Yoga Teacher Training

The Prison Phoenix Trust does not train people to become yoga teachers; we train qualified yoga teachers how to work effectively in prison and other secure conditions. We are grateful for all current and past prison yoga teachers for passing on their experience of what works in prison and what doesn’t.

Our training covers issues that teachers face when working in prison such as:

  • Rapport with prisoners, prison officers and staff
  • Authority and professional boundaries
  • Adapting yoga to meet all needs
  • The importance of silent breath-based meditation
  • Sex offenders and drug and alcohol rehabilitation
  • Current issues affecting prisons and prisoners
  • How to start up a class.

There are periodically training days on specific issues such as:

  • Keeping control of your prison class
  • Teaching young offenders
  • Yoga and addiction
  • Accrediting your yoga class.

What’s coming up

Silent Online Meditation Day 4th September

Join prison yoga teachers and letter writers for a powerful shared experience of silent meditation on Zoom 9am-4pm, Saturday 4th September 2021.

Sitting silently with the breath as a focus for the mind is the simplest – and can be the most powerful – of practices. It is the heart of what we teach in prisons, so effective is it in supporting the wellbeing and personal development of prisoners and staff. Find out more here

Zoom meditation every Tuesday

Yoga teachers sit in meditation with and in support of people in prison every Tuesday for 25 minutes at 8.30am. If you would like to join us on Zoom please phone for the link and password on 01865 512 521.

You can sign up to hear about future training courses here.