A couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a link to an indiegogo campaign for a program that supports yoga classes at Riker's Island prison in New York City - the Liberation Prison Yoga project. For awhile now, I had been thinking about how I might be able to reach populations that need yoga and its benefits as much as or more than the usual group of self selecting people who wander into a yoga studio. And here it is!
Not only did I give some money towards the fundraiser, which will double the size of the program, I also signed up to be a teacher! The complicated bureaucracy of the prison system means that it will likely be fall before I begin teaching, but it is in the works.
The program's founder and director, Anneke Lucas, made her initial goal but she just added an additional $5000 to expand the program to be even bigger and better. The deadline is tomorrow! I hope you will consider supporting this beautiful program that brings the healing powers of yoga to those who need it most. And we all benefit from that!