Besides our volunteer-led yoga classes, prisoners are able to enrol in a FREE six module Yoga Correspondence Course.
The course involves both theory and practice and encourages prisoners to do a daily practice of the same techniques (postures, breathing and meditation) for a month. They then write in with their answers to 6 simple questions encouraging reflection and observation before they receive the next module. The course is designed to help prisoners go deeper, develop self awareness and establish a disciplined ‘home’ practice.
As of April 13th, 2017 the course has now been revised and updated. Anyone who has enrolled in the course prior to this date must continue with the old version. For copies of the modules of the old version please contact us. The new version is now available with password.
We have over 70 prisoners in several facilities around Aotearoa enrolled. Offenders, after experiencing the benefits of the practices for themselves, pass them on to other offenders who then write to us for the course. There are prisoners that we have never met who are getting up at 5am to find some space and quiet to practice yoga.
After the 6 modules are completed prisoners will receive a certificate and an option to continue with the next phase in sharing their knowledge by enrolling in the Peer Instructor Course where they are mentored by us to teach at least fellow prisoners. To do this they are required to find the students and a suitable time and space to teach them. The 3 students will be mentored by YEPT trust volunteers as they work through the Correspondence Course themselves.
Prisoners teaching prisoners – it happens anyway so this is a perfect, more formal guidance process.
YEPT also supplies volunteer-led yoga classes, distributes yoga manuals and course materials and mentors inmates through letter writing. We also partner with the Human Kindness Foundation in the USA and distribute their book, “We are all Doing Time” to prisoners all over the country.
The project is changing peoples lives from the inside. True freedom is an inside job.
For more information or to apply please write to;
Yoga Education in Prisons Trust, P.O Box 7365, Newtown, Wellington 6011