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Anneke

Anneke Lucas, E-RYT 500, founded Liberation Prison Yoga in 2014. Aside from her duties as executive director, Anneke trains new volunteer instructors on site. She also teaches regularly at several of the eight facilities where LPY has weekly programs. She conducts trainings…

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Kimberleigh

Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit, MA, RYT, is Liberation PY’s Director of Women’s Services, serves on the Board and teaches the prenatal yoga class for Liberation Prison Yoga at Rikers Island. She is a registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor, and has been a yoga teacher…

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Brittney

Brittney Scullark teaches weekly yoga classes with staff at the Manhattan Detention Complex, and a class with female inmates at Rikers Island through Liberation Prison Yoga. She is a 200RYT Vinyasa Flow technique teacher through Pure Yoga East, and CPR Trained. With a Fashion and…

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Cate

Cate Brainard, RYT 200, serves as Secretary of the Board. She teaches yoga classes at FCI Danbury and Bedford Hills for Liberation Prison Yoga. She has been practicing yoga on and off for many years, but her practice has intensified in the past two years as she began to fully appreciate the physical…

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Patty

Patty Schneider, E-RYT 500 supervises Liberation Prison Yoga classes in the prisons in Westchester and teaches a weekly yoga class for Liberation Prison Yoga at Bedford Hills, a Maximum Security facility for women in Westchester, and a class at the Re-Entry Unit of Taconic Correctional Facility…

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Jacqueline

Jacqueline Sailer (RYT200) recognizes the power of yoga to enrich, heal and reconnect the mind, body and spirit. She is grateful to Liberation Prison Yoga for the opportunity to bring trauma-sensitive yoga to detained women at the Rikers Island jail complex, and to those…

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Murphy

Murphy Cox-Nicol leads weekly yoga classes with Liberation Prison Yoga at the Manhattan Detention Center aka “the Tombs.” He regularly works with male inmates and occasionally the transgender population. Unreliable knees led Murphy to discover…

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Yael

Yael Stone teaches women in Liberation Prison Yoga’s program at Rikers Island. In May 2013 Yael completed her 200 hr certification with Yoga To the People in New York. She continues to teach at the YTTP St Marks studio and loves it. The physical practice has always been very…

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Cynthia

Cynthia Svigals, RYT, discovered the countless benefits of yoga over 20 years ago while studying in London. Upon receiving her BA from Connecticut College in 1996, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in modern dance, but practicing yoga remained a constant. In 1998 she completed…

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Denise

Denise Nobile, RYT, is honored to be teaching yoga and mindfulness to the women at Taconic Correctional Facility. Denise was drawn to yoga as a form of physical release while working through her own trauma. She soon discovered an amazing, almost magical world outside the realm of the…

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Thomas

Thomas Filan teaches with Liberation Prison Yoga at Wallkill Correctional Facility in New York State, a medium security facility for men. Tom has been practicing yoga for over forty seven years and teaching for over twenty five. Initially he taught himself, and he took his first official training…

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Adrianna

Adrianna Keener is honored to teach the Mommy-Baby yoga class for Liberation Prison Yoga at the nursery at Rikers Island, as well as co-teaching women on the prenatal unit. She is a 200 hour registered Yoga Teacher through Conquering Lion in New York City, and a certified…

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Julianne

Julianne Brenza, RYT500 teaches a weekly trauma-informed class to women in the general population at Taconic Correctional, a medium security facility in Westchester, with Liberation Prison Yoga. Julianne has practiced law in many contexts, has been a yoga enthusiast…

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Jill

Jill Drew teaches women at Rikers Island with Liberation Prison Yoga, and has been joyfully practicing yoga for 20 years, primarily in the Iyengar tradition. Jill is a certified mindfulness meditation facilitator (300-hour) and is currently completing her 500-hour training with…

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Lisa

Lisa Schiller assists with yoga and meditation at the Manhattan Detention Center on the transgender unit and the special protection unit. A yoga practitioner since 1991, Lisa brings depth of life and yoga experience to share and takes her practice very seriously when…

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