Working Freedom from the Inside

We invite incarcerated individuals to practice yoga, meditation and mindfulness in Santa Barbara County to reduce the impact of trauma and stress of life and incarceration as well as build the skills and mindsets that increase successful re-entry and reduce recidivism rates.

Our Mission

Peaceful Warrior represents advocating for rehabilitative programs in our prison system and supporting prisoners to be Peaceful Warriors while incarcerated and upon reentry.

Aum is the sound of creation, the Namaste that symbolizes the union of individual consciousness with universal higher consciousness.

Hawk gives us elevated perspective. From this vantage point, one may discern challenges which bar freedom of flight.

"Thank you for the beautiful lesson – love of self and awareness of others. Please continue. Namaste."

Why Yoga?
Research studies, some prisoner-specific, have shown yoga, meditation, and breathing training to be effective with anxiety, stress, depression, addiction recovery, hostility reduction, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder–all of which have higher than average incidence rates in prison populations.

Prison Yoga Santa Barbara is the only agency providing yoga and mindfulness skill training to incarcerated youth and adults in Santa Barbara County. We operated entirely as a volunteer organization for five years and have established strong connections with our partner facilities.

Our sessions provide essential stress relief for the present and build critical skills for successful societal re-entry. The men and women we serve learn skills that will benefit them immediately and as they return to homes and jobs: learning to breathe, focusing on the present moment, slowing down their minds, learning how to cope with anger and stress, growing less reactive and more rational. In turn, positive change is felt by their children, families and communities as well.
Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara