Recorded on 9/24/21

In this episode, we speak with Kristin Varner, yoga facilitator and lawyer, about the unpredictability of facilitating in a post-pandemic world and how our personal practice supports all aspects of our lives and facilitation. If you’re looking to become a facilitator or offer programming in incarcerated settings, this is a must-listen interview.

Personal Statement: Kristin loves yoga and loves sharing what she loves. After practicing yoga and law for two decades, she combined her passion for yoga and advocacy to co-found Community Yoga Initiative to help expand the reach of yoga through affordable, accessible, and inclusive yoga outreach programs. The heart of her yoga practice rests in the cultivation of awareness and love to discover and let go of ways of being that limit freedom. Embodied presence and energetic perception are central to Kristin’s sharing of yoga.

Through the Prison Yoga Project, Kristin shares yoga with people housed at the California Rehabilitation Center in Norco, California. She leads yoga and meditation programs for youth, college athletes, non-profit organizations, and workplaces in Southern California and currently instructs yoga for the United States Men’s Olympic Water Polo Team.

Your host Blaire Embrey (RYT 500) is the Community Engagement Manager for Prison Yoga Project and the producer of Prison Yoga Project Podcast. She is a student of Tibetan Buddhism, Post-Lineage Yoga, and Peruvian Mountain Shamanism; she is pulled towards the profound mystery of existence, cultivating compassion for all beings, and holding space.