YBB’s upcoming Yoga Teacher Training for prisoners will be heldAugust 15–January 24th at Stafford Creek Corrections Center.
Offering a Yoga Teacher Training to prisoners has been a YBB dream for many years. A core team consisting of Natalie Cielle (Director of Training), Nari Baker (former Program Director), Laura Prudhomme (longtime YBB volunteer), and Rosa Vissers (Executive Director) have been working hard to craft a training program designed both to inspire our students to embody yoga in their own lives, and to provide them with the skills necessary to teach yoga–as certified teachers– in their facility and beyond.Our 12 students have been carefully chosen because of their leadership and commitment to mentoring others. We are thrilled for this opportunity to work with them as they transform from students to teachers, and we are so pleased we can share this transformation with our YBB community!
People who practice yoga and meditation are less likely to return to prison once they finish their sentence. Thanks to our classes, incarcerated people can connect more deeply with themselves and others, inviting self-reflection, care, and compassion. Our students feel healthier, happier and more at peace. The transformation can be profound—students now have a set of tools to cope with stress and anxiety while in prison and for when they return to our communities.