What we do
We are a network of volunteers giving Yoga and Mindfulness classes in
jails, juvenile justice, recovery centers, homeless shelters, libraries, and
more. Men and women of all ages and conditions participate. We do:
What we are not
We are not a religion. We are not associated with any one teacher or
tradition. We do not do acrobatic or extreme yoga.
inmates of a major Miami jail.
*See here a video with Anneke Lucas in another part of the country; we
are working in similar ways here in South Florida.
Moving to Florida, he started teaching in the libraries.
Then he moved on the very neglected and very large
prison, jail and juvenile systems. He has certification in
Transformational Meditation and in Kripalu Yoga. He
works part-time as a school teacher.
Claudia Castillo ~ instructor
many supplementary studies, are her outer
qualifications. Inwardly, her eldest son who passed away
is her spiritual teacher and inspiration, and this enhances
her understanding of others as she shares tools and helps
them deal with their own tragedies and inner blocks.
Miyako Haag ~ Advisor and Board Member
As Vice President of the Pepsom Group, she provides
operational assistance. She has also mentored juveniles
at the Turner Guilford Knight Detention Center.
Jessica Cardenas ~ Technical Advisor
Jessica assists us within her range of administrative
services, promotional assistance and networking skills.
Professionally, she is the Legal Assistant to Catholic Legal
Services of Miami, where she also helps with processing
and translation services for immigrant children and
others. She is a graduate of St. Thomas School of Law
Herbert Heck ~ Instructor
Along with meditation, Herbert specializes in a rigorous
physical approach to yoga that is much appreciated by the
male inmates he volunteers with. He also does charity
yoga classes. Professionally, he is a performing musician
and a high school music teacher.
Virginia like to teach the youth. She has worked with
Green Monkey Yoga Center and with Conscious Coalition
(formerly Yoga Gangsters). Professionally she is a high
school science teacher and directs an after school science
The monks and nuns of Ananda Marga, a meditation and
humanitarian group, have served as guest teachers in
many of our classes and have and even hosted us in
several countries. Acharya has taught in prisons, has
extensive experience in cooperative living projects in
Latin America and has written a book on it.