Yoga & Meditation in the Jail, a collaboration with Dukes County House of Corrections.

Weekly meditation and yoga classes offered in house to jail residents, taught by FLY Yoga School Graduates.

The program began in March 2015 and is ongoing. The intention is three-fold:

  • To offer yoga & meditation education to residents that help to boost morale, mindfulness and problem-solving alternatives; offering inmates tools to cope with the stress and trauma of being in jail through their physical mental and emotional bodies

  • To create a more peaceful jail culture by offering a program that encourages positive group activity and community building

  • To empower the residents with a practice that can assist their coping for re-entry into society post-jail.

Program Growth Needs:

  • Partial Scholarship opportunities for potential teachers to take the FLY Yoga Teacher Training and continue to offer programming in the jail

  • Professional Leadership Mentoring & Development

"Positive programming can have a huge impact in correctional facilities. In February 2016, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported 47 percent, almost half, of inmates were incarcerated for a drug-related offense. Once there, they don’t always receive treatment. But studies have shown that inmates who participate in treatment programs while incarcerated have 9 to 18 percent lower recidivism rates than those who receive no treatment, and that their drug-relapse rate is 15 to 35 percent lower."  MV Times, May 2016

Yoga for Pain Management, a collaboration with Martha’s Vineyard Hospital

A combination of weekly Yoga for Pain Management classes, run as a six-week series and one-day workshops. People taking the classes are referred to the program through the Pain Clinic at the hospital and doctors, the Lyme Support Group, and Island Counseling, with a new group of students each session. Classes include restorative yoga postures, meditation and breathwork that emphasize pain-coping skills.

The program began in October  2016 and is ongoing. The intention is three-fold:

  • Help reduce addiction to pain medications by offering students with chronic pain alternatives pain coping strategies through yoga

  • Educate students about the body’s response to trauma and inflammation, and empower them to practice techniques shared through yoga to improve their well-being by offering a do-able in-class and take-home yoga sequences, breathing and meditations

  • Create a stronger community of support for those suffering from the isolation of chronic pain

Program Growth Needs:

  • Due to the growing Lyme epidemic and other causes of chronic pain in our Island residents, we currently have a wait-list for our six-week sessions. We are currently working towards offering additional sessions to address the demands.

“Drug-related mortality rates are on the rise as more people struggle to taper off medications prescribed for depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain.”
— MV Times, December 2016

Yoga for SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER, a collaboration with Island Wide Youth Collaborative MARTHA'S VINEYARD COMMUNITY SERVICES Recovery Coach program

  • Open participation in weekly public yoga classes offered to Recovery Coaches and recoverees. Each coach and recoveree is offered some free classes and continued fee-assisted classes if desired.

  • Professional development one-day workshops offered to Recovery Coaches sharing quick breathing and meditation techniques they can share with recoverees

  • Partial-scholarships for Teacher Training Certification through FLY Yoga School and continued mentoring for recoverees who demonstrate potential to teach yoga to at-risk youth through Martha's Vineyard Community Services Island Wide Youth Collaborative Pathfinders Program in collaboration with the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School

The program began in September 2016 and is ongoing. The intention is three-fold:

  • To share yoga education with those on the path of addiction recovery in hopes to empower them by improving individual decision-making skills, physical, mental and emotional wellness, and be part of a healthy public yoga community.

  • To nurture and assist service providers by giving them the opportunity to participate in yoga classes and professional development workshops, increasing tools to be practiced for themselves and shared with recoverees

  • To provide leadership opportunities through teacher training for those in recovery to move out of the cycle of addiction and towards professional and personal opportunities to “give-back” to others with substance use disorder.