$435 – $635

Prison Yoga Chicago + Yoga Behind Bars Trauma Informed Yoga Training

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Heaven Meets Earth Yoga Studio

2746 Central Street

Evanston, IL 60201

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We're partnering with Yoga Behind Bars on a three day Trauma Informed Yoga Training.

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PYC x YBB Trauma-Informed Yoga Training

Prison Yoga Chicago is partnering with leaders in criminal justice reform and trauma-informed yoga fields, Yoga Behind Bars, from Washington State to bring you a powerful three-day training this September!

Our 3-day Trauma-Informed Yoga training is open to anyone interested in or currently working with trauma and vulnerable populations. Participants include social workers, yoga practitioners and teachers, health care professionals, and educators. We offer a unique and practical roadmap for leveraging the power of yoga for increased well-being, trauma recovery, and lasting social change.

Join a growing force in your community creating positive change with trauma-sensitive yoga, movement, and meditation!

Study with experts in the field, and cover topics such as social justice and yoga, trauma-informed instructional strategies, boundaries, and self care.

This training is for anybody wanting to learn trauma-informed, somatic tools. Past participants have included yoga instructors, medical professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, detention staff and people who want to deepen their own practice. See below for what to expect:

What to expect:

  • A brave space for self-exploration, growth, and community building
  • Thorough preparation to offer trauma informed yoga and meditation in jail, prison or any other setting to foster connection, safety, and healing. Including:
  • Boundary training
  • Verbal adjustments and languaging
  • Time with current YBB instructors
  • Culture inside prisons
  • Training on race and social justice and skills for working in environments of suffering/trauma in a sustainable and just way
  • Inspiration and community
  • The 60+ page Yoga Behind Bars manual, valued at $75
  • 17 hours of CE credit with Yoga Alliance


  • Friday: 3pm - 8:30pm
  • Saturday: 9am - 5pm
  • Sunday: 9am - 3pm

Training fees: Sliding Scale**

Yoga Behind Bars pricing is based on a sliding scale from $435-635, a limited number of scholarships are available for people of color, formerly incarcerated folks, and partial work/trade by request. Teachers who teach with PYC are eligible to be picked for a scholarship. You can apply here: bit.ly/YBB-Scholarship.

$435 Access Rate (this is the subsidized rate for those who need financial assistance to access the training)

$535 Standard Rate (this covers the expenses of the training)

$635 Sustaining Rate (paying this rate subsidizes scholarships for formerly-incarcerated participants and others with less financial ability)

*All rates include 17 hours of training and a $75 manual.

**It is our hope that offering a sliding scale will help us grow a strong and sustainable teaching community. If you can ask others for financial support, such as family members, partners, or friends, please consider using those personal resources before you choose the access level of the sliding scale. Many of our past participants have successfully fundraised in their communities to cover their training fees.

Our Missions

Prison Yoga Chicago

We believe yoga should be accessible to everybody. Our mission is to provide trauma informed yoga, meditation, intention setting, and breath work as a form of social activism to help rehabilitate the criminal justice system.


Yoga Behind Bars

We share yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, personal transformation, and a more just society for all .

Since 2008, our programs have opened doors to self-understanding, resilience, and transformation for thousands of incarcerated adults and youth. YBB has trained over 800 people in trauma-informed yoga instruction, and has hosted two yoga teacher trainings in WA state prisons. Over half of our 40 classes taught per week are led by instructors who are incarcerated.


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