Among female delinquents, an estimated 70-90% have a history of sexual abuse.
Females accounted for 59% of juvenile arrests for running away and 69% of arrests for prostitution.
From 1994 to 2003, the juvenile arrest rate for aggravated assault increased by 17% for girls and declined 15% for boys.
I can visualizing myself graduating high school, going to college, getting my masters in law and having a steady job and a house for me and my daughter when I get out someday.
When I think of balance relationships come to my mind being 50/50 and everything is even. Meeting halfway.
When I am focused I feel relaxed.
When I’m in peace I’m with my family. When I think of water I think of swimming in the ocean with the dolphins.
When I practice yoga I feel whole, I feel nothing is beyond my reach. I feel beautiful, strong and perfect, and fortunate that I am me.
When I am focused I am at ease. For instance when I draw or write, I block everything out and it’s just me in a whole other world. My world. I breathe more easyer (sic) and just focus. I put my feet flat on the floor and feel the earth.
When I get angry I take it out on other people but I really don’t mean to. I overthink on why I am angry. Sometimes I just cry it out. I like to be by myself when I’m angry. Sometimes I just talk to my roommate.
I see myself at a hospital wearing cartoon character scrubs with a badge with my name on it talking to a patient. I see myself as a nurse someday.
I do that crow pose when you put all your weight on your hands. I look at my hands then and I feel like I’m in charge. you get that feeling you can choose. That you can choose your own lifestyle, too. I want a healthy lifestyle. A safe one. A happy one.
What is balance? Both parts are equal, one not bigger nor heavyer (sic) than the other. Both come together in peace & serenity.
Nora led them through a beautiful practice! Starting with the breath. Some girls were on their belly some seated, all were engaged and you could see them taking deep breaths. We moved from breath work on the floor to standing side stretches and a few sun salutations and ended with some seated stretches and a peaceful savasana.
Today the girls taught their own yoga class. It was a great experience for me to see my students leading and supporting others. They were so engaged and conscientious. They even helped me try a new pose.
The [AYP] staff are great. They are role-models for our staff and the girls. They are always cordial and they understand safety and security.
The mood in class dramatically shifted by the end. The class left everyone in a much more positive mood.
The meditation really met the girls where they needed to be supported.
There was the most beautiful focused Savasana imaginable, brought to you by Sarah\’s wonderful guided meditation.
I went to Girls Court last Wednesday and realized 3 of the girls there had current yoga mentors—one of which told the judge she loved yoga, that it calmed her and made feel better. And yesterday, my own new mentee told me the same.
It was a very productive day at the school. The girls were quick to join the circle and get ready to begin our session. They loved the art project and are really starting to open up and share more about themselves with us.
When we ended, nearly every girl said thank you for the class…it seemed the gratitude had really rubbed off by the end of class.
Thank you for the amazing work you do. And for the support you’ve provided for the young women at the center… Keep doing what you do. I just wish you all the best of luck. It’s really important work. We definitely see the benefits of having you guys here!
The Art of Yoga Project is designed to help at-risk girls by focusing on early intervention and preparing girls for a positive future. We are leaders in revolutionizing the rehabilitation of girls by offering trauma-informed, strength-based, gender-responsive services.
Our mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.