Prior to the pandemic, Prison Yoga + Meditation had reached more than 5,000 men, women, and LGBTQ individuals, in five county, state, and federal jails and prisons in the greater Los Angeles area.
Since the pandemic—with over two million prisoners locked into cells without programs—PY+M has not stopped efforts to reach prisoners with yoga and meditation.
Yoga and meditation help prisoners heal from trauma, and ease the desperation, loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness of prison so they can restore their families and go on to live productive lives.
Numerous studies show that yoga and meditation practices reduce psychological distress and increase physical and psychological wellness among prisoners by improving sleep, reducing anxiety, anger and hostility.
Prisoners who engage in yoga and meditation practices are more likely to improve behaviors related to offending (like impulsivity, aggression, and substance abuse) and seek treatments that reduce criminal behavior. As a result, prisoners who practice yoga during incarceration are less likely to re-offend after their release.
PRISON YOGA + MEDITATION: Relieve Suffering, Heal from Trauma, Experience Inner Peace is a complete yoga and meditation manual written specifically for prison life.
PRISON YOGA + MEDITATION includes 250 beautifully photographed yoga poses and 25 unique sequences from varied disciplines including Hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hot, and Vinyasa to allow prisoners the opportunity to practice and progress at their own pace from beginner to advanced. There are self-compassion practices, LovingKindness meditations, breathing meditations, a brief history of yoga, how to avoid injuries, and many other tools for a complete yoga journey.
Don't take our word for how beneficial this book is. Read the first chapter here!
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Even when the pandemic ends, there will be hundreds of thousands of prisoners who do not have access to volunteer yoga groups. In our experience, prisoners who are given yoga books or materials to read go on to develop independent self practices.
Read what prisoners have told us:
Being incarcerated, doing yoga is the only time I feel like a human being. Rachel, serving three years in county jail.
Yoga is peace in an unpeaceful place. Max, serving a federal sentence.
Yoga is the only time I feel alive. Robbie, serving life in state prison.
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