The Liberation Institute has been offering the beautiful tradition of Yoga to various populations for the past fifteen years. We cut our teeth teaching yoga to those in drug and alcohol recovery treatment settings beginning in 2007. We have now added to our mission by working in multiple prisons.

We believe everyone can benefit from thIS practice. Join us for one of our public events, TRAININGS OR WORKSHOPS. YOUR ATTENDANCE AND INTEREST helpS support FUTURE programming.

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The Yoga of Krishnamacharya can mean many things. After all he is the forefather of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Power, and Integral Yoga. Here at the Liberation Institute we offer a classical yoga teacher training with a focus on traditional Vinyasa Yoga. We believe Yoga is just as applicable today as it was thousands of years ago. We also believe it needs no meddling. Expect vigorous, energetic, flowing classes with intelligent sequencing and a whole lot of heart.



The majority of the population is existing in the stress response. Not only does this lower rates of longevity and increase rates of disease but it drains the joy and happiness from life. Our hope is to bring healing and restoration to those in need of rest, and all those we meet. Join us for a restorative event or workshop and find some much needed peace and a higher quality of life..



We are all vibrational beings. In our overworked and overindulged society its next to impossible to turn off our minds. Our methodology has always included sacred sound to combat the effects of a busy lifestyle. Whether you are drawn to the polishing effects of Sanskrit mantra or the grounding energy of drums, we have you covered.


Coming Soon..

meet Jessica satyA kaniuka- co-founder

Jessica has been teaching yoga since 2006 and is an E-RYT at the 500 hour level. Jessica has a BA in Health Arts & Science (Goddard College) and a Waldorf Education Teaching Certification (Antioch NE Graduate School). She is currently completing a Biodynamic Farming & Gardening Certification from the Pfeiffer Center in Spring Valley, NY. Her passion has been facilitating the yoga teacher training at the Maine State Prison. In addition to facilitating teacher trainings she has been teaching Yoga classes to those in early treatment from drug and alcohol addiction for eight years. Over the last four years she has been fine tuning the MaGo method which incorporates a blend of Yoga Nidra, Sacred Sound, Reiki Healing and her intuitive gifts to address the stress response.

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Visiting faculty come for one to two days at a time, one to two times a year, for our 200 hour yoga teacher training.


we are so thankful for the amazing talent and kindness exhibited by our visiting faculty teachers. these individuals have visited us for the last two years sharing their expertise in yoga with our msp students.

thank you to -

kathy mcnames of yoga vermont for teaching ashtanga yoga & philosophy. kathy has been with us from the beginning when we were still trying to get our programming in the womens vermont prison. we hope she can offer teacher training regularly soon. kathy completed a yoga teacher training at the chittenden regional correctional women’s facility in burlington, vermont in 2017.

melanie burns of wicked good yoga and anatomy trains for sharing baptiste power yoga, yin yoga, and anatomy trains philosophy for a&P. she has gifted us with fascia materials and high quality jade yoga mats so that the students can continue to work deeply in the body on their own.

bill & denise barry of mantravijaya for offering mantra training and puja. bill and denise have traveled from massachusetts to share the namadeva Acharya tradition of sacred sound with our students.

lauren eckstrom & travis eliot of holistic yoga flow for offering teacher training in holistic yoga flow methodology. travis’ ultimate yogi dvd found its way into solitary confinement at msp. we are so thankful for this full circle synchronicity where travis and lauren now come in person.