For 52 year-old Park Slope resident Anneke Lucas, Riker’s Island Correctional Facility feels like home. A Belgian native, Lucas was the victim of sex trafficking in a dangerous network that preyed on young children. After surviving a life of abandonment and prostitution she found herself in California by way of New York per her captors instructions.
As a way for Lucas to cope with the traumas of her early childhood, she turned to yoga. “I started physical therapy relatively early and after a few weeks I started getting in touch with feelings and that was my first introduction into what felt real to me,” Ms. Lucas said. “From there it’s been a lifelong quest.”
Today, Ms. Lucas is the founder of Liberation Prison Yoga, an organization that aims to bring healing from the outside in. “I’m a very big advocate of bringing conscious awareness into the yoga practice and as personal meditation and I was introduced to this, I was drawn to it and as soon I was in prison I was like, well, I’m home.”