCYT with Yoga Ed, 300-hour Certified ChildSpace Practitioner. Blaire’s training has taken many forms: starting at 4 years old she intensively trained for 17 years in various forms of dance. This began her foundational practice of movement as healing and storytelling.
Priscilla Castro, RYT 200, comes from an office administration background and has a passion for social justice. She also has a love for yoga, which she started practicing in 2007 in personal spaces and various yoga studios in southern California, on the East Coast, and in Mexico.
Jen Lindgren, E-RYT 200, y4c (yoga for cancer), joined Prison Yoga Project in 2019 as Chapter Director for New Hampshire. She has been facilitating trauma-informed and healing centered yoga classes to incarcerated individuals since 2017, including the instruction of 200hr level Yoga teacher training programs.
Kate Beckel, M.Ed, E-RYT-200, YACEP, RCYT, began working with PYP in 2015, teaching somatic movement classes for youth and adults involved with the criminal justice system in San Diego, California. She has 12 years of experience as a yoga teacher, and since 2014 has been training as a Somatic Experiencing(SE) practitioner.
Geoff O’Meara, RYT-200, is PYP’s Program Director for the UK. Before moving there, Geoff was the Prison Yoga’s program director for Community Yoga, a US nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. In 2010, he started facilitating the organization’s early offerings at addiction recovery centers and incarceration facilities.
Billy Bannon (CYT-500) has been facilitating Yoga & Meditation programs in prisons since 2015. He has led classes at prisons across Southern California – as well as in Uganda – and helped to establish PYP’s Los Angeles Chapter, where he currently serves as PYP-LA’s Program Director.