Train to teach yoga in prison


‘It was such an incredible training, thank you much for all that you shared.’  – Nina

The Prison Phoenix Trust has 35 years’ experience working in prisons and other secure settings and is recognised by prison services as the leading provider in the UK and Ireland of expertise in trauma-responsive, inclusive yoga in prison. Our British Wheel of Yoga accreditation course for prison yoga teachers, Teaching Yoga in Prison, won unanimous 6/6 scores from all participants in 2021.

2024 Teaching Yoga in Prison

Deadline for applications: 30th October 2023

Foundation: 14 hours over 2 days (online and in person)

Intensive: 30 hours over 3 days (in person in Oxfordshire)

Accreditation: 4 hours over 2 days (in person in prisons)

Course content includes:

    • Trauma-responsive yoga and meditation practice for prison
    • Inclusive teaching for prisoners’ diverse experiences and learning styles
    • Understanding addiction
    • Working with sex offenders
    • Prison security and safety
    • Understanding grooming
    • How to get a prison yoga class started

Learning is experiential with talks, presentations, group exercises and discussions, individual practice, set reading, teaching try-outs and quizzes.

Teaching Yoga in Prison – Foundation forms the first part of the training required to be a fully BWY/PPT accredited prison yoga teacher. It is a required qualification for working in prison with the Prison Phoenix trust.

The 14-hour Foundation is hybrid – one day online and one day in person in Oxford, plus accompanying reading and assignments.

Once teachers have completed the 2-day Foundation, they may  to progress to Teaching Yoga in Prison Intensive (30-hours residential weekend) and Accreditation (4 hours over 2 days in prison). These may be done in the same or following year as the Foundation.

Course requirements

  • 200hr yoga teaching qualification
  • 2 years’ continuous yoga teaching practice
  • Demonstrable commitment to teaching marginalised or vulnerable people
  • Commitment to daily meditation

Please contact us to request an application form

Course dates 2024

Sun 28 Jan or Sun 9 June: 10am – 5pm online

Sun May 19: 10am – 5pm in person Oxford

Fri 20 – Sun 22 Sept –residential, Oxfordshire

‘It has been such an amazing week! Thank you very much for the quality of the training content and the warm welcome we received.’ – Flo