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A follow up to the last post about prison yoga.  Meet Ronnie, a San Quentin inmate and a grateful Yogi.
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Yoga in Prison | Weekend guest post by @RobertSturman. 10 image post.
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The very first time I went into a prison to begin documenting the rapidly growing yoga programs, I sat down with the warden afterwards to learn more about the program she was developing.  This was in 2011.  I don’t remember all of the conversation, but there was one thing Warden Coco Salinas said that I will never forget: “I noticed that the guys who are doing the yoga are making better choices.”
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That’s the statement that inspired me to return again and again and again.
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Here are 10 images created in male and female prisons from California to Nairobi, Kenya.
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This collection of images are from the following institutions:
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San Quentin State Prison.
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Las Colinas Women’s Detention Center | San Diego.
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DVI | Tracy, California.
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Langata Women’s Maximum Security Prison | Nairobi, Kenya.
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Upward Bow on the New England coast.
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Firefighter | New York.
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The hand gesture described by Olivia Kvitne, founder of @yogaforfirstresponders:
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Eric is doing what we call in Yoga For First Responders, Warrior Grip. As we refined our protocol for teaching yoga to first responders so it could be more culturally informed, a similar issue continued to come up: A good portion of my students were uncomfortable with the Namaskar Mudra (prayer hands) of classical yoga. There may have been several reasons but what I gathered was that they either equated the hand gesture with religion or it just simply made them feel silly. So, I educated my students on the Namaskar Mudra but then also decided to adjust it to be something that they could relate to, yet still hold the place of Namaskar during a yoga practice.
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The fist in the palm is borrowed from the Martial Arts tradition. We do it a little bit differently as most martial arts wrap the left hand around the right, but we often keep the palm open just so it's easier to feel engagement of the chest frame in postures. The right fist signifies rigorous practice, challenge and sometimes war, where as the left signifies virtuosity and self-discipline. The left palm and the right fist come together showing that power must also come with self-restraint and mindfulness. This theme is huge in our classes for first responders. They see so much violence, death and destruction on a daily basis that without a practice of self-discipline, they can lose their mindful edge. This can lead to burn out and all the terrible things that come with it (PTSD, suicide) but before that can lead to mistakes on the job which in that line of work, could mean life or death.
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When I see this gorgeous photo of Eric in uniform, it says to me that he is going into his daily battle with wisdom, strength, virtue, honor, and respect for himself and those he serves. ~ Olivia Kvitne @yogaforfirstresponders.
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Firefighter @eric.brenneman | #tacticalbreathwork #traumainformedyoga #theyogaworld.
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Hip-hop, selfie booths, and candlelight are just a few of the secrets to Y7’s success. Read how they became one of the hottest yoga brands—and what you can learn from them to breathe new life into your business, too on YJ.com
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Ever wonder what top yoga teachers’ #yoga and #meditation practices really look like? You know, when they’re not filtering out every imperfection to create the perfect Gram? Click through to find out or read the full article on YJ.com
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Tightness in your upper body? Try these poses to open the shoulders and stretch the arms. Read on YJ.com
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#TBT to International Yoga Day in NYC 🧘🏻‍♀️
Stay tuned this month as we continue to roll out more content to celebrate International Yoga Month!
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Here’s what a yoga therapist (and anorexia survivor) says are the most important things to remember when someone who suffers from an eating disorder comes to your class. Read on YJ.com
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After a summer filled with retrogrades, eclipses, and supermoons, September is bringing an invitation to settle in—and make yourself useful. Read how to use what’s happening in the stars in your yoga practice on YJ.com
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