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Yoga Behind Bars

Yoga Behind Bars

Urban Yoga Spa is proud to support Yoga Behind Bars (YBB), Washington State’s only nonprofit dedicated to bringing yoga and meditation to prisons, jails and detention centers. Since 2008, YBB has helped thousands of incarcerated youth, women, and men transform their lives. ​Every week a team of over 40 volunteers teach 26 yoga and meditation classes in ten locations (and growing!) right here in the Puget Sound region.

Did you know that more than 2.2 million people in the United States live behind bars?  This means one out of every 28 American children has a parent in prison or jail. The US puts more of its citizens behind bars than any other nation. Yoga Behind Bars is committed to breaking this cycle of suffering.

Yoga in prison works. YBB’s unique and effective approach to yoga has been recognized both locally and nationally. Scientists are confirming what yoga practitioners have known for thousands of years. Yoga and meditation:

  • Drastically reduce rates of recidivism- people who practice yoga and meditation behind bars are less likely to return to prison once they have finished their sentence.
  • Reduce depression, anger, and anxiety.  Imagine the stress of just one day in prison.
  • Offer an effective adjunctive therapy during treatment for drug addiction.
  • Increase people’s overall sense of wellbeing and peace, no matter the circumstances.

YBB shares UYS’ philosophy that yoga should be accessible to everyone, and believes deeply in the impact of yoga and meditation. We are proud to support them as our central nonprofit focus. ​​