Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System

Editor: Carol Horton, PhD

Yoga is rapidly gaining acceptance as a valuable resource for physical, psychological, behavioral and spiritual health in the U.S. criminal justice system and worldwide. Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System is a user-friendly guide that explains how to develop, implement, and sustain high-quality yoga programs appropriate for jails, prisons, youth detention centers, and court-ordered programs.

Synthesizing the knowledge and experience of 29 leaders in the field, this book is a must-have resource for anyone interested in yoga in the criminal justice system, including yoga teachers and yoga service organizations, correctional officers and other criminal justice professionals, and physical and mental health providers.

Key topics covered include problems of mass incarceration, institutional context and culture, teacher training requirements, curriculum and teaching guidelines, adapting trauma informed yoga to correctional facilities, staffing and developing yoga service organizations, and establishing yoga teacher training programs for incarcerated individuals “on the inside.”

  • Bringing yoga to incarcerated and court involved people is an incredible and necessary endeavor that is not just about allowing them to heal and manage stress, but also about empowerment and justice. This book outlines how to offer the essential tools of yoga in a responsible and effective way. For anyone interested in working in the criminal justice system, please use this invaluable and thoughtful resource to guide you in this very important work. 

    Seane Corn Co-Founder of Off the Mat, Into the World
  • This book is an indispensible tool for anyone who wants to learn to teach in prisons, in juvenile detention centers, in rehab centers, to at risk youth, or even to those struggling with the after effects of trauma. As I read through it, I realize that it really is a great reference book for all yoga teachers and for anyone who wishes to bring the benefits of the yoga practices to any underserved or under-resourced population. 

    Beryl Bender Birch Director/Founder, The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute and The Give Back Yoga Foundation


Bob Altman, RYT-200
S. Barkataki, MEd, E-RYT
Leslie Booker
Bill Brown, PRYT, C-IAYT, RYT-200
Denise Davidson
Toni DeMarco, MS, MFT
Marshawn Feltus
Mary Lynn Fitton, RN, MS, FNP

J. Cohen Harper, MA, E-RYT
Michael Huggins, E-RYT
Jill Weiss Ippolito, RYT
De Jur Jones, C-IAYT, RYT
Sue Jones
Sarahjoy Marsh, MA, E-RYT-500
Kath Meadows, MA, E-RYT-500
B. Murphy, BA, EYT

Gabrielle Prisco, MA, Esq
Danielle Rousseau, PhD, LMHC
Charlene A. Sams, E-RYT
J. Stolley, MS, LMHP, LDAC
K. Thomas, E-RYT, RCYT
Rosa Vissers, MFA, E-YT-500
K. Weiss-Lewit, MA, RYT-500

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