Centering Youth has started a Yoga and Mindfulness class at the Dekalb Regional Youth Detention Center in Dekalb County, Georgia. We think this is the first Yoga and Mindfulness class in any juvenile or adult prison or detention center operated by the state of Georgia.
Yoga and Mindfulness training are positive physical and mental activities that have proven effective in providing those who are incarcerated with tools for achieving calm and focus, and developing mental and emotional space for making reasoned rather than reactive decisions. It is the goal of the Centering Youth to give participants tools to help them function in their current environment, as well as in their family units, in schools and in their communities, so they can succeed in reaching their positive goals, avoid future contact with the criminal justice system and advance the cause of community safety.
Click here to watch an informative video from Time Magazine, featuring Prison Yoga Project founder James Fox, about the Yoga and Mindfulness classes at San Quentin Prison in California.