Prisons Are Places of Great Human Suffering

We bring yoga and meditation to prisoners at 5 Los Angeles county, federal and state facilities to promote healing. Your kindness can change lives. Please donate today!

About Us

Healing From Within

Prison Yoga + Meditation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) group of volunteers that brings yoga and meditation to prisoners in 5 Los Angeles county, state and federal facilities to help them heal.

WHO WE ARE

Beautiful, Aware, Unique Volunteers

Our volunteers are beautiful, aware, unique individuals who teach prisoners because they have all experienced healing through yoga and meditation. Because of the sensitive nature of the criminal justice system, we are not at liberty to disclose the facilities in which we teach. We teach women, men, gay men, transgender individuals and juveniles who are serving a few days in jail up to life sentences in state, county and federal facilities spread out over the greater Los Angeles area.

Our Mission

Bringing Yoga & Meditation to Prisoners to Promote Healing

Healing From Within

Our volunteers have ventured into jails and prisons with the message “Healing from Within” that many find new and hopeful.

A System In Need

Our punitive prison system is a failed experiment—an established fact that even crime victims wish to see changed.

Compassion & Comfort

Regardless of a person’s religious affiliation, yoga & meditation can help free a person from his/her physical nature to unite with the Divine within.

A Centering Journey

Compassion toward traumatized prisoners fosters self-compassion, which further promotes healing.

Culture of Self Discipline

We believe people who have stronger willpower have better life outcomes than people who don’t.

Fun & Mind Clearing

There are many physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits of having fun and allowing the mind to empty out completely.

Expert Intsructors

Meet Our Team

Nancy

Nancy

Founder, Executive Director

Nancy began practicing yoga in 1997. Her practice includes Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikrim and …

Farah

Farah

Co-Director, Certified Senior Instructor

Farah is both a scholar and practitioner of South Asia’s yogic and meditative traditions. She is Associate Professor of …

De Jur

De Jur

Certified Senior Instructor

De Jur manages PY+M yoga/meditation programs at a county facility. Along with Sarit, De Jur handles the scheduling …

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

"This is a beautiful offering, bringing dignity to broken hearts."

Christopher Germer, PhD

Co-Founder, The Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

"I don’t believe everyone should get out of prison, but I do believe that everyone is redeemable."

Sister Mary Sean Hodges, O.P.

PREP (Partnership For Re-Entry Program), Archdiocese of Los Angeles

"We believe that yoga and meditation can help people go on to the full expression of their lives and that all of society will benefit."

Nancy

Founder, Prison Yoga and Meditation

"Yoga has expanded my awareness beyond the confines of my usual way of viewing myself and others."

Jordan

Serving a Life Sentence

"Words can't express how grateful we are that your instructors have brought yoga and meditation to us."

James

Serving a Life Sentence

"Yoga has helped me learn how to control myself and be more patient."

Malcolm

Serving a Life Sentence

Our Partner

We are proud to be partnering with Headspace to reach more prisoners with meditation!

Catherine

Catherine

Instructor

Catherine is a 300 hour registered yoga teacher. She is in grad school as a Master’s Candidate in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Catherine completed her teacher training at One Down Dog yoga studio in Silverlake, and has followed up with the 100 hour certificate Yoga Mindfulness and Social Change through LMU extension. Catherine teaches privately and studies a lot.  She is thrilled to continue her lifelong yoga journey with the study of Sanskrit and opportunities to be of service to the community.
Matthew

Matthew

Instructor

Trained in India and in the U.S, Matthew combines the two worlds in his classes, the spiritual east and physical west. In 1999 Matthew traveled to India and competed teacher training in Varanasi. Upon returning to the U.S. he taught free classes in community settings for the next 10 years until completing another 200 hour Teacher Training, in Glendale, CA. at Yoga at the Village. Since 2011 Matthew has taught professionally, mostly at Namaste Highland Park in his neighborhood of NE Los Angeles, and occasionally in private or volunteer settings.
Matthew

Matthew

Instructor

Trained in India and in the U.S, Matthew combines the two worlds in his classes, the spiritual east and physical west. In 1999 Matthew traveled to India and competed teacher training in Varanasi. Upon returning to the U.S. he taught free classes in community settings for the next 10 years until completing another 200 hour Teacher Training, in Glendale, CA. at Yoga at the Village. Since 2011 Matthew has taught professionally, mostly at Namaste Highland Park in his neighborhood of NE Los Angeles, and occasionally in private or volunteer settings.

Ready to Make a Change?

With your tax deductible donation, we can help more prisoners heal. Your generosity can change lives. Please share in our dream. We cannot do this without your help.

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