$325 – $375

Prison Yoga Project: Personal and Cultural Transformation - Hooksett, NH

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Turtlesong Yoga

198 Londonberry Turnpike

Hooksett, NH 03106

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Prison Yoga Project: Personal and Cultural Transformation through the Lens of Incarceration

This workshop is for anyone who desires to be a catalyst for social change and tilt the scale towards a more just, equitable, humane, and compassionate world through yoga as service. Using the lens of social justice, mass incarceration, and trauma, we will explore key themes of universal human experiences. We will investigate what imprisons us as individuals and as a culture, and understand how yoga can support personal and collective transformation.

Over the past decade, Prison Yoga Project has implemented hundreds of yoga programs and brought yoga to tens of thousands of people in jails and prisons. In this workshop, we will provide a context for yoga as a therapeutic practice that promotes maximum benefit and avoids potential harm. To be of genuine service, it is critical that people have a clear understanding of the conditions that lead to, exist within, and result from imprisonment. From our years of experience working with incarcerated people, we have formulated an approach to yoga as an embodied mindfulness practice for addressing root causes of mental, emotional, and social disturbances, and have committed ourselves to foster the conditions necessary to empower others toward their own insight and personal transformation.

Through self-inquiry, open discourse, evidence, and direct embodied experience, including two full-length, trauma-informed yoga practices, suitable for any level of ability, this workshop will inspire and empower people, in any field, to become agents for positive social change. It will clarify the true intent and healing potential of yoga, and how we can provide skills from its practice to contribute to a more humane, safe, and empathically connected world.

Topics covered include:

  • PYP’s principles of trauma-informed yoga, how they differ from other styles of yoga, and other trauma-informed approaches

  • The necessity for embodied mindfulness interventions, like yoga, combined with cognitive-behavioral therapy, to support effective and holistic rehabilitation

  • Yoga’s contribution to Restorative Justice principles and practices

  • Contradictions within the Retributive Justice System that inhibit rehabilitation

  • Perceptions and misperceptions of yoga as a philosophical, physical and spiritual practice

  • Demographics of incarceration and how they relate to race, privilege, and power

  • Current and historical trends in mass incarceration, and systems of justice

  • The unique socio-cultural environment of prisons and jails

  • The correlation between trauma and incarceration

  • Understanding how dysregulation of the nervous system leads to harmful, anti-social behavior and compromised health

  • Key principles from Somatic Psychology and Polyvagal Theory to understand the conditions necessary to survive and thrive

  • A context for facilitation that restores power to participants and creates meaningful connections through equitable relationships

  • The value of radical empathy, personal responsibility, and inclusion to promote social justice and equity


Scholarships and payment plans available. For information please contact scholarships@prisonyoga.org

This workshop qualifies for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with Yoga Alliance for RYTs.


Event Times:

Friday, 6/26 - 6:30pm - 9:00 pm

Saturday, 6/27 -12:00pm - 7:00pm

Sunday, 6/28 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

(Saturday and Sunday include a 1-hour break)


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