From prison to yoga retreat

We’ve highlighted Robbie Norris’ work in the Richmond City Jail a few times. Others, too, are working to bring yoga to current or former inmates. But this story is about turning a former prison into a yoga retreat: Two years ago, Shekhar Patel bought Camp Georgetown for $241,000 with plans to open a seasonal camp … Continue reading From prison to yoga retreat

Twice the yoga in prison is twice as good

A great update on his work with inmates is over at Robbie Norris’ site. We touched on it before, via Eddie Stern’s highlighting it, but Robbie adds a little more detail: With the inception of the non-competitive, anonymously funded grant last September, I added two classes per week for the ladies of the Richmond City … Continue reading Twice the yoga in prison is twice as good

Study: Yoga helps prisoners with mental health issues, could save money

We’ve pointed you in Robbie Norris’ direction a few times. He teaches yoga to prisoners in Richmond, Va. Now there’s even more science to back up all the great work Robbie is doing. A study by researchers at Oxford University have completed a 10-week trial on prisoners that discovered a variety of benefits. Per the … Continue reading Study: Yoga helps prisoners with mental health issues, could save money

Yoga as therapy for PTSD and prisoners

A great quote highlights a story this week on PRI’s The World about yoga’s use in treating PTSD: “I thought it was a joke,” said Vietnam veteran Paul Gryzwinski. “And I remembered actually laughing out loud and they said no we’re really not kidding you’re going to be going to yoga.” The focus of the piece, … Continue reading Yoga as therapy for PTSD and prisoners

More letters from prisoners prove Ashtanga works

Our friend-by-way-of-the-Internet, Robbie Norris, has posted two new letters from inmates to whom he teaches yoga. If that doesn’t sound familiar, check out our previous posts on Robbie. And, I’ll repeat: We’re talking about teaching yoga to folks in prison. Here’s how he’s prefaced his latest offering: Individuals taking private lessons; boys at Oak Ridge Juvenile Correctional Center; and … Continue reading More letters from prisoners prove Ashtanga works

‘Ashtanga Yoga in prisons can benefit the culture’

Here’s something to ponder on our collective day off. In our recent post about David Swenson and Robbie Norris at the Richmond City Jail (we’re still watching to see when Swenson’s site re-posts about it per our update earlier), Robbie left a comment that I think is worth highlighting: My hope is that the publicity will … Continue reading ‘Ashtanga Yoga in prisons can benefit the culture’

On practicing Ashtanga alone, in prison

One of the most wonderful things about having this blog is the connections it has enabled us to have with people throughout the country and the world. Among the truly incredible people we’ve come across, and begun small correspondence with, is Robbie Norris. We’ve mentioned him twice now, here and here. Eddie Stern introduced us, … Continue reading On practicing Ashtanga alone, in prison

Yoga in prisons: All about the self-control

I probably don’t have to tell you that yoga can help with impulse control and self-discipline. (I’m glad I don’t, as I’m too busy sneaking bites of a cookie to do so…) Maybe, though, it’s worth reminding you that yoga can help prisoners with the same issues. That’s proven true for James Fox, founder of … Continue reading Yoga in prisons: All about the self-control

Take ‘time’ to read this

Prison yoga seems to be a subtopic here. Perhaps it reflects that we’re all imprisoned in the maya of this world and our roundabout on the karmic wheel. Whatever the reason, you might find your way closer to reaching realize if you read Tim Miller’s blog post this week: Apparently there are quite a few … Continue reading Take ‘time’ to read this