Nature is Medicine — Even in a Prison Cell

Trees are the earth's endless effort to speak to the listening heaven. --Rabindranath Tagore by Nalini Nadkarn The “Moss-in-Prison” project helped me bring my love for trees and forest to men and women in the deepest windowless reaches of the prison system. “We learned that the inmates who viewed nature videos committed twenty-six percent fewer …

Why We Teach Yoga And Mindfulness In Prison, by James Fox M.A

Most prisoners suffer from Complex Trauma, chronic interpersonal trauma experienced early in life such as abandonment, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and witnessing crime – including murder. We call this “original pain.” These experiences, imprinted by the terrifying emotions that accompany them, are held deeply in the mind, …