Research & Articles
There is a wealth of evidence to support the idea that yoga and meditation in a prison setting is helpful.
The Prison Phoenix Trust in the U.K have collaborated with Oxford University on two pieces of research around yoga and meditation in a prison setting. The first showed that a ten-week programme of yoga and meditation in a prison setting will reduce emotional distress and improve impulse control. The second showed that these effects are progressive, and the more the person practices, the stronger the effects will be.
- 10-week course of yoga improves behavioral control and decreases psychological distress in a prison population.
- Preliminary Evidence That Yoga Practice Progressively Improves Mood and Decreases Stress in a Sample of UK Prisoners.
U.S NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE. NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
- DO YOUR STRETCH; YOGA AS A REHABILITATIVE INTERVENTION
Dr John Sinclair, Yoga Education in Prisons Trust, Churchill Fellow 2017
- BBC NEWS ARTICLE – How Yoga is helping prisoners stay calm. 26 Sept 2013.
- FREEDOM INSIDE: A STUDY OF YOGA IN PRISONS
Rose Parkes, Senior Lecturer in Community & Criminal Justice,De Montfort University
- IS YOGA BENEFICIAL TO THE HEALTH OF LONG SENTENCE PRISONERS?
- YOGA FOR PEOPLE IN PRISON
- TEACHING YOGA AND MEDITATION IN PRISONS IN THE U.S
We also receive a huge amount of anecdotal evidence from people in prisons that yoga and meditation are working for them – helping them control their impulses, reduce stress and pain and develop an identity separate to their history of offending.