Sadhana Service Project

Sadhana Service Project. Photo of prison yoga class by Robert Sturman.

We bring trauma-informed, mindfulness-based yoga and meditation to people impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration.

the project

Sadhana Service Project logoSadhana Service Project programs now running concurrently in the Hudson Valley include yoga at prisons, recovery facilities, and residential centers for young people. We are also working with men and women on parole and low-income seniors. In addition, we are creating programs to train interested teachers, in order to work skillfully with different populations.

The Sadhana Service Project is about taking yoga and moving it outside our studio to assist people with their transformation and rehabilitation. For example, in 2018 we initiated a yoga program for women on parole at the Women’s Center in Poughkeepsie. We also participated in a volunteer program that taught yoga to young men and women in the Hudson Correctional Facility. 

This year our project has exploded: we now teach yoga and meditation in eight different organizations in the Hudson Valley. And we receive more requests for help every week.  As a result, we need additional funding to pay more teachers for more classes, and to provide props for more students.

Sadhana Service Project currently serves:

  • Columbia County Jail, Hudson
  • Hudson Correctional Facility, Hudson
  • Greenport Manor, low-income housing for seniors, Greenport
  • Twin County Recovery, Hudson
  • Red Hook Residential, alternative to prison program for young men, Red Hook
  • Meadowbrook, for women in recovery, Rhinebeck
  • Project More, for women on parole, Poughkeepsie
  • Transitions, for men on parole, Hyde Park

and now, the training!

Preparations are now in the works to offer our first yoga teacher training in a recovery center! This is big, really big! This is one of the only, if not the only, program of its kind in the United States. We are deep in the planning stages with Samaritan Village in Rhinebeck, NY, and a dedicated group of women in recovery, who want to learn to become yoga teachers.

There is much work to be done; we see that now! We are inspired, and a bit daunted. Ultimately, we know that without getting in the arena (as Brené Brown coaches) and giving our blood, sweat and tears, nothing will happen. And this must happen! We are so grateful for your support!