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Erica "Yoga" Jones
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Erica Jones
Yoga instructor (Litchfield)
Also known as
Jones Woodstock
Cause of death

Erica "Yoga" Jones is an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary who works as the prison's yoga instructor. She is portrayed by Constance Shulman. Yoga's character is based on Yoga Jane in the memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison.


Jones is the mild-mannered yoga instructor at Litchfield, and tries to be a peacemaker when Watson angers the inmates by exercising at night. Unfortunately, Watson mocks and goads Jones and suggests she molested or killed a child, causing Jones to lash out and punch Watson. Later, Watson, more remorseful after noticing Jones not teaching yoga, encourages Jones to reveal the truth.

Jones had an acre of land that she used to grow marijuana, and as she was usually drunk, mistook an 8-year-old neighbor for a deer and shot the boy. Watson and Jones form a friendship and use a nail to shock themselves by the chapel outlet and Jones finds the shock cathartic. Jones also has a small quarrel with the Litchfield Alchoholics Anonymous group for holding sessions in the same room at the same time as her yoga classes when the chapel stage is destroyed. Jones can often be seen hanging out with Red's crew.


She is considered to be a peaceful hippie who teaches yoga. She is very down to earth and spiritual.

Physical AppearanceEdit

Jones is a petite older white woman with short choppy blonde hair. She is presumably very flexible from doing yoga. 


  • Janae Watson, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones. After hitting Watson, Yoga Jones regrets this and eventually bonds with Watson.
  • Piper Chapman, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones. During Chapman's first time, Yoga Jones is among the inmates to help her out.
  • Sister Ingalls, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones.
  • Carrie "Big Boo" Black, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones.
  • Nicky Nichols, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones.
  • Lorna Morello, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones.
  • Norma Romano, a fellow inmate and friend of Yoga Jones.
  • Sam Healy, Yoga Jones' counselor, who seems to have a decent relationship with Yoga Jones.
  • Galina "Red" Reznikov, a fellow inmate, who seems to like Yoga Jones, as she gives her extra food during the first episode.
  • Brook Soso is supported in her hunger strike by Yoga Jones.

Memorable QuotesEdit

"Sometimes you just wanna feel something."
— Yoga Jones
"Surviving here is all about perspective."
— Yoga Jones
"I'm thankful for you girls, who remind me every day that self-forgiveness is possible."
— Yoga Jones
"Work hard to make something as beautiful and meaningful as you can, and when you're done, pack it in and know it was all temporary."
— Yoga Jones
"You have to remember that. It’s all temporary."
— Yoga Jones
"Okay, you want to project your issues onto me... That's cool."
— Yoga Jones
"One of the highest. People in power are always saying so."
— Yoga Jones


Season 1 Appearances
"I Wasn't Ready" "Tit Punch" "Lesbian Request Denied" "Imaginary Enemies" "The Chickening"
"WAC Pack" "Blood Donut" "Moscow Mule" "Fucksgiving" "Bora Bora Bora"
"Tall Men with Feelings" "Fool Me Once" "Can't Fix Crazy"
Season 2 Appearances
"Thirsty Bird" "Looks Blue, Tastes Red" "Hugs Can Be Deceiving" "A Whole Other Hole" "Low Self Esteem City"
"You Also Have a Pizza" "Comic Sans" "Appropriately Sized Pots" "40 OZ of Furlough" "Little Moustachioed Shit"
"Take a Break From Your Values" "It Was The Change" "We Have Manners. We're Polite."



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