Liberation Prison Yoga is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization with a mission to serve prisons and jails, bringing trauma-conscious yoga programs to incarcerated women, men, LGBTQ, youth, staff, and those whose lives are affected by incarceration; to train yoga instructors to work inside the prison system; and to educate the public about trauma-conscious yoga.
Workshops, Events & News
Liberation Prison Yoga Weekend Training and Workshop, New York City April 28-29, 2018
At Bowery Yoga. Open to Yoga Instructors and Serious Practitioners. Weekend immersion into LPY’s Unconditional Model.
Weekly Liberation Community Class, free of charge, in the Unconditional Model, New York City, Every Monday, 4:30-5:30pm
At The 3 Jewels Yoga Center, 5, East 3rd Street @Bowery, New York, NY 10003. 4:30-5:30pm Mondays.
Let’s be the quiet revolution – moving towards integration instead of isolation, healing instead of punishment, and peace amid unrest – inside ourselves, and inside the prisons.Anneke Lucas
March 2018 Letter from the Director of Training:
I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love and in the fire of truth.
– Assata Shakur
Patty* was new to the dorm. With another quiet morning, I thought class would be light. When I asked if anyone wanted to practice she quietly raised her hand. I could see her hanging back seeing if anyone else would join her and when no one did she came out by herself. ‘I’ve worked out before but never done yoga, I don’t know what I’m doing.’ There was a hard shell around her, one I’ve seen a lot. It‘s necessary to survive the experience. I gave her a mat, blocks and bolster and told her that I would do some poses and she could do what felt right for her. I got a nod and we were off. Again I spoke about the stress response. It’s important. These women live in a state of stress every moment of every day, sometimes even while asleep. When I talk about how yoga may help that as well as the spirit, a compassionate determination rises up. Patty’s gentle movement inspired 6 others and another 3 watched. Conversation picked up. During a lull, Patty burst out and said, ‘I was really shy when I first started class. It’s like being 5 at the playground all over again. But I like this’ Carmen*, another student said, ‘I’m glad you did, it’s what made me come over.’ Another said, ‘Yeah, me too.’ Others nodded in agreement. By the time we arrived at meditation Patty had to leave for medical but she looked at me and asked my name again. She’d heard it earlier but decided she was interested in knowing it. I get that. She also gave me her real name and said she’d see me next week. She felt good. After class, there was more chatting than usual. And even though Patty had left class she was the catalyst. It only takes one. I saw her on my way out and she had her armor back on but she caught my eye and threw me a small nod. There isn’t a day that this work isn’t powerful. You hold the space. It’s not about you. You take care of yourself and your soul because this work demands it and you deserve it. But once in awhile a class can really crack your heart open and make you grateful. This is yoga and it can quietly change the world. May all beings be free from suffering.
— Oneika Mays- LMT, E-RYT Director of Training, Liberation Prison Yoga