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Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project

Studies show that a majority of those admitted to prisons around the world have in some way been exposed to a trauma in their childhood or adulthood. The traumas like being abandoned, homelessness, domestic violence, substance abuse, witnessed violence and victims of sexual abuse.
Prison Yoga Project uses trauma-based evidence-based techniques to re-establish a sense of security, control and freedom in its own body.
What is a trauma? How does traumatic stress affect the body and the brain? How can yoga relieve posttraumatic stress syndrome and complex traumatization?
A lecture on methods and techniques that suits everyone working with people who have been exposed to traumatic experiences or chronic stress.

Josefin Wikström

Josefin has practiced and studied yoga for the past 24 years. She has many years of experience working with children and adults who have undergone trauma both in India and in Sweden. The classes are designed from this practical work and her own experiences that yoga and dance are incredibly simple, effective and joyful methods that can be used by everyone. Josefin was educated through The Trauma Institute in Boston, USA, led by Bessel van der Kolk, MD, a leading authority in trauma research. In her programs, trauma sensitive yoga is also included through several training courses and collaboration with James Fox, founder of The Prison Yoga Project USA, as well as motion therapy with Tripura Kashyap in India.

Eva Seilitz

Eva Seilitz holds a Masters in religion and inter faith studies degree in Religion and Life Sciences, and is a certified Hatha yoga teacher in Sweden and the United States. She has previously worked as a public health coordinator for the municipality of Norrtälje, and for eight years she laid the foundations for the National Defense Agency's national yoga concept. A yoga concept that is evidence-based and builds on the latest research, which she developed in collaboration with Josefin Wikström and her colleagues in the Criminal Care. In the autumn of 2017 she, together with Josefin Wikström, has developed a trained yoga program for the legal psychiatric regional clinic in Vadstena. Eva works widely in different areas of society to strengthen a life of meaning, direction and existential health. Her primary teacher and mentor was the scientist Jonas Salk who, at the time, produced the polio vaccine and wrote a series of books about human evolution and human condition in the cosmos. A visionary force that has been guiding Eve since they met in Santa Barbara in 1974.

Samir Sabri

Samir Sabri is a highly appreciated and experienced lecturer and yoga teacher who through his strong history raises many emotions. But he also describes that there is a way out of crime and addiction. Sabri is the initiator of 2nd Chance that work to prevent crime, to get young people at risk of getting into crime or stuck in a drug addiction to see other opportunities. In order to make people able and willing to turn their lives, cooperation, willingness and understanding between the individual and other actors are required.

Tony Puustinen

Tony Puustinen is a former inmate who today is a trained yoga teacher inspired by embodied flow; Anusara, the basis being from the classic Hatha yoga and being a Reiki healer. He is currently educating himself to be a relationship coach. Tony has a long experience of abuse, crime, gangs and time in prison (about 10 years of effective time) before throwing in the towel and making a move to Asia. This resulted in after about 1 year being a criminal down there he got locked up for 6 months and later transferred to Sweden where he served the remainder of his time and came into contact with the research project yoga in the institution by Eva Seilitz. Yoga in combination with therapeutic talks has for Tony been a very important component in educating the ego that drove him away from love to himself and others. Today Tony runs with his girlfriend Shala Spiritual Junkie, that is a yoga studio / center for personal development in various forms in central Gothenburg. Tony mediates yoga from the heart & vulnerability, as well as from his own experiences in his transformation, which is a lifelong process.