Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project

Prison Yoga Project

 

 

 

 

Family Paths

Family Paths' Mission:

The Mission of Family Paths is to strengthen family relationships by providing mental health treatment and supportive services with respect, integrity, compassion and hope. We provide services throughout Alameda County. Our headquarters are in Oakland, with a satellite office in Hayward. Many of the families suffer from pot-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from home or community violence. Trauma can cause emotional shutdown, decreasing one's capacity for affectionate connection. Preventing this disconnect between parent and child is the emphasis of the Family Yoga classes offered by trained yoga teachers who are also psychotherapist.

The Family Yoga Classes:

The Family Yoga classes are 45 minutes to 1-hour in length. The children are ages 2-5 years of age and their parents are a birth parent; foster/adopt parent or a relative caregiver. During the past two years of the project mostly moms or grandmothers have attended. An increase in fathers attending is occurring especially as the agency participates in more networking with other agencies working with the Father Initiative. This Initiative is emphasizing that community based organizations increase their services to fathers, which is on of Family Paths strategic planning goals. During each of the Family Yoga sessions the parents/caregivers learn 3-5 techniques for sensory integration and regulation. They practice these techniques with their child(ren) in the class through movement, song, and story- telling about nature and animals, all which relates to the yoga poses and movement they are doing in class. The classes are culturally changed in language and stories for the Spanish language classes.

Family Paths is in collaboration with both the Oakland Public Library and the Hayward Public Library, USCF Benioff Children's Hospital, and La Clinica Health Center to provide these classes in accessible locations.