Date & Time
01/30/2020 - 01/31/2020
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Different traumatized populations are found inside of prisons and jails, and incarceration itself is a traumatic experience. How do we offer a safe space within an inherently unsafe environment? How do we reach people who’ve been shut down by trauma and mental illness? How do we set boundaries?
During this workshop, we will explore power dynamics within ourselves, reflected in the outside world, and in the justice system. Utilize tools to heal from trauma, work with traumatized populations, and learn how to reverse the damage. You will practice, and perhaps even teach in the trauma-conscious style. The session includes meditations and mindfulness exercises in the Liberation Prison Yoga method, focused on unconditional, nonjudgmental acceptance, rather than on accountability and changing behavior. No professional teaching certification is required to take the workshop, though having an active yoga/meditation practice is helpful.
In this workshop we will cover:
- Social conscience and the importance of safety in yoga
- Healing global trauma
- How trauma affects the brain: the science behind trauma-conscious practices
A Liberation Prison Yoga Empowerment Practice – Level I
- The 12 elements of a trauma-informed practice
- Teaching from the heart
- Conversation about race and privilege
- Logistics of volunteering inside a prison or jail
- Working with mothers, babies, and pregnant women
A Liberation Prison Yoga Empowerment Practice Level II
- The art of connecting to emotionally shut-down students
- The psychopath-empath-apath triad
- Practice-teach break-out groups: discussion, guided meditation and trauma informed yoga
- How to set up your own prison program
Note: Taking the Liberation Prison Yoga Training does not automatically grant volunteer teacher placement with Liberation Prison Yoga facilities. The Training (minimum 12 hours), is the preliminary step to be recognized as a Liberation Prison Yoga teacher. The training does prepare you to start a program and/or teach in a correctional facility on your own. Space is limited, register early.
A Two-Day Workshop
Thursday – Friday, January 30 – January 31, 2020, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Members $280/ Nonmembers $350
(An additional $25 for CE Credit that will be collected at the class.)
Click here for additional classes with Anneke Lucas.
“The Trauma Informed Yoga training with Liberation Prison Yoga goes beyond the movement of yoga. The information received and the vibe of the class was informative, thought provoking and filled me with a fire to seek more ways to serve my community. I would recommend this training for anyone working with marginalized populations. No topic is left untouched and all topics are addressed with care and intention.” – Jillian Faulks-Majuta, Bowery – February 3 & 4, 2018
“The Liberation Prison Yoga training was a deeply impactful experience, both personally and politically. Anneke’s teachings really bring you face to face with the reality that incarcerated populations are ‘invisible populations’ and brings to bear the heartache and loneliness perpetrated by a system designed to keep it that way. Anneke and team inspire a team of ‘love warriors’ to go into these invisible places, come face to face with people just like us, and show them our humanity, and in so doing restore their humanity. I have not yet taught in a prison (my intent is to do so), so my experience is not first hand, but I realized that this is so not about the yoga, it’s about being human and courageous and real. I feel honored to have been part of this deep and powerful training” – Trace Cohen
“It was the most awe inspiring, revealing and transformative training I have ever done. The courage and compassion
in the room was beyond my expectations. Thank you to all!!!” – Jill Lord, October 17-18, 2016 Training, NYC
“As a teacher and lifelong yoga practitioner, training with Anneke and Liberation Prison Yoga is an incredibly important and powerful experience- this workshop is fundamental for those preparing to contribute in an underserved setting. Anneke challenges the patterns of privilege in modern yoga, she empowers trainees to shift the paradigm and to establish yoga as a healing space.” – Hannah Gallagher
New York Open Center
Anneke Lucas is an author, speaker, advocate for victims of child sex trafficking, founder of the nonprofit organization Liberation Prison Yoga and creator of the Unconditional Model. Her work is based on personal experience of overcoming obstacles on a 30-year journey to mental and physical health after surviving some of the worst atrocities known to humankind before the age of 12. Sold as a young child into a murderous pedophile network by her family, she was dramatically rescued after nearly six years of abuse and torture.
Her healing through psychotherapy, writing, yoga, and meditation were synthesized during a decade of service with incarcerated populations, survivors of sex trafficking, and satanic ritual abuse inside and outside of prisons. Sharing her journey shaped her message for personal and global healing through the Unconditional Model, the new modality she developed.
The Unconditional Model focuses on providers to be unconditionally present for their clients, students, or participants, by using awareness of power dynamics as an entrance point into one’s personal unresolved trauma, to create an egalitarian system within one’s own body-mind system through personal healing, and to empathically spread healing awareness to empower others. The global goal of the Unconditional Model is to render the external vertical power structure unnecessary, by each person’s liberation from dependence on external values and privileges, as ego-boosters through increased agency and self-empowerment. Anneke is currently working on a book about the Unconditional Model, represented by Sam Hyate from the Rights Factory.