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.
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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.
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.
Meet Our Team
Founder, Executive Director
Nancy began practicing yoga in 1997. Her practice includes Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikrim and …
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 …
Certified Senior Instructor
De Jur manages PY+M yoga/meditation programs at a county facility. Along with Sarit, De Jur handles the scheduling …
What People Are Saying
"This is a beautiful offering, bringing dignity to broken hearts."
"I don’t believe everyone should get out of prison, but I do believe that everyone is redeemable."
"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."
"Yoga has expanded my awareness beyond the confines of my usual way of viewing myself and others."
"Words can't express how grateful we are that your instructors have brought yoga and meditation to us."
"Yoga has helped me learn how to control myself and be more patient."
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.
If you'd like to reach out for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to hear from you!