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Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Yoga Can Disrupt the School-to-Prison Pipeline | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
This is an interview with B.K. Bose, who started the non-profit Niroga Institute with a few yoga students in 2005. Niroga was asked to help work with a group of delinquent young women in an alternative high school in the San Francisco Bay Area, and from the first yoga class the Niroga teachers could see how these students took to the mindful action, breathing and centering (the ABCs) like fish to water. They seemed to connect with a place inside themselves that was safe from all the dysfunction

Today, Niroga conducts over 100 yoga classes a week in 40 sites throughout the Bay Area, serving over 5,000 children, youth, and adults annually, in mainstream and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails, rehab centers, and cancer hospitals.
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Mindfulness in the city : Safe and stressless


When kids drop out of school, the risks of inner-city violence increases.  Entire families are struggling with stresses that can be reduced with scientific approaches to mindful yoga and meditation.

Thet's where Niroga Institute's program comes into play: Transformative Life Skills (TLS).


Nurturing every child's Potential


"We believe that every child and every youth has infinite capability for self-awareness and self-mastery, to act rather than merely react, to achieve their fullest potential."


Watch a short video on Yoga, Self-Control and Social Transformation here.


by Rob Schware

12 Dec 2012


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Restorative Justice | Mural Arts Program

Restorative Justice | Mural Arts Program | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Restorative Justice is a concept of justice that involves the victim, the offender, and the community in the healing process. Globally, restorative justice practices can be viewed as an alternative to incarceration and revenge, enabling all parties to communicate, attempt to understand what has happened to the community, and then proceed to healing and restoration. These tasks can be accomplished through various means, from traditional talking circles to formal victim/offender mediation conferences. This is a difficult process and requires thoughtfulness, awareness, and inner strength. Restorative justice practices help to unify communities affected by crime and to transform community members divided by the criminal justice system.


The Mural Arts Program incorporates the concepts of restorative justice through art instruction, mural making, and community service work within the criminal justice system. Current inmates, ex-offenders, and juvenile delinquents are given the opportunity to learn new skills and make a positive contribution to their communities to repair the prior harm they may have caused. In the Mural Arts Restorative Justice program there is a growing emphasis on re-entry, reclamation of civic spaces, and the use of art to give voice to people who have consistently felt disconnected from society.

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