Introduction to Yoga

Feb 2014 - Jul 2019

   * 454 men signed up 

   * 325Certificates of Completion

   * 72% Completion rate 


Ongoing Yoga 

Apr 2014 - Jul 2019

   * 216 men signed up 

   * 163 Certificates of Completion

   * 75% Completion rate


Chair Yoga

Jan 2019 - Jul 2019

   * 12 men signed up

   *   7 Certificates of Completion

   * 58% Completion rate

Introduction to Yoga

Sep 2013 - Jul 2019

   * 786 Women signed up

   * 397 Certificates of Completion 

   * 51% Completion rate


Ongoing Yoga 
Nov 2013 - Jul 2019

   * 389 women signed up 

   * 2268 Certificates of Completion

   * 69% Completion rate

Laotong Yoga Weekly Classes

In June 2017, Laotong Yoga launched its first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Lakin Correctional Center. Ten women were accepted into the program that consisted of meeting one weekend a month for 15 hours each weekend, plus Tuesday evening required yoga class attendance. In May 2018, nine women completed the program: eight women received Yoga Teacher Certifications and one received a Certificate of Completion.


Guest teachers included the following:

* Deb Mattingly - anatomy & physiology

* Stephanne Thornton - mindfulness techniques & practices

* Leslie Stone - Heart Math concepts & research

* Julie Pratt - mandala symbolism & creation


In addition to generous donations from the local community, the Yoga Teacher Training program was funded by the Mel Wolf Foundation, the Congregation of Sisters of Saint Joseph, and the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston. 


Laotong Yoga is deeply grateful to the WV Division of Corrections for its unyielding support and help in navigating rules, procedures, and process.

Laotong Yoga Teacher Training

Laotong Yoga Projects

Charleston Correctional Center
The Charleston Center operates a co-educational work release unit and a  women's Residential Substance Abuse Unit.


NOTE: Several participants sign up for multiple series over the years. As of July 2019, unduplicated numbers for MOCC are 426 participants.

Based on comments for additional resources made by participants, Laotong Yoga made a presentation to the Charleston 100 Club about raising funds to create a yoga & meditation section in three of WV state prisons. The response from The 100 Club   was generous, supportive, and encouraging - raising $1950! In June 2018, Laotong Yoga ordered 47 books for delivery to Lakin Correctional Center, Mt. Olive Correctional Complex, and St, Mary's Correctional Center. Deep gratitude! 

P.O. Box 406 Charleston, WV 25322     Phone: 304-595-0742       email: info@laotongyoga.org

Lakin Correctional Center
Located on Mason County, Lakin Correctional Center is the only state prison for women in West Virginia.


Mt Olive Correctional Complex
Mt. Olive is the maximum security prison for men  and is located in Fayette County.


Laotong Yoga Book Project

Introduction to Yoga
Jan. 2016 - Jul 2019

   * 170 women signed up

   * 125 Certificates of Completion

   * 74% completion rate

NOTE: Several participants sign up for multiple series over the years. As of July 2019, unduplicated numbers for CCC are 129 participants.

NOTE: Several participants sign up for multiple series over the years. As of July 2019, unduplicated numbers for Lakin are 936 participants.

Between Sep 2013 & July 2019, Laotong Yoga

issued 1,285 Certificates of Completion

and taught 985 yoga classes!