For Prisons

Find out how yoga and meditation can benefit your prison regime and how we can help you.

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For Yoga Teachers

More information about teaching in prison and how we can work with you.

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For Supporters

Learn more about our work and how you can support us.

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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

Latest News

Suzy Dymond-White, who has been vice-chair of the board of The Prison Phoenix Trust, this month starts a 3-year tenure as chair, taking over from Jo Child who remains a member of the board. Richard Dunkerley is joining the board of trustees as treasurer. Suzy has 37 years operational experience in a number of prisons. She has governed 3 prisons and held a number of head quarters roles. Her particular interests have always been female offenders and health and wellbeing. &hellip read more

Volunteers Week 3-9 June In nearly 17 years of volunteering, Caroline has written more than 3,000 letters to people who have reached out for help from prison. This month her dedication and service is to be recognised in Oxfordshire’s Volunteer Celebration Awards where she will be highly commended for long service. As a mentor with The Prison Phoenix Trust, Caroline offers the hand of friendship to people in prison at the lowest time in their lives, helping them see that &hellip read more

Staff and prisoners in 55 prisons across the UK are taking part in The Prison Phoenix Trust’s Yoga 30 Challenge – 30 days of yoga or meditation to make it a healthy habit. Starting on World Meditation Day, 21st May, participants will set themselves a target of practising yoga or meditation for up to 30 minutes each day. The Prison Phoenix Trust has provided  a tracker calendar to mark progress, along with a selection of yoga and meditation sequences on &hellip read more