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Prison Yoga Teacher Training

Prison Yoga Teacher Training

At the Oregon Department of Corrections (DOC), we train adults in custody to become certified yoga teachers. They teach to their peers living with developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. With the practice of yoga, they are able to find stillness and quietness in an otherwise chaotic environment. Yoga helps them to practice non-violence and compassion on the inside.

In March of 2016, we graduated our first cohort of students at Oregon State Correctional Institution (OSCI). Our program was the first in the nation to successfully complete a Yoga-Alliance yoga teacher training in a prison. The 12 teachers on the inside are currently leading classes within the prison for which we offer ongoing support. Weekly, our volunteers on the outside offer feedback and support to our OSCI teachers.

The DOC has requested this program in three other local prisons. We are working toward bringing these programs to them.

If you are interested in working with us, send us an email via our contact page.

“The program has given me more perspective of the brain and neuroscience stuff. It’s been cool looking at the brain developmentally, looking at how people are functioning. That’s taught me a little more compassion, a little more patience.” – Shawn, OSCI Teacher Training Graduate 

“I’ve been so excited about this program from the beginning. When the volunteer teachers started coming in, I felt the sense of community in here growing in a way that I just never saw possible before. I dreamed of stuff like this. I’m like, “Yeah, this would feel great.” The reality is beyond that expectation.” – Kevin, OSCI Teacher Training Graduate