Who We Are

Brief History

We began our work in 2002 at San Quentin State Prison, California's largest prison. Since that time, we have expanded to conduct programs in prisons, jails, detention centers, residential treatment facilities, and inner city community projects and developed a proven curriculum and prison-friendly facilitation protocol. We have a track record of providing the rehabilitative benefits of yoga programs and other mindfulness practices to both youth and adult at-risk populations, based on fifteen years experience in the work. The Prison Yoga Project advises prisons, governmental agencies, private entities and individuals about establishing yoga programs for the incarcerated and other under-served communities. We provide a proven-effective rehabilitative program  that complements any health modalities a prison may already be providing. We have trained more than 1700 volunteers, many in major prison-intensive cities, how to teach yoga in prison and how to work with prison administrators. Those teachers are now going into 185 prisons and jails and countless related facilities in 25 states and several countries outside the US. We have printed and shipped over 17,000 copies of our yoga instruction manual, "Yoga, A Practice for Healing and Recovery" free of charge to prisoners who request it. Learn more about our mission and other pioneering programs on the following pages.



Sanghas. Sangha is a sanskrit word that means "community." We use it to mean "Chapter." ...


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Our Ambassadors are people who have taken independent action to advance the Prison Yoga...

Board of Advisors

We have tapped six highly accomplished volunteer Advisors to help us leap ahead of demand....


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Our Mission

Why We Teach Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison.  Most prisoners...

Where We Teach

The following are correctional facilities offering yoga classes taught by teachers who...