Since September 2015 I have been volunteering at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF), teaching yoga, with my friend Jim Dunn. Jim and I have a vision of creating a yoga program in all seven of Vermont’s correctional facility, but we need help. The most immediate need is to enlist other teachers to help at CRCF. We have moved our weekly class to Saturday afternoons, and it is difficult to be consistent when Jim or I have to be elsewhere, or are sick (I currently have laryngitis!) and cannot teach. So many teachers I speak with seem to LOVE the idea of teaching in a prison, but few actually follow through. I get it – we are all busy, but with the plethora of newly graduated yoga teachers, I truly hope to find a few instructor to commit one, maybe two, hours per month to teach this profoundly grateful group of people. What are the qualifications we are looking for? Confident, mature, yoga teachers (at least 200 hour training) who are capable of teaching a Hatha yoga class to a diverse group of women, possible men if we get more facilities going. Teachers should be able to make modifications for all types of bodies and mindsets, maintain a sense of humor, and be able to ditch their egos at the door. Teachers should be flexible (more mentally than physically), own a pair of sweat pants and a t-shirt (leave your Lululemon at home), and not have a criminal record, i.e. no felony convictions. The women we work with do want to create some heat (there are limited opportunities for them to exercise), yet they don’t want to be embarrassed or feel more ashamed of their bodies than they already do. To volunteer at the prison who can shadow me or Jim a few times, then you’ll be asked to attend a two-hour orientation at the facility. A background check will also be done. Contact me if you are seriously interested.