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Founder and Executive Director Anneke Lucas started creating programs in different facilities in 2011, bringing along yoga teachers, social workers and psychologists, training them to apply the specific trauma conscious approach our teachers share in the prison and jail settings. Each class comprises of yoga and meditation. Liberation Prison Yoga programs may also include discussion, free-flow writing or other healing modalities.
The effectiveness of yoga and mindfulness practices have been amply proven, but few studies have been done inside the prisons. Currently, LPY’s Executive Director Anneke Lucas is in the process of collaborating with the NYC Department of Correction, the NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation and PhD Candidates at John Jay College to conduct an in-depth study to measure the effectiveness of the Liberation Prison Yoga programs conducted at Rikers Island, New York.
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