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

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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.

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Read our report and accounts.

“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

The Prison Phoenix Trust is seeking a Yoga Coordinator (3 days per week) The Prison Phoenix Trust, a national charity based in Oxford supporting prisoners and prison officers through the disciplines of meditation and yoga, is seeking applicants for one of their Yoga Coordinator positions. The person in this position will coordinate the provision of yoga and meditation classes in prisons, and recruit, train and support yoga teachers for prison work. The applicant must have a 200 hour or more &hellip read more

This year’s cards come in packs of 5 each of 2 designs, both drawn by a friend at HMP Grendon. One card is a snowman yogi, the other is a winter woodland scene. The inside is blank for your message. The cards measure 144 x 103 mm. Each pack, including postage, is £5. Please email all@theppt.org.uk to place an order.

22nd – 26th June, 2020, Carmelite Retreat Centre, Boars Hill, Oxford – £495 This 5-day residential course, designed and run by the Prison Phoenix Trust (and accredited as a British Wheel of Yoga module) is open to all teachers, and equips you with the knowledge and confidence to teach in prison. The Carmelite Retreat Centre is on the quiet grounds of a priory, with views overlooking Oxford. We will explore in depth the issues, challenges and rewards of working behind &hellip read more