Niroga Youth Development Programs

Niroga operates successful Transformative Life Skills (TLS) programs in juvenile hall, with the key goals of reducing stress and increasing self-control.

Independent research confirms the positive effects of TLS on at-risk youth. Read a recent report on Niroga program methods and results in Alameda County Juvenile Hall: Transformative Life Skills Lowers Stress and Increases Self-Control in Incarcerated Youth (PDF 195kb)


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Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center
Niroga’s program provides a comprehensive, multi-component discipline of mindful yoga, breathwork, and meditation for incarcerated youth in several units offering 27 classes per week , and a weekly class for Staff. The nature and magnitude of this intervention makes it unique across the country. Preliminary program evaluation results indicate a statistically significant decrease in stress and increase in self-control, and has elicited an overwhelmingly positive response from youth and staff. Please see summary and report for more details on evaluation results.

Camp Wilmont Sweeney
This is an unlocked, 24-hour residential program staffed for minors, who are ordered by the Alameda County Juvenile Court to be committed to the Camp. As part of the recreation program there, we offer a similar program to that in Juvenile Justice Center in 2 classes on the weekend.

Violence prevention in Juvenile Hall


Responses by incarcerated youth when asked: 'If you have taken a Niroga Yoga class, what did you learn from it?'
"I sit there and close my eyes and listen to the quietness."

More from participants and Staff

Niroga Program Highlights
Transforming Lives and Healing Communities
- Highlights of Niroga's work with students and incarcerated youth. Students and teachers talk about how their lives have changed since discovering TLS.

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