James Fox is founder and director of the Prison Yoga Project, a San Francisco Bay Area-based nonprofit established in 2009 to extend yoga and mindfulness practices to prisoners worldwide. He is a certified hatha yoga instructor with 24 years of yoga and meditation experience.
In 2000, James Fox started to teach public classes and began his mission of exposing at-risk populations, including the incarcerated, to the psychological and physiological benefits of yoga. He developed the Insight Prison Project’s yoga/meditation program at San Quentin State Prison in 2002 and has continued as its coordinator and principal teacher. He has also taught yoga and mindfulness practices to at-risk youth in juvenile detention, at residential treatment facilities, and for urban community programs. Fox is specifically trained in the use of yoga for helping heal addictions. He is also actively involved in restorative justice practices, and has taught victim/offender education, violence prevention, and emotional intelligence classes for prisoners.
James Fox is author of Yoga: A Path for Healing and Recovery, an instructional book of yoga and meditation practices for prisoners.