Prison Yoga Project

Offering yoga instruction for incarcerated youth and adults in Southeastern Wisconsin.

Background

The Prison Yoga Project began as a collaboration between omTown Yogis and Well On Your Way. Under the direction of Dr. Michael Duffey, former Director for Peace Studies at Marquette University, Well On Your Way serves the populations of secured correctional facilities in Southeastern Wisconsin. Project Recovery is a program to reintegrate former inmates into the community. omTown Yogis also collaborates with Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility, which is the care and custody of male offenders, ages 18 through 24.  

omTown Yogis’s role in this collaboration is sourcing teachers to teach yoga to individuals who are incarcerated or are in the process of reintegration.

 

Teaching in Prison Yoga Project

This program serves as an avenue for teachers seeking to advance their personal calling of service and an opportunity for Yoga Teacher Trainees who need to fulfill karma requirements as part of their training. 

This is a volunteer program. Our intention is that the Prison Yoga Project contributes positively to the personal growth of all involved. Below are some general guidelines and requirements for project participation:

Class length. 45- to 60-minute classes are focused on basic instruction.

Professional boundaries must be maintained; adhering to each facility’s security requirements and working within the scope of basic yoga instruction is critical and required.  

Student population. Students are primarily male, ages 18+ (other opportunities may be available in the future).

Time commitment. There is no minimum commitment required of classes you teach. We work with your availability and add classes at facilities as we grow our teacher base.

 

Requirements

omTown teachers must have a 200RYT or currently be a part of a 200RYT program with instructors’ permission.  

A background check by each facility must be passed.

Attendance at an orientation led by a Wisconsin Department of Correction Officer. We attempt to organize these orientations in yoga teacher groups.

Process

  1. Written application. Applications must be completed and sent to Joe Frederick. Contact Joe to obtain details on the next steps. All applications must also be approved by each facility. Each facility is responsible for their own security. [Click here for applications for the specific facilities.]
  2. Formal Orientation. Training is provided at each of the facilities to review protocols and procedures after the application is approved.  Orientations and co-ordinated at each facility. How do they get involved in this? Do you coordinate this? 
  3. Scheduling. Email alerts and a group calendar enable the teacher to view openings and self-schedule a class and/or classes. If there is an illness, text Joe Frederick to obtain coverage.  If we have a vacancy, we have the option to cancel the open class.  

Contact Information

Joe Frederick
omTown Yogis Prison Yoga Project Director
262-784-6600 (text/call)

 

Locations and Opportunities

Facility

Location

Current schedule

Additional notes

Milwaukee County House of Correction 

8885 S 68th St, Franklin, WI 53132

Tuesdays, 9-11 AM:
1-hour male
1-hour female

Separate 1-hour consecutive classes for male and female students.  

State of Wisconsin Minimum Security Facilities

   

The websites of each of the State facilities have information about the populations.  

Felmers Cheney Correctional Center

2825 N 30th St, Milwaukee, WI 53210

Mondays, 3-4 PM:
1-hour male

Saturdays, 9-10 AM:
1-hour male

 

Marshall E. Sherrer Correctional Center

1318 N 14th St
Milwaukee, WI 53205

TBA

We need more teachers to establish a schedule

State of Wisconsin Youthful Offenders, Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility

1501 Albert St
Racine, WI 53404

Tentatively Jan 2020 Fridays, 2:30-3:30 PM:
1-hour male

 

Project Return

2821 Vel R Phillips Ave, Suite 223
Milwaukee, WI  53212

TBA

Yoga has been introduced; we need more teachers to establish a schedule



 

Recommended reading

Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: Principles, Practice & Research

Bridging Body & Mind: Considerations for Trauma-informed Yoga

The Lived Experience of Teaching Trauma-sensitive Yoga

Healing Trauma through Yoga: a 4.5 hour e-course

 

 

 

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