A Day for Prison Yoga Teachers: Recognising and Working with Autism in Your Prison Classes

Wytham Village Hall, Oxford, 10th February 2019 – £10

We’d scheduled this day for 2018, but the speaker fell ill, so we couldn’t hold it. We’re pleased that she’s agreed to be with us in 2019.
This day is for yoga and meditation teachers already working or offering cover in prisons, secure hospitals, IRCs and bail hostels, or those about to begin. The incidence of autism among prisoners is estimated to be higher than the general population. This day will help you identify signs of autism in your students in prison, and to practice those skills you already possess which will help you work effectively with them. Caroline Hearst, an ‘informed insider’ (she was relieved to discover she was autistic as an adult) and founder of Autism Matters, will lead us through an interactive and informative morning.
While the two other aspects of the day aren’t to do with autism, they fit the aim of informing and sharing experience for your teaching. We don’t often have the chance to hear the inner experience of our prisoner students, so we are fortunate that John, a former prisoner, will be talking with us about his life running drugs before prison, his time inside and his life since release. And there will be plenty of time to share challenges and what is working well in your prison classes. We will find time for yoga asana and seated meditation and a bring-and-share lunch and ample breaks provide a chance to talk with others engaged in this unique work. The cost is being kept low to minimise expenses for teachers travelling from a distance.

To find our more please email us or get in touch with Sally, Brent or Victoria on 01865 512521

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