PO Box 426
San Quentin, CA 94964
Description of Organization
The Prison Yoga Project began with yoga teacher, James Fox, who combined his yoga practice with his background in restorative justice and work with juvenile offenders to come up with a program for prisoners. Launched at San Quentin Prison in 2002, the program became the template for Prison Yoga Project’s trauma-informed, evidence-based approach to yoga and mindfulness for the correctional population consisting of yoga and mindfulness classes, the engagement of yoga teachers who undergo the evidence-based training and the dissemination of instructional manuals and yoga supplies.
In 2018, Prison Yoga Project received a grant for $10,000 to establish yoga and mindfulness practices in prisons and rehabilitation facilities and to provide training for yoga instructors interested in teaching to at-risk or trauma-impacted populations in prisons, residential rehabilitation facilities and community programs. (add link to Prison Yoga Project website explanation)