WHAT WE DO
We are a network of volunteers giving classes to prisoners and other
populations in need. Men and women of all ages and all physical and
mental conditions participate. Our classes usually include some
WHAT WE ARE NOT
We are not a religion. We are not associated with any one teacher or
tradition. We do not do acrobatic or extreme yoga.
inmates of a major Miami jail.
*See here a video with Anneke Lucas in another part of the country; we
are working in similar ways here in South Florida.
Lawrence Huff ~ President, Instructor
Having taught yoga and meditation in several states and Spanish-
speaking countries, Lawrence settled in Miami. He has done these
classes in all the regional libraries of Miami Dade County. In 2013 he
launched classes for local prisoners. He has certification in
Transcendental Meditation and in yoga from Kripalu Center. He also
works as a public school teacher.
Patricia Rossato ~ Vice-President, Instructor
Certified in Reiki energy healing and Reconnective Therapy, and having
trained under the great meditation master, Shri Chinmoy, Patricia has
brought continual enrichment to YAMO classes in our state prisons.
Miyako Haag ~ Treasurer
Miya serves in many capacities within our non-profit. As Vice President
of the Pepsom Group, she brings her marketing and creative skills to
our organization, as well as providing operational assistance upon
request. Additionally, she also participates in mentoring juvenile
detainees at the Turner Guilford Knight Center.
John Brown ~ Director
As advisor for YAMO, John brings expertise and corporate contacts
that help support this valuable network. Currently President of the
Pepsom Group - one of 3 companies founded by John, he brings his 30
years of retail industry experience to our organization. As one of the
first African-American manufacturers representatives, he enjoys
speaking with youth about his trailblazing years within his industry and
sharing his inspirational stories while mentoring juvenile detainees in
YAMO Assistant: Currently serving as Legal Assistant to Catholic Legal
Services of Miami, Jessica helps with the processing and translation
services for immigrant children and others. A recent graduate of St.
Thomas School of Law, l, she assists YAMO by volunteering within her
range of administrative services, promotional assistance and networking
Hari Heck ~ Instructor