Summer Solstice Celebration
Promenade Park – Surfer’s Point Ventura, CA
Sunday, June 18th, 2017 • 9am to 12pm
Join Jai Rhythm as we salute the sun for our 4th Annual Summer Solstice Celebration at Promenade Park with 108 Sun Salutations with live music.
All Donations go to the Prison Yoga Project – www.prisonyoga.org
Join Jai Rhythm on Sunday, June 18th as we celebrate the solstice with 108 sun salutations.
The event is from 9:00am-12pm and will feature a live DJ during yoga by DJ Vayu. The Blue Moon Seekers will play after the yoga practice. You are welcome to bring a picnic brunch to enjoy while listening to this amazing group of talented young musicians.
Jai Rhythm Yoga’s Solstice event will benefit the Prison Yoga Project (PYP). One of the objectives of PYP’s program is to “provide practices for improved mental and physical well-being among the incarcerated.” Your donation will help support the Prison Yoga Project through trainings and by purchasing books for prisoners.
- Live Beats by DJ Vayu during 108 Sun Salutations
- Post yoga social and picnic with live music by the Blue Moon Singers
The Blue Moon Singers
Sofia Burke and Izadora Fleetwood are two twelve year old ukulele players who live in the hills of Ojai California. The girls started playing together last summer and never looked back.
The Blue Moon Singers have played concerts on all of the stages of Ojai for the past year including, The Deer Lodge, Caravan OutPost, Euterpe Farms, Rancho Inn and others. They play a mix of original songs and covers that they add their own twist. The Blue Moon Singers love their ukuleles more than anything, they play morning noon and night (especially when there are chores to be done in the yard) they will without fail, be found singing their hearts out working on new songs instead.
They have captured the hearts of their audiences where ever they have performed.
Check out the Blue Moon Singers in action covering “Sweet Child of Mine” here:
More About the Prison Yoga Project
To bring about behavioral change, prisoners who’ve been impacted by chronic interpersonal trauma most of their lives need to be met with dignity and understanding.
Why Support the Prison Yoga Project?
The Problem The U.S. is often referred to as “the incarceration nation.” With only 4% of the world’s population it has 25% of its prisoners. 2.25 million adults are held in 4,575 jails, prisons and other correctional facilities. 7.3 million are under correctional supervision – either incarcerated, on parole, probation or under other jurisdictional oversight. That equates to 1 in 31 U.S. adults! California’s State Prison System, which was federally court-ordered to reduce its population because of over-crowding, still has 143,000 prisoners in 32 prisons with an annual budget of $10 billion. Consider that California spends more money on its prison system than it does on public education with an average yearly cost of $47,000 per prisoner. And to make matters worse the U.S. has a 60% recidivism rate (California’s is 65%), meaning 6 of 10 prisoners return to prison within three years of release.
As former U.S. Senator Jim Webb stated, “America’s prison system is a national dis-grace,” and we taxpayers are on the hook supporting a dysfunctional and broken system. Its recidivism rate clearly demonstrates there is no focus on rehabilitation. It’s a system designed for punishment, and in many cases it’s cruel and unusual punishment.
Aside from economic and humanitarian reasons, why should we care? Quite simply because over 90% of prisoners return to society. So what kind of person do we want to run into on the street, on the freeway, in a park or grocery store? Someone who’s been locked in a cage without having been exposed to rehabilitative programs? Or some-one who has been intentionally provided behavioral health services that translate into life skills and the potential for a successful reentry to society?
Event Located in Promenade Park at Surfer’s Point in Ventura, CA
Sunday, June 18th 9am
Donation – benefit the Prison Yoga Project
To make a donation of $20 to go toward the Prison Yoga Project please select “Summer Solstice” from the drop-down menu below.