Marlin Guzman, Sheriff, Orleans Parish
Creating a Therapeutic Healing Environment for our Children
Detox International has been offering
Free African Kemetic Yoga Classes to the broader community in New Orleans
for the last 25 years.
We started doing it at the Lakefront everyday, then we started to include The Universities in the City. For the last 5 years we have been teaching Kemetic Yoga at Xavier University, Dillard University, The NORDC Treme, (The city’s Recreation Center) and Xavier Prep High School for a short period of time. Kemetic Yoga is now offered twice per day – Mornings & Evenings. Last year Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Guzman offered me the opportunity to teach this very powerful system to the fifteen hundred inmates (men and women) at Orleans Parish Prison. Initially, we taught the classes from cell block to cell block. Now the yoga sessions will be broadcast throughout the entire prison on one of their close circuit TV stations. Classes are also being offered at the Youth Detention Center (The Travis Hill School).
Some of Our Best & Bravest Minds are in Prison
African Kemetic Yoga, which is the Mother of all yogas, has the ability to reach much deeper into the Psychic Disturbances affecting our children and provide clarity where words can’t reach. It heightens mental, emotional, physical and spiritual ascendency.
Using The Arts as Healing:
One on One film interviews • Story Telling • Comedy Shows • Ritual Theatre- featuring rap, dance, poetry; using film as a way to allow them to see themselves in the reflection of their own positive memories – This is a meditative extension of Kemetic Yoga.
Up Close and Personal letter writing Initiatives
Lately, we have started following up after yoga classes with attending trials of each inmate. We follow that up with letter writing each week until they are released. I have some of my yoga students from Xavier and UNO Universities and some from the broader community who are anxious to get started.
Entrepreneurial Development Program.
Once they are released – Then What?
We make what we sell, We teach what we make.
Teaching art through Science & Science through Art.
Eliminating vicarious forms of learning
This phase is an entrepreneur program that trains the newly released to start their own business by making and selling stuff. We will provide them with the necessary production facility, learning tools, websites, brochures and promotional items while walking them through the process reaching out to the public. Anything that can be made has an quantum and literary narrative. Our intention is to exploit these narratives to generate wealth as it elevates and refines the mind. The plan is to gradually make everything that can be made. The community possess the talent to allow this to happen – we provide the resources. Ms. MaPo’ Kinnond-Payton, Ass. Professor of Art at Xavier University has already signed on; she has been teaching ceramics and pottery for about 30 years. Pearl Ramsey, Play write, Actor, Singer, Film Producer and my daughter will provide scripts as needed, when needed. Ashley Hillard • Tyrone Henry • Esaia Ayanna Molina • Derrick Shackelford, many others will provide their talents. My passion is to show them that making something from nothing is the ultimate elixir, ultimate orgasm, ultimate high and ultimate contribution to themselves and others.
I personally own two businesses – Detox International, LLC, a lab that produces herbal supplements for cleansing the body, nutrition and fasting and a publishing house that produces high quality promotional materials, websites, art prints and magazines for the community, producing only that which has positive benefit for the community. The feelings generated from these endeavors are only equaled matched by Herbal fasting and African Kemetic Yoga.