Why yoga for inmates?
Prisons are stressful places, where angry, violent and distressed inmates live in overcrowded conditions. Yoga and meditation can help, since regular practice heals physical and mental tension, lessens anger and leads to a greater appreciation of life, wherever it is lived.
The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages inmates to practise yoga and meditation in their cells. We support them with weekly classes, free books, CDs, newsletters and the offer of regular correspondence.
Benefits of regular yoga classes in prisons:
- Inmates become less angry and act more appropriately, leading to a less aggressive environment
- When people feel better in themselves, and free from pain, they sleep more soundly and become calmer
- Inmates develop a habit of self-discipline and concentration, often for the first time. This gives them confidence and motivation to take up education.
- Research shows that yoga and meditation help people reduce medication and tobacco intake
- When inmates discover in themselves something they can like, they feel less isolated, and encouraged to socialise, which prepares them well for resettlement