How to get a class started
We can help you to set up a class by:
- Coming to your prison to run a day of yoga and meditation taster sessions so that prisoners and staff can assess the practice for themselves
- Recommending a qualified and experienced local yoga teacher
- Advising on practical details, based on our experience of what works
- Supporting class members with free books and CDs, newsletters and through correspondence
If you decide to run regular yoga classes you will need to:
- Provide a warm, quiet room, ideally carpeted and not overlooked, with yoga mats and foam blocks for each person (these cost very little)
- Pay the teacher an agreed hourly rate
- Provide a contact person or line manager
Prison managers in over a third of the prisons in the UK and Ireland have chosen to include yoga and meditation in their regime, recognising it as an effective and powerful intervention. Classes may be offered through various programmes or departments, including Offending Behaviour programmes, Safer Custody, gym, education or the chaplaincy. In some prisons, a 10-week course is offered, leading to an Open College Network accreditation. Lunchtime staff classes are popular too.
If you would like us to run a taster workshop at your prison please contact us. We make no charge but ask for help with our travel expenses.