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Freeing the prisoner within

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James Fox, founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, will lead this workshop based on his 17 years of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness practices to underserved populations including the incarcerated. Formerly incarcerated San Quentin students of his will join in the workshop that will include the following topics:

• Karma Yoga – the maturation of a yoga practice
• Mindfulness and its role as an inherent aspect of traditional yoga
• Trauma Informed Yoga (TIY)
• Yoga’s contribution to Restorative Justice principles and practices
• Asana, pranayama and meditation practices proven effective for psychological and emotional well-being

James Fox M.A. is the founder of the Prison Yoga Project and author of Yoga A Path for Healing & Recovery. He is trained in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation disciplines, as well as in applying yoga practices for addiction recovery and the dissociative effects of trauma. Since 2002, James has taught yoga and meditation to prisoners at San Quentin Prison and many other U.S. and foreign correctional facilities.

James has dedicated his career to bring the mental and emotional health benefits of yoga and meditation to at-risk populations. In addition to his work with adult prisoners he has lengthy experience teaching at-risk youth in detention, at a residential treatment facility and for inner city community programs. He has also worked with a leading restorative justice agency and has several years of experience as a facilitator of victim/offender, violence prevention and emotional literacy classes for prisoners. He has served as an advisor to the National Institute of Health sponsored Chicago Urban Mindfulness Program and is on the faculty for Loyola Marymount University’s (Los Angeles) Yoga and Mindfulness for Social Change Certification Program. In 2015, James was a recipient of a Karma Yoga Award from Yoga Journal Magazine.


Earlier Event: April 28
Adjustment Clinic w/ Leigha Nicole
Later Event: May 18
Stephanie Nelson @ Mysore Oakland