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Prison Yoga Project: Building trauma-informed yoga programmes, with James Fox

Season 4, Ep. 2

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Today on the show we have James Fox, the founder of Prison Yoga Project.


Yoga changed the course of James’ life, and in 2002, he started his own organisation - Prison Yoga Project - a programme to teach trauma informed yoga and bring yoga and mindfulness to prisons. 70% of prisoners return to the community there is a 76% re-arrest rate within the first 5 years. Prison Yoga Project supports incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness. Their goal is to help reduce reoffending and providing a more humane experience for incarcerated people. James also has written a book about yoga and sent thousands of copies to prisoners who have requested them.


He began the programme in the US, in San Quentin, and has now brought the practice global - from the U.K., to Mexico to Australia.


In this episode, we talk about the male role complex, how trauma is stored in the body, and why everyone should support yoga in prison if they want a safer and more humane society.


If you’re interested in supporting Prison Yoga Project - they run a book program, which supplies a free book to any inmate who requests one. If you’re interested in a trauma-informed approach to yoga instruction, you can train with Prison Yoga Project. Just head to PrisonYoga.org.


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