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

Doing time, even if we’re innocent

Another must-read from Tim Miller this week: Last week I received a letter from a man named Tony Egbuna Ford.  Tony wrote, “I am on Texas Death Row, and I have been doing Ashtanga Yoga for well over a year.  I am pretty proficient with the Primary series and have no problem doing any of … Continue reading Doing time, even if we’re innocent

More good yoga from Richmond and David Swenson

Robbie Norris has highlighted another of the students in the Richmond City Jail — and as always, it is worth a read. Click here. That story is compelling — how Ashtanga has helped curb a breathing problem. But I also was struck by this: And thank you, David Swenson, for continuing to send yoga mats … Continue reading More good yoga from Richmond and David Swenson

‘Yoga has helped me open my mind to the possibilities of good health and life’

It’s always good to see a new post from Robbie Norris at Richmond Private Yoga. Maybe you get tired of his good news stories, but I don’t. His latest: As the packed room of 20 men rested at the end of the Richmond City Justice Center (Richmond City Jail) yoga class, I realized I wanted … Continue reading ‘Yoga has helped me open my mind to the possibilities of good health and life’

A non-so-strange tale of jail yoga

I promised in the last post to keep this one short. So I’ll point you toward Robbie Norris’ latest, which tells a story from off the mat — and thus isn’t caught in some wordy yoga conundrum: So, since January 5th, I’ve seen a rare thing: a guy gets released from a long jail sentence … Continue reading A non-so-strange tale of jail yoga

A reminder of why we do yoga

It comes — as it has before — from Robbie Norris, who teaches yoga with a firm grounding in Ashtanga, to those in the Richmond City Jail and at his own studio: Three years later, on October 21, 2014, while sugaring my coffee at Starbucks, I heard a voice, “Hey, I think you taught me … Continue reading A reminder of why we do yoga

Eddie Stern: William Broad, you’ve been served

In just the past couple of days, Eddie Stern has tossed a lot up on his AYNY blog (and re-designed it again). We’ll to everything, if you’ve missed it, but we’ll begin with his (self-admittedly delayed) response to a William Broad article in the New York Times last fall: As Broad’s by-line lists him as … Continue reading Eddie Stern: William Broad, you’ve been served

More firsthand, from jail, proof of Ashtanga yoga’s great impact

Robbie Norris from Richmond Private Yoga and his Richmond City Jail Ashtanga Yoga Program posted this week that his jail yoga program — in part supported by the Broome St. Temple — has gotten another three-year commitment of support to continue its work helping prisoners. Here’s a a quick summary of the program via Robbie: I … Continue reading More firsthand, from jail, proof of Ashtanga yoga’s great impact

Heading to AYNY and a 50 degree drop in temp

We are packed for our weekend workshop at Ashtanga Yoga New York, over on the far side of the U.S. Our main message to Eddie Stern and Robert Moses has been: It has been 85 degrees in LA this week. We’ll see how we handle temps in the 30s. (I know, many of you aren’t … Continue reading Heading to AYNY and a 50 degree drop in temp