Breaking Cycles Project

Did you know?
The United State's Prison Population is the Largest in the World!

The United States has less than 5% of the World's population but holds nearly 25% of ALL the 
Prisoners in the WORLD. 

Since the 1970's annual admissions to jails have grown from 6 million to 11.7 million, a number equivalent to the combined populations of Los Angeles and New York City.

Costing the United States over $80 Billion in taxes.


Welcome to The Breaking Cycles Project !

As soon as we raise 3k, I will start this w 3 month journey cycling across the United States. The ride will start in New York and end on the West coast in the city of Los Angeles. The purpose of this cross-country journey is to make this a ride for change, to work with incarcerated men, women, and children, who have been affected by trauma. "Breaking Cycles" through yoga and it's power to heal.

Breaking Cycles will raise money for charity through its fiscal sponsor, Sheltered Yoga (501c3). An organization that brings Evidence-Based, Trauma-Informed, Mental Health and Wellness Curriculum to underserved and at risk communities, from children to seniors. The nonprofit has been recognized as an effective and innovative approach to rebuilding self-esteem, self­-worth, and self­-compassion of the communities and individuals it serves and is now the key component in the Breaking Cycles project.

Together we are excited to show what community members are doing and what one can do for the global community. This will be, yet another way, to continue serving people all over America, one mile at a time. The journey will be turned into a documentary, which will feature the trip, trauma sensitive yoga and the experiences along the way. Giving great attention and focus to all the professional teachers, instructors and friends we meet across the country. 


I know first hand how it feels to lose everything you’ve ever worked for fall through your hands like grains of sand. How it feels to have the person you love most in this world walk out on you without explanation, to have your pride and dignity taken from you and, to have your world shaken and all stability swiped from beneath you. So all you have in that moment, is the person in the mirror staring back at you. That person is you in your rawest form.

You begin to question who you are, your self worth, the choices you’ve made and wonder what it was that has brought you to this very moment. A moment that can either break you or define you. With nothing left to lose, I was determined to fight for myself, until I met a special yoga instructor. This man was my teacher, my instructor and he told me of his struggles of being in prison and the battle of his life after prison. His story became my passion and my passion became my journey. A journey for a life made of second chances, to help give hope, to extend a helping hand, to give up self doubt, self judgement, shame and to release the pain of yesterday and turn it into something good.

My journey isn’t to save others but to help people save themselves by giving them the tools and knowledge to become the person they aspire to be. Giving them hope, support, guidance, love and trust in themselves that they, are too strong enough, brave enough, and are simply enough to succeed in this nation and in this world and to become an asset in our community.

Join us on this journey, we call life. 

If you would like to make a donation, please click on the link below. If you would like to support Breaking Cycles in another way, please click  on the hyperlink and see how you can be a part and support Breaking Cycles across the country.
  • John Hansen  
    • $200 (Offline)
    • 39 mos
  • Megan Robinholt 
    • $150 (Offline)
    • 39 mos
  • Todd M. 
    • $50 
    • 40 mos
  • Rebecca Koch 
    • $40 (Offline)
    • 41 mos
  • Kristy Belich 
    • $25 (Offline)
    • 41 mos
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Brittany M. Doherty 
Grove City, OH
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