YBB’s 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 13 students have been selected for their leadership and commitment to mentoring others. They come from 5 different prisons around the state, most of them serving life sentences. Students will participate in 100+ hours of training, lead by YBB teachers Laura Prudhomme and Dawn Hanson as well as special guest teachers. After completing the training, each participant will return to their home facility to teach yoga under the continued guidance of Yoga Behind Bars.We are thrilled for this opportunity to work with each trainee as they transform from students to teachers and thankful for our partnership with the Department of Corrections in making this program a reality.
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.