Yoga Behind Bars is at an expansive and dynamic stage of development.
Our strategy reaffirms our commitment to youth and adults behind bars in Washington State—they are at the heart of our work. We are currently deepening our reach at the 18 facilities we serve, both through our volunteer instructors and the incarcerated teachers we trained and mentored over the past three years. We also continue to share our best practices and methodology with people interested in teaching Trauma-Informed Yoga, locally and nationally. As we grow, more sophisticated operational infrastructure and additional staff will be necessary to support sustainable scale and expansion.
“I really feel in the deepest chambers of my hearts heart. YBB should be in every facility.” YBB Student
Over the next three years we will continue to engage in community building and education events to drive awareness and inspire people to be part of transforming our criminal justice system.
1)Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people are equipped with practical body-based mindfulness practices and methods to lead and thrive in their communities.
2)YBB contributes globally in the field of trauma-informed yoga and prison reform. Trauma-informed training and resilience-building approaches become the norm in the field of yoga.
3)We are part of a larger movement to reform prison culture in the U.S. We acknowledge the role that racism, poverty, and systemic failures play in the culture of mass incarceration, and we partner with aligned organizations in our advocacy and education efforts.
4)YBB engages individuals, businesses, foundations, and partners in our work, to ensure human and financial resources for long-term success and scale. In pursuing and allocating these funds, we operate in a way that is consistent with our mission, vision, and values.
“I am so proud of this organization and its growth, and am confident that it will continue to attract mainstream support. The tides are turning.” -YBB Funder
We’re Reimagining The Criminal Justice System