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How We Train Yoga Teachers

The Prison Yoga Project is dedicated to bringing yoga and mindfulness programs into prisons, jails, rehabilitation facilities and all trauma-impacted and unserved people, providing training for instructors and committed practitioners who are interested in teaching yoga in service. We believe in restorative justice, which is providing prisoners with tools for self-rehabilitation. We've helped thousands of prisoners by instilling a practice of self-awareness and self-control that fosters accountability for one’s actions while addressing the harm caused oneself and others.

We've learned from 15 years of experience at San Quentin State Prison in California and many other correctional institutions, that yoga and mindfulness can help offenders change trauma-influenced, unconscious behavioral patterns – impulsive/reactive behavior and tendencies to drug and alcohol addiction as well as violence…usually the behavior that landed them in prison.  Our methodology focuses on impulse control, mood disorders, despair, violence prevention, addiction and PTSD.

This is the focus of our teacher Training. Except under unusual circumstances, it’s a twelve hour, comprehensive and practical view of how to teach in prison, with a very good idea of what and how to teach to get the best results. We discuss your approach to prison administrators, the protocol and daily expectations of teaching in prison and the value of starting your work in non-prison communities. Many say that this is a memorable, and in some cases, life-altering experience. And that’s just the Training. The real payoff comes when you’re watching change happen in your students. This Training connects the dots for a lot of teachers.

Our Training can help you bring your practice into your daily life. The focus is on finding peak experience through seva…bringing Restorative Justice and the rehabilitative value of yoga and mindfulness into local prisons for the betterment of the neighborhoods that surround them.

See the following for questions about Yoga Alliance Continuing Education.

Any RYT having difficulty submitting for CEUs, please call Yoga Alliance:   888-921-9642.

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