finding peace, meaning, and purpose within maximum security prison

Yoga, relaxation, sound healing fundraiser benefits prison yoga teacher training

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ROCKLAND — On Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Jessica and Piers Kaniuka, co-founders of the non-profit Liberation Institute, will offer an evening of gentle yoga, relaxation, sound healing, and conversation. This special event will take place at The Dancing Elephant, in Rockland.

The program is open to the public by donation, and all proceeds go to support the Liberation Institute’s Yoga Teacher Training program at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Everyone is welcome. Preregistration is not required; arrive 5-10 minutes early.

“Our students have become our teachers,” said Piers Kaniuka, of the Liberation Institute, in a news release. “They have welcomed us into their world and taught us lessons that we could learn nowhere else. That they can find peace, meaning, and purpose within the confines of a maximum security prison is powerful testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit. Again and again, the prison staff have commented on the positive impact yoga has made on the inmates' stress level, outlook, and interpersonal skills.” 

Founded in 2014, the Liberation Institute offers education, wellness, and recovery services to underserved populations in northern New England and beyond. Piers and Jessica Kaniuka have been providing Yoga Teacher Training, recovery workshops, and educational curriculum to inmates at the Maine State Prison since 2016. The Institute has graduated two cohorts of nationally-accredited yoga teachers at the prison in the last several years, according to the Institute.

Jessica is a seasoned yoga instructor, and Piers has extensive experience working with those suffering from alcoholism and addiction. 

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The Dancing Elephant is a community center for yoga, meditation, and art located in downtown Rockland. All programs are donation-based and available for all levels. For more information, visit or contact Rachel at or 207-594-1694.

Event Date: 

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Event Location: 

The Dancing Elephant


14 School Street
Rockland  Maine
United States