Leadership change at YBB

Leadership change at YBB

Message from our board chair and co-chair Beloved Executive Director steps down Since 2013 (and even before that as a volunteer), Rosa Vissers has played a crucial role in shaping and developing YBB into the organization it is today. She and her partner are expecting...
My heart cracked open: Prenatal yoga in prison

My heart cracked open: Prenatal yoga in prison

How do you describe a heart-cracking-open experience? I have had the immense honor to be part of many transformative moments behind bars, but our recent Trauma-Informed Prenatal Yoga training at Washington Corrections Center for Women (WCCW) was something else. I...
Why I Teach Trauma-Informed Yoga

Why I Teach Trauma-Informed Yoga

I teach Trauma-Informed Yoga because I want to facilitate classes that are accessible and inclusive for all people. Perhaps that sounds straightforward. I have found that it’s complex and requires ongoing learning, unlearning, and reflection. Because even with our...
Yoga Behind Bars’ history (for now)

Yoga Behind Bars’ history (for now)

First things first I have been asked a few times to write a “History of YBB” blog post and have been avoiding it. Why? Because the act of writing inevitably leads to a narrowing, a leaving out of people, events, and important nuances. There is so much to say and...
Reflections on teaching at WCCW

Reflections on teaching at WCCW

For 4 years now, I have had the pleasure and privilege to teach the Intro to Yoga class at WCCW. It’s a partnership between Yoga Behind Bars and Freedom Education Project Puget Sound (FEPPS). Participants get college credit for the class as they work towards their...