Who We Are
The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual welfare, through the practices of meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.
We offer personal support to prisoners around the UK and the Republic of Ireland through teaching, workshops, correspondence, books and newsletters – and to prison staff too. We work with people of any faith, or of none, and honour all religions.
“I still find it hard to get in touch with my feelings. My gut tells me sadness is something I have a lot of. Today after my morning sitting I stopped and thought about how I feel about myself. My awareness shot to the memory of me as a little boy, and I felt a cocktail of sadness, feeling sorry, and maybe compassion for this little boy, who I realise is still within me. Sometimes I feel a vast space down inside my body that is so still. Anger can come back like a tidal wave and if I’m quick I observe it and the flames die very quickly and I feel like I’ve grown or maybe changed. This is so empowering.”
Frank, HMP The Mount
A new Swedish study has shown that a 10-week yoga course can lead to a reduction of levels of psychological distress in prisoners, which can in turn make them less likely to reoffend. The study also links regular yoga practice to reduction in obsessive-compulsive and paranoid thinking, as well as a reduction in “somatisation” (mental distress leading to physical symptoms). You can read the full study here and find more studies on yoga and meditation in prison on our evidence &hellip read more
Eric Liddell Centre, Edinburgh, Saturday 9th March, 2019 – £30 Yoga teachers have been offering yoga and meditation in Scottish prisons for longer than the Prison Phoenix Trust has been established: over 30 years! This day is a chance for teachers currently working in prison – and those interested in finding out more – to discuss the approaches that prisoners have said are most useful in helping them discover a deep sense of freedom and renewal. We’ll look at how &hellip read more
Our 2018 Christmas cards are now available to buy! They are drawn by a prisoner friend, and the inside is left blank for your message. Each pack of 10 cards costs £5. Please print off this order form and send it with your payment.