OUR PROGRAMS

We recognize and affirm the humanity, potential, and capabilities of our students.

Yoga Teacher Training for Incarcerated People

At YBB we strongly believe in cultivating compassionate leadership behind bars.

At YBB we strongly believe in cultivating compassionate leadership behind bars. Our students know better than anyone what is needed to transform the prison system and ultimately prevent people from returning (or going to prison in the first place.) That is why we train incarcerated men and women to become yoga instructors. In 2015, our first Yoga Teacher Training behind bars was one of the first of its kind in the country. Currently, 7 incarcerated men are offering 9 weekly yoga classes at 4 different state prisons. In 2018, graduates from the training at the women’s prison started teaching yoga at Washington Corrections Center for Women as well as meditation.

photo credit: Emily Westlake

See Our Progress

See What Others Say

Youth Programs

Our programs for youth aim to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce the likelihood of future adult incarceration.

photo credit: Celina Meza 

Half of our programs are for young people. Our programs for youth aim to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and reduce the likelihood of future adult incarceration. We take a resilience-building and practical approach, focused on building inner strengths and connection.

Most youth behind bars suffer from chronic and complex trauma, stemming from early adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Because trauma lives in the body, it can only be addressed and integrated if the body is a central part of treatment and recovery. This is why our trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation programs are so effective.

Our instructors offer weekly programs at 5 juvenile detention facilities in Seattle, Everett, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Snoqualmie.

Adult Programs

YBBs programs focus on restorative practices that facilitate nervous system regulation

Since 2008, we have equipped thousands of incarcerated adults with inner tools to break the cycle of trauma-stress-prison. Using our specialized curriculum, YBBs programs focus on restorative practices that facilitate nervous system regulation, stress management, and resilience.

Our instructors provide weekly programs at 13 prisons and jails throughout Washington State. We work at all custody levels–maximum, medium, minimum, and solitary confinement, as well as mental health treatment units. Our approach to compassionate rehabilitative programming is intended to shift the culture in prison from punishment to healing, harm to transformation, and recidivism to reintegration.

Photo Credit: Kelly Sullivan

Where We Teach

Without vital life skills to cope with stress and trauma it is challenging to leverage other opportunities and resources—such as education and employment. That’s why we focus on these foundational practices and tools.

Clallam Bay Corrections Center

Monroe Correctional Complex

Washington State Reformatory

Stafford Creek Corrections Center

King County Correctional Facility

Maleng Regional Justice Center

Washington Corrections Center for Women

Federal Detention Center, SeaTac

King County Juvenile Detention Center

Echo Glen Children’s Center

Remann Hall

Denney Juvenile Justice Center

Airway Heights Corrections Center

Washington State Penitentiary

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Washington Corrections Center

Whatcom County Juvenile Court

Washington Corrections Center in Shelton

Whatcom County Juvenile Detention Center

Are you ready to bring a light into every cell?

Give the Gift of Yoga and Meditation

You can help us bring positive change to the lives of those behind bars.

Share This