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Prison Yoga + Meditation Panel

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Edendale Branch Library

2011 Sunset Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90026

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Join Prison Yoga and Meditation co-directors Nancy Deville and Farah Godrej and PY+M manager Janice Clifford as they discuss their work in the Los Angeles county system. Prison Yoga + Meditation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) group of volunteers that brings yoga and meditation to prisoners in five Los Angeles county, state and federal facilities to help them heal.

Ms. Deville began practicing yoga in 1997. Her practice includes Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikrim and myriad spin-offs she believes would make Krishnamacharya smile. She began Mindful Meditation in 2008 and also practices her own method of connecting with the breath. Her vision in founding PY+M is to share yoga and meditation with love, compassion and respect to those who have endured trauma and incarceration so that they can cope with PTSD and Post Incarceration Syndrome, avoid reoffending, and go on to the full expression of their lives. Nancy is a novelist, memoirist, designer and author of numerous books in the health genre. She lives on the beach with her whippet, Scarlett.

Dr. Godrej is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. Her areas of research and teaching include Indian political thought, Gandhi’s political thought, cosmopolitanism, globalization, comparative political theory, and environmental political thought. She is the author of Cosmopolitan Political Thought: Method, Practice, Discipline (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011). Her new work examines the role of the yogic and meditative traditions of South Asia within U.S. mass incarceration.

This program is part of the Book to Action series at Edendale Branch Library. Book to Action takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their newfound knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book. Rachel Kushner's The Mars Room is the chosen book this year and the topics discussed are incarceration and reentry. The final community service project is to create welcome home kits for the women in the reentry program, A New Way of Life.

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