Emily Westlake
Administrative Manager 


Friday October 28th at 6:30pm - Sunday October 30th at 5:00pm

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Namaste Yoga Studio 
18021 15th Avenue Northeast
Shoreline, WA 98155

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$325 early bird ($350 after 9/5)
This includes 17 hours of training and a $75 manual. 

Payments in installments, scholarships for people of color, and work/exchange available, please contact us for more information.

  • Please note that we ask for a non-refundable $25 administrative fee from all participants
  • If you unexpectedly can't make it to the training, you can move your registration fee to a future training. Or, if you need to cancel:
    •  If you cancel up to  14 days before training, you will get reimbursed in full, minus a $25 administrative fee
    • Cancellations within  14  days of the training will be refunded 50%
    • Cancellations within  7 days of the training will not be reimbursed, except in case of emergency

Who are we?

Yoga Behind Bars shares yoga and meditation with incarcerated people to promote rehabilitation, personal transformation, and a more just society for all.

When we started out, Yoga Behind Bars was one yoga teacher offering one weekly class in Seattle's downtown jail. Today a team of 60+ volunteer yoga instructors teach an average of 26 yoga and meditation classes a week in fourteen prisons, jails and detention centers across Washington state. 

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Training Sponsored by

Namaste Yoga Studio


Yoga Behind Bars Teacher Training 


Join us for the most comprehensive training available for teaching in prisons and in other vulnerable communities.

This training is for anyone interested in or currently working with trauma and marginalized populations. You do not have to be a yoga teacher to participate, but the training will be more meaningful if you have an active yoga and/or meditation practice. 

Deepen your own practice. Learn trauma-informed healing modalities to address the unique challenges faced by populations impacted by trauma, especially incarcerated youth, women, and men. Make a difference.
Friday, October 28th from 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday, October 29th  from 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, October 30th, 9:30am to 5:00pm 
What you can expect:
  • A safe space for self-exploration, growth, and community building
  • Thorough preparation to offer trauma informed yoga and meditation in prison or any other setting to foster connection, safety, and healing. Including:
    • Boundary training
    • Verbal adjustments and languaging
    • Time with current YBB instructors
    • Prison culture
  • Training on race and social justice and skills for working in environments of suffering/trauma in a sustainable and just way
  • Inspiration and community
  • The 60+ page Yoga Behind Bars manual, valued at $150
  • 17 hours of CE credit with Yoga Alliance
This training is for yoga and meditation teachers as well as anybody wanting to study yoga based tools to work with trauma. In order to volunteer for YBB after completion of the training, 200-hour certification or equivalent experience is required.
We're excited for you to join a national movement for creating social change with trauma informed yoga and meditation.

About the Trainers

Rosa Vissers, Executive Director. Rosa joined Yoga Behind Bars as a volunteer in 2010 and has never looked back. She became a staff member in 2013 contributing a wide range of experience working for grassroots nonprofits such as Velocity Dance Center and Dance Art Group. Originally from the Netherlands, Rosa combines her commitment to service and social justice with an international dance career. 

Rosa fell in love with yoga in 2005 and completed her 500-hour Yoga Certification in 2007 at Centered City Yoga in Salt Lake City. She earned an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Utah, a BFA from ArtEZ in the Netherlands, and is a certified Permaculture Designer. She teaches at the women's prison in Gig Harbor and men's prison in Monroe. You can see her TEDx talk about the power of yoga in prisons here

 Jess Frank is YBB's Program Director. Her passion for providing transformative opportunities to incarcerated people sparked at the start of her career and has only grown since she became a YBB instructor over two years ago. As a program coordinator for the Post Prison Education Program and University Beyond Bars, Jess became both intimately acquainted with the challenges facing people in the criminal justice system and deeply inspired by the dedication of the students. As YBB's program director, Jess manages and mentors volunteers, oversees program expansion, and conducts site visits and evaluations. One of the highlights of her week is teaching yoga to 25 students at the men’s prison in Monroe.  

Guest Faculty and YBB Teachers

 Natalie Cielle, Co-Founder and former Executive Director of YBB 

 Alyssa Pizarro, Race and Social Justice Facilitator

Nova Guthrie, YBB Volunteer and formerly incarcerated person

Gwendolyn Payton, Attorney at Law and YBB volunteer

...and current Yoga Behind Bars teachers TBD!