BENEFITING: Karuna Prison Yoga
Help us bring relief from suffering to inmates in S.C. through yoga and meditation. For the cost of one yoga class, you can help bring yoga and mindfulness to male and female inmates in South Carolina prisons. We are a team of teachers committed to offering yoga for trauma and rehabilitation to those who need it most so that they can be more productive citizens, friends, parents, family members, and workers, even those inmates serving life sentences. Most prisoners suffer from complex trauma and addictions. Some have been sexually, emotionally, and physically abused, suffered from abandonment or violence and/or witnessed violence or crime. Many have followed a trajectory established by chronic incarceration of family members and their journey to prison was a learned behavior or even a self-fulfilling prophecy. Karuna Prison Yoga of South Carolina seeks to rehabilitate and facilitate the healing of inmates so that they can respond vs. react to stressful situations and return to society with a better way of dealing with stress and trauma. Physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy inmates mean less taxpayer costs to medical and psychiatric care and better working conditions for prison employees. Money donated to our organization will help bring yoga classes to inmates seeking a way to better themselves and give them a sense of purpose. The money will help pay for teachers so that we can expand the classes to more prisons, their travel expenses to and from the prisons, training, mats and props and yoga teacher trainings for interested inmates so they can become peer mediators and teachers for other inmates and expand the program to those whom our outside teachers cannot reach due to restrictions. Long-term goals include bringing yoga to at-risk youth, children of inmates, and prison employees. Although our expansion has been slow, it has been steady and we are confident that more people will begin to recognize the benefits of yoga and mindfulness for inmates and the positive impact it will have, not only on the inmates themselves, but those who are directly affected by them.