Introduction to Yoga
Jan. 2016 - Jul 2018

   * 118 women signed up

   * 86 Certificates of Completion

   * 73% completion rate

Introduction to Yoga

Sep 2013 - Jul 2018

   * 640 Women signed up

   * 299 Certificates of Completion 

   * 47% Completion rate


Ongoing Yoga 
Nov 2013 - Jul 2018

   * 316 women signed up 

   * 222 Certificates of Completion

   * 70% completion rate

Laotong Yoga Weekly Classes

Laotong Yoga Projects

Introduction to Yoga

Feb 2014 - Jul 2018

   * 384 men signed up 

   * 284Certificates of Completion

   * 74% completion rate 


Ongoing Yoga 

Apr 2014 - Jul 2018

   * 194 men signed up 

   * 147 Certificates of Completion

   * 76% completion rate

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

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 2018, unduplicated numbers for MOCC are 152 participants.

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


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


Between Sep 2013 & July 2018, Laotong Yoga

issued 1,038 Certificates of Completion

and taught 788 yoga classes!

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

NOTE: Several participants sign up for multiple series over the years. As of July 2018, unduplicated numbers for CCC are 61 participants.

NOTE: Several participants sign up for multiple series over the years. As of July 2018, unduplicated numbers for Lakin are 249 participants.

Laotong Yoga Book Project