Prison Yoga Project with James Fox – Live Interview

Via Donna Freeman
on Oct 28, 2011
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San Quentin Prison is not the typical locale for a yoga class.

James Fox, founder of the Prison Yoga Project,  however teaches three classes a week here in an effort to bring the rehabilitative benefits of yoga to inmates. For the past decade James has dedicated himself to at-risk populations in detention centers, residential treatment facilities and prisons. He is a firm believer in the power of yoga and mindfulness to assist in working with emotional and psychological issues. Incarceration leads to severe mental, emotional and physical distress with many suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Helping prisoners learn non-reactivity, self-control and self acceptance is key.

Join James as he shares his extraordinary experiences and compassionate insights. Your yoga practice may never be the same.

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Learn more about the Prison Yoga Project on their website, Facebook and Twitter @PrisonYoga.

You can also access a 4 part series of articles regarding yoga for prisoners here on Elephant Journal.

  1. Do Prisoners Deserve Yoga
  2. Know about yoga & mediation for at-risk & incarcerated youth
  3. Yoga at San Quentin: Prisoner Interviews & Photos
  4. Interview with San Quentin Yoga Teacher

Watch for our upcoming interview with Still Quiet Place founder Dr. Amy Saltzman coming in November. Download any of our extensive repertoire of interviews from Yoga In My School on  iTunes includes conversations with Leslie Kaminoff, Shakta Khalsa, YogaDork, Anna Guest Jelly and more.


About Donna Freeman

Teacher, author and expert on yoga for kids and teens, Donna Freeman firmly believes that yoga can be done anywhere, by anyone, at anytime. She grew up in British Columbia, Canada but was introduced to yoga while living in Cape Town, South Africa during her nomad years. She is currently learning acroyoga with her kids and enjoys practicing tadasana while pumping gas or washing dishes. Bob Weisenberg describes her book Once Upon a Pose: A Guide to Yoga Adventure Stories for Children as indispensible. For more about yoga for kids and teens visit her website or the facebook page


4 Responses to “Prison Yoga Project with James Fox – Live Interview”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

    Thank you Donna!!

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  2. Robert says:

    What a great interview.

  3. I had no idea the statistics on incarceration were so high. Thank you for sharing this enlightening interview which will surely inspire anyone listening to embrace the concept of yoga for prisoners. I also appreciate that the first advice was not on a technique to work with others but to work on oneself first. Excellent.