A yoga teacher and marketing director for the nonprofit Yoga 4 Change, a 501c3 supported in partnership with Meriden's Women and Families Center, Aidee teaches yoga at the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Jacksonville, FL.
I hope that yoga service as a separate and distinct practice becomes our collective social way of being -- how we treat one
Even though there may not be quantifiable statistics that prove that yoga prevents recidivism, our purpose is to infiltrate and claim as much spiritual real estate as possible. We teach yoga to incarcerated women because we believe yoga can help them go on to experience the full expression of their lives.
Teaching yoga in jail isn't just about giving the women exercise, it's about giving them tools to cope. That's why I always start with the hope that Tadasana brings.
This is an interview with Perri van Rossem, who began teaching yoga as a volunteer in 2005 at Collins Bay Medium Security Institution in Kingston, Ontario; she has been teaching there ever since. In addition, she coordinates yoga programs being offered in three other institutions.
I met Mike Huggins a year ago at the Sedona Yoga Festival, over dinner, and heard some of his story; you will read the rest below. He started practicing yoga 12 years ago to help deal with chronic back pain.
This is an interview with Sara K. Schneider, who wrote about law enforcement in her book, "Art of Darkness: Ingenious Performances by Undercover Operatives, Con Men, and Others."
HuffPost's Third Metric seeks to redefine success beyond money and power. As part of our ongoing series, we discuss how to help prisoners practice mindfulness and find well-being when they're serving time behind bars.
"Yoga's not for everybody, it wasn't really for me when I first started," Simms said. "It's one thing to be physically in
Deuel Vocational Institution: Tracy, Calif. San Quentin State Prison: San Quentin, Calif. These aren't the type of prison
What did you know about the population you are working with before you began teaching? The motivation remains the same, but
This is an interview with Heather Ruggero, whose yoga service work began in March 2010 teaching weekly classes to staff and
Of course, it's not entirely surprising that yoga can have these kinds of mental health benefits. A wealth of past research
What are some of your ideas about or hopes for the future of "service yoga" in America in the next decade? How has this work
Former inmate Bryan Shulls told HuffPost Live that in prison yoga became "something that I could do everyday to [...] become
This is an interview with Elizabeth Johnstone, who in 2007 started teaching yoga and meditation at York Correctional Institution in Niantic, Conn. In 2008, she founded the non-profit organization Recovery Yoga to help expand yoga and meditation instruction in correctional facilities.
They were freedom yogis, practicing to find liberation behind bars. Imagine how confronting and challenging -- and how meaningful and transformative -- it would be to show up to your yoga mat every day if you were in jail for life.