Our Programs

  1. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
  2. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
  3. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
  4. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
  5. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
  6. Prison Yoga Project Santa Barbara
Each 1.5 hour session focuses on:
• cultivating mindfulness through awareness of breath and conscious movement
• supporting the prisoners in releasing stress, trauma, and reactive behavior
• empowering them to address the opportunities they face such as mental health, impulse control & addiction recovery.

Eight volunteer yoga instructors teach five weekly sessions, serving men, women, and young men at three facilities in Santa Barbar County- the Santa Barbara County Main Jail, Santa Barbara County Medium Security Facility, and Los Prietos Boys Camp. We have new facilities and additional classes on our waiting list. We also distribute Prison Yoga Project books and share information about locations and scholarships to community yoga options upon release.
  1. “Please know that your class has played a huge role in my maintaining an attitude of hope and gratitude.”

  2. “This is the definition of Rehabilitation.  Thank you!" -K. H.

  3. “Thank you so much for this yoga class. You wouldn’t believe how yoga has helped me to focus and see myself in a new light. It’s amazing how simple stretches can change your life.”

  4. “Very amazing. Wish you came more than once a week. Helps so much with anxiety.”

  5. “It felt really relaxing. Thank you! Helps with anxiety, depression and my lower back.”

  6. “What happened? I was meditating and the time disappeared!" -J.B.

  7. “I am 3 1/2 months pregnant and I always feel so peaceful & super wonderful after class.  Thank you so much for taking the time to come teach class.  You are amazing!" -A.A.

  8. "Yoga was inspiring, fun, energetic, made me feel like I was doing something with myself besides just sitting around.  Gave me a good feeling - positive." -J.S.

Data Sample
gathered from young men at the Los Prietos Boys Camp when asked how they felt before and after class and what contributed to that shift

Additional Studies on the Impact of Yoga on Incarcerated Populations:

FELT BEFORE CLASS

FELT AFTER CLASS

AWARE OF NOW

Psycho-Physiological Effects of Yoga

Memory & Psychobiology of Post-Traumatic Stress


Trauma-Sensitive Yoga


Mindfulness Meditation and Substance Use in an Incarcerated Population


Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in Therapeutic Community Treatment: A Stage 1 Trial

The Role of Yoga in Healing Trauma

ANGRY

RELAXED

BREATH

FOCUS

CHILL

MAD

YOGA

HYPER

CALM

BORED

BREATH

RELAXED

BREATH

TIRED

ALERT

WANDERING THOUGHTS

PRESENT

BREATH