Rosa Vissers is executive director of Yoga Behind Bars (YBB), a Seattle-based nonprofit offering trauma-informed yoga to incarcerated youth and adults. She has taught yoga to hundreds of incarcerated people and trained more than 300 teachers to instruct yoga and meditation behind bars. Under her leadership, YBB has more than doubled its programs to include 15 prisons, jails, and detention centers in Washington.
In 2015 Rosa Vissers spearheaded YBB's launch of its Yoga Teacher Trainings behind bars, one of the country's first, and she has presented a TEDx talk on yoga in prisons. She has an extensive background as a professional dance artist and sees movement as a powerful pathway to reclaiming our beauty, resilience, and connection—to ourselves and each other.