For Prisons

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

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

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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

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

A survey of prisoners using laptops in their cells to learn yoga and meditation has found they enjoyed immediate benefits in mental and physical health. Some 87% who tried filmed yoga and meditation sessions from The Prison Phoenix Trust said the sessions helped them to feel better physically. Mental health benefits experienced were: 77% helped peace of mind 75% improved mental focus 73% improved mood 69% better sleep 69% helped to manage stress The survey of 712 people was carried &hellip read more

Cambridge University’s forum Contemplation: Theory / Practice heard last week evidence of the effectiveness of yoga and meditation in prison from The Prison Phoenix Trust Director Selina Sasse. The forum, which is a network of the university’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, brings together the ideas, history and application of contemplative traditions from around the globe, exploring a rich diversity of theories and practices united around a particular set of characteristics.  In her talk, Selina &hellip read more