In a series of short meditative exercises, Licia Sky guides us to noticing our bodies and the spaces in which we practice these gentle, body-oriented movements. Licia encourages us to connect with ourselves and access our imaginations with slow, intentional movements and a focus on balance, openness, and observation, allowing us to accept the sensations and feelings in our bodies, whatever they are.
Josefin Wikström from the Prison Yoga Project guides weekly classes with beneficial practices that have been co- developed with the women prisoners at the high security prison Hinseberg in Sweden. Josefin has been specializing in creating movement-based programs for traumatic stress in confined environments such as prisons, isolation units, forensic psychiatry and juvenile justice institutions since 2008.
A selection of references and articles related to expressive arts therapy
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Prison Yoga Project supports incarcerated people with trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices to promote rehabilitation, reduce recidivism, and improve public safety.
The program is also aimed at supporting staff and yoga teachers working within the prisons or similar institutions and for all that can hopefully benefit from our programs. The programs are created as a non-profit initiative supported by the online yoga company Yogobe to offer one year free support in the release process for Scandinavian prisoners. For 30 days Free access, use the campaign code: Wikstrom to register and support the Prison Yoga Project
The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. One of the hardest things to get used to is wearing a mask. In this featured post, Linda Thai discusses why wearing a mask is challenging and offers insightful guidance, based on an understanding of the nervous system, that we can all use to feel more comfortable while staying protected.
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