Peace is an Inside Job
Since 2008, YBB has equipped thousands of incarcerated youth and adults with practical, restorative tools to change their lives from the inside out.
Mass Incarceration Needs to Stop
41% of juveniles and young adults have been arrested by the time they turn 23
TRAUMA INFORMED YOGA
We’re Reimagining The Criminal Justice System
Most people in prison and jail suffer from chronic and complex trauma, stemming from early adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Yet there are very few programs and resources offered to safely integrate this unresolved trauma. This is where we come in.
People who practice yoga in prison, are less likely to return upon release. Yoga Behind Bars is committed to stop the cycle of trauma-stress-prison. We give youth and adults behind bars restorative, effective tools and opportunity to recover, grow, and prepare for their return to our communities. Over half of our programs are for youth, the other half for adults.
Our instructor team of volunteers and incarcerated teachers offer yoga in prisons and jails all over Washington State. We teach at all levels of custody, including mental health units, solitary confinement, and special veterans units. Our work is about recognizing and affirming the humanity, potential, and capabilities in us all. For us, yoga is the vehicle to self-understanding, well-being, resilience, and freedom from the inside out. Peace is an inside job.
Students Reached in 2018
Trauma-Informed Yoga training graduates
Avg Weekly Classes in 2018
Yoga Behind Bars is at an expansive and dynamic stage of development.
An International Leader in Trauma-Informed Yoga.
Over the next three years we will continue to engage in community building and education events to drive awareness and inspire people to advocate for criminal justice reform.
We are built on a foundation of volunteerism and service. A generous and engaged community is the heart and soul of Yoga Behind Bars. Whether you are a yoga teacher or not, you can help fuel our innovative programs!