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.

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Yoga and meditation in a prison cell
I have always been impressed with the way the PPT are very sensitive to the pressures of the prison environment, and have worked extremely hard to ensure that they work with staff and systems to achieve their ends, successfully avoiding conflict.  The work that the PPT does plays an important part in providing opportunities for prisoners to handle stress and come to terms with their imprisonment.

Luke Serjeant, Regional Manager, Custodial Services, West Midlands.

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The instruction in the yoga classes here on C wing has been the most informative and educational experience I have ever had. After the class the other day, all nine participants sat together and spoke freely with hope, awe, good spirit and agreement. Iíve never seen nine people agree on anything, especially in the nick.

Jimmy, HMP Bristol