Ruth Tracey 
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Re: “Richmond City Jail Abruptly Ends Its Much-Praised Yoga Program

This saddens my heart to read. This was a free yoga program in which Robbie provided his time, energy, knowledge and care to the incarcerated population of Richmond City Jail that helped his students cultivate self-control, productive self reflection, self accountability, to release and learn to manage stress and anger along with other self destructive patterns and tendencies and taught people the power of their own self will. It cost the jail nothing at all. Not one penny. This was also a non religious, non denominational alternative to the Christian program that is promoted in the jail. What should be recognized is that people in general are individuals with different belief/faith systems and different mentalities and world views and things that will potentially spark within a personthe desire to change their lives for the better-- incarcerated people included. For the time spent incarcerated to truly be rehabilitative, it only makes sense that there should be a variety of programs that work side by side with one another to help these folk if the goal is really to help current inmates become productive, law abiding citizens by the time they are released, instead of only offering Christian or Islamic faith based programs.
I myself learned Ashtanga Yoga from Robbie in RCJ over 2 years ago and it has helped positively direct my life and even inspired me to volunteer my time sharing this yoga with children and adults in the Northside Gilpin Court neighborhood for about a year and a half in cooperation with the FRIENDS Association for Children. My hope is that the value of the yoga program that so many benefitted from in the Richmond City Jail will be recognized and re established so as to assist some of Richmond's people who need it the most.

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Posted by Ruth Tracey on 12/13/2015 at 7:50 PM

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