Previously Homeless or Incarcerated


Did you know that 76.6% of inmates will be rearrested within five years of their release?

The prevalence of trauma, addiction and mental health amongst inmates is extremely high. In fact, in state prisons nearly 75% of women and over 50% of men have at least one mental health problem. After serving time, most former inmates will be rearrested within five years time; many being rearrested within a year of their release.

At Kula for Karma, we serve men and women who are actively serving time as an inmate or are attempting to reacclimatize to society after completing their sentence. Therapeutic yoga and mediation allow inmates to relieve symptoms of deeply rooted trauma that form the basis of criminal behavior. As the grip of past traumas is loosened, inmates find natural calm, becoming less violent and beginning to take grater responsibility for their actions. As a result of therapeutic yoga and meditation, prisons have seen more than a 30% reduction in recidivism rates, fewer rule infractions in prison, as well as decreased criminal thinking, psychological distress, anxiety, depression, and anger.

Current Programs

Hudson County Correctional Facility, Kearny NJ The Doe Fund, New York, NY The Hope Program, New York, NY

The HOPE Program, Bronx NY

Past Programs  

Bergen County Jail, Bergen County, NJ