Saturday, Sept. 30,  – 11am-6pm and Sunday Oct. 1,  10am-6pm, 2017 


BOWERY YOGA, New York City

Spend the weekend with the Liberation Prison Yoga Team, training to go into the prisons with the organization or work with traumatized populations. You will get a taste of the unconditionality of trauma-informed yoga in the prisons, and the impact it creates for students and teachers alike. Liberation Prison Yoga has taken the trauma informed teaching model and explored for the most effective, grounded and sensitive ways to bring the benefits of yoga to the incarcerated. Recognizing our personal awareness to be our most important asset in this work, we offer a structured and safe exploration into the self as part of this workshop.

Price $350
Address: 302 Bowery, 3rd Floor,  New York, NY 10012

Different traumatized populations are found inside prisons and jails, and incarceration is itself a traumatic experience. How do we offer a safe space within an inherently unsafe environment? How do we reach people who’ve been shut down by trauma and mental illness? How do we set boundaries? During this workshop, we will explore power dynamics, within ourselves and as reflected in the outside world, and in the justice system. You will learn tools to work with traumatized populations, practice and maybe even teach in the trauma-informed style. We will do meditations and mindfulness exercises in the specific Liberation Prison Yoga method, focused on unconditional, non-judgmental acceptance rather than on accountability and changing behavior. If you are interested in joining our team, you’ll be ready for your on-site training after this Orientation. No professional teaching certification is required to take the workshop, though having an active yoga/meditation practice is helpful.

In this workshop we will cover:

  • Social Conscience and the Importance of safety in yoga
  • How trauma affects the brain
  • A Liberation Prison Yoga Empowerment Practice – Level I
  • The 12 Elements of a Trauma Informed Practice
  • The Unconditionality Model
  • Ahimsa
  • Conversation about race and privilege
  • Logistics of volunteering inside a prison or jail
  • Working with mothers, babies, and pregnant women
  • A Liberation Prison Yoga Empowerment Practice Level II
  • The art of connecting to emotionally shut-down students
  • The Psychopath-Empath-Apath triad
  • Practice-teach break-out groups: discussion, guided meditation and trauma informed yoga
  • How to set up your own prison program
Recommended reading

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Michelle Alexander

New Jack – Ted Conover

Without a Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us – Robert D. Hare, PhD

The Body Keeps the Score – Bessel Vander Kolk, PhD

We’re All Doing Time – Bo Lozoff

Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming your Body – David Emerson, Elizabeth Hopper, PhD

Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson