Yoga Behind Bars is the only nonprofit organization in Washington State
dedicated to bringing trauma-informed yoga and meditation to prisons, jails, and detention centers.






YOU make our work possible.

We are built on a foundation of volunteerism, generosity, and service. A generous and engaged community is the heart and soul of Yoga Behind Bars. Whether you are a yoga teacher, interested in criminal justice reform, or simply curious about our work, you can help fuel our innovative programs!

Info Sessions

Curious about our work, why and how we do it, and how you can be part of it? Check out our online Info Session here.

Do you want us to speak about Yoga Behind Bars at your yoga studio, organization, business, or place of worship? Please reach out to Jess, our Programs Director.


“YBB has provided me with the tools to teach yoga behind bars with grace and confidence. I’m grateful for the education on social justice, the underserved incarcerated population and effective yoga instructor tools.”

Study with YBB Online

Our online trauma-informed yoga training gives you practical tools to make a difference in your community. Whether you practice yoga or are a yoga instructor, clinician, mental health professional, educator—we’ve got you covered. Learn more.

In Person Trauma-Informed Yoga Trainings

Our 3-day Trauma-Informed Yoga training is open to anyone interested in or currently working with trauma and vulnerable populations. Participants include social workers, yoga practitioners and teachers, health care professionals, and educators. We offer a unique and practical roadmap for leveraging the power of yoga for increased well-being, trauma recovery, and lasting social change. See below for upcoming trainings and what to expect.


Interested in starting or enriching your own program? Please contact Jess if you’d like to host our training in your community.

Yoga Behind Bars Yoga Instructors 2018

Upcoming Trainings

March 13-15, 2019, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, Seattle
Registration Open


What you can expect:

  • A safe space for self-exploration, growth, and community building
  • Thorough preparation to offer yoga and meditation based tools in   prison or any other setting to foster connection, safety, and healing
  • Training on social justice and skills for working in environments of   suffering/trauma in a sustainable and just way
  • The 60+ page Yoga Behind Bars manual
  • Earn up to 17 hours of CE credit
  • Inspiration and community
  • A safe space for self-exploration, growth, and community building
  • Thorough preparation to offer trauma-informed yoga and meditation based tools in prison or any other setting to foster connection, safety, and healing
  • A training on social justice and skills for working in environments of suffering/trauma in a sustainable and just way
  • Our 60+ page Yoga Behind Bars manual
  • To earn up to 17 hours of CE credit
  • Inspiration and community



Volunteer opportunities suit all sorts of schedules and interests.

Volunteer opportunities suit all sorts of schedules and interests.

It truly takes a village to make our work possible. We are always looking for people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels to support us both behind bars, behind desks, and in the community. Want to learn more about YBB and how you can help? Please contact and check out our online info session at the top of this page!

Be an Ambassador

Read more about our Ambassador program here.

Teach with Yoga Behind Bars

When you teach for Yoga Behind Bars, you build a bridge between two worlds. It is an experience that will change your life and the lives of your students. Offering yoga in a prison environment is undeniably challenging and also incredibly rewarding. Because of this, we encourage applicants who have a strong sense of commitment, skill, and capacity for compassion.

Steps to becoming a YBB instructor

  1. Sign up for our Trauma-Informed Yoga training. A 200-hour certification is NOT required to come to our trainings!
  2. To be a lead teacher with us we require that you complete a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training or equivalent experience. We also have openings for classroom assistants for which a 200-hour certification is not necessary.
  3. Joining the YBB teacher team can take time. Prisons and jails often have lengthy application processing times and we have to work with the schedule restrictions placed on us.
  4. After your paperwork is processed and cleared by a facility (yay!), we offer extensive mentoring and all active instructors have access to free continuing education workshops throughout the year.

We also support people outside of Washington State who are interested in starting or enriching their own programs. Please contact Jess if you’d like to host our training in your community. 



Join our amazing team!

Join our amazing team!

Corporate & Community Partnership Specialist 

We seek a committed individual with experience in corporate relations, event management, and community outreach, who is also social media savvy and has great communication and organizational skills. This position reports to the Development Director. You will also work closely with programs and administrative staff on our tight-knit team, which requires a collaborative approach and creative and strategic thinking skills. Expect a fast-moving, all hands-on-deck environment, with lots of room for making a difference.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a genuine passion for the mission of Yoga Behind Bars, as well as the skills to reach our annual fundraising goals. They will be able to independently organize and prioritize their time and tasks; be clear, engaging, and persuasive communicators, in person and in writing; be technologically adept; and possess a collaborative spirit. Relevant experience matters, but we also deeply value a drive to learn and transferable skills. Commitment toward anti-racist work is important. Must have valid driver’s license, job requires light driving (personal vehicle not needed).

We will start interviewing candidates the week of January 24, with an ideal start date of February 19, 2019. Click here YBB_2019_CorporateCommunityPartnershipSpecialist  for the full job description and instructions on how to apply.


Peace is an inside job. Sign up and join us today

But it starts with you and with each other.

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