Bringing Yoga Into Juvenile Hall — A Conversation with Uprising Yoga Founder, Jill Ippolito


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Juvenile Hall: Los Angeles


Jill Weiss Ippolito is the founder and CEO of Yoga For Healing Trauma. Jill is a therapeutic yoga educator, and has experienced first hand the healing power of yoga. Jill leads Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings Internationally, and is a writer, consultant, motivational speaker and program developer. Jill is also the founder and executive director of UpRising Yoga, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that focuses on juvenile detention facilities and teaches yoga life skills to at risk youth, probation officers, mental health professionals and others involved with the juvenile system. UpRising Yoga established over 40 yoga classes a month in diverse communities and municipal organizations across Southern California and mentors and compensates Trauma Informed Yoga Instructors. After five years building the UpRising operation, Jill formed Yoga For Healing Trauma/JMI Training in order to spend more time personally working with organizations across the US and Internationally. Through Yoga For Healing Trauma/YFHT Training Jill offers yoga curriculums, YFHT Trainings and consultations. Jill remains on the forefront of the effort to change probation culture from punitive to restorative by being a vocal advocate to reform the juvenile justice system in California. In addition to developing a specific yoga curriculum, Jill has educated hundreds of yoga instructors, childcare providers, mental health professionals, and educators through her Trauma Informed Yoga Trainings. These trainings have become part of a mandatory curriculum for many probation officers who work with incarcerated youth.

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