Such an exciting season, a season of change of new life and fresh starts, of growth and blossoming. This winter has been fairly quiet for us. However the onset of spring has already brought about change and exciting prospects for the YEPT team, both positive and negative.
On the 4th of September we sadly received resignation from our chairperson Heather Cunningham. Heather has worked tirelessly for YEPT since its inception in 2009. Her decisive management and support will be sorely missed by the YEPT Trustees. Heather however needs to focus on herself and the needs of her family at this time and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Cunningham family at what is a difficult time for her.
On a positive note we are increasing momentum in our prison classes. Winter saw some of our teachers taking leave and we are now excited to have classes starting up again, including some new units.
Our research project is going well. Elizabeth St John Ives has made some exciting progress and we are offering a summer scholorship through Victoria University.
Adhyatma returned to Rimutaka Prison in April this year, thanks to our sponsors support. She has continued her class there through winter and has recently taken on a second unit.
Gyananidhi had to take leave over winter to return to the UK to nurse her sick father who recently passed. At the end of August she returned to NZ and is planning to return to Christchurch Men’s Prison this coming term
Yogeshwaran also took leave over winter. He is currently negotiating to go in to work at a new drug treatment unit at Paremoremo Prison in Auckland.
Tracy Collins is taking a monthly class at Wanganui and is seeking funding to take weekly classes but the reality is we would need to increase her funding per class. We are budgeting to be able to realise this goal for Tracy.
Will Fenton is a teacher who has worked for us in the past at Rimutaka is planning to start at Waikeria Prison in the New Year. We endeavour to secure some funding for this from Trust Waikato, if this is not successful he will require our support to ensure this is sustainable for him long term.
We are also making progress to place a new teacher at Wiri Prison in South Auckland. At times it feels we are riding a wild horse and all we can do is hold on. The inspiration for this work is certainly catchy.
Peace to all. On behalf of Yoga Education in Prisons Trust.
We’re stoked Kara-Leah is again donating a portion of profits from her latest book The No-More-Excuses Guide to Yoga to YEPT. That money is invaluable to our organisation right now as we are still very grassroots and on the edge of great things happening that we need to support. If you know someone who has been talking about going to yoga but hasn’t made it to a yoga class yes, this is the book for them. Send them a link, or even better, buy them a copy!
Kara-Leah also donates money from every copy of Forty Days of Yoga she sells.
Currently 65 prisoners attend yoga sessions around NZ with 4 of our Volunteer teachers.
Most of the jails are about an hour away. Teaching time plus driving time means that to teach one class takes a half a day. Energetically it also takes mental preparation. Not only on the day but in one’s whole life. Our teachers all have a steady daily sadhana (practice) and training that has given them the steadfastness and fortitude to handle most situations with equanimity.
All our teachers comment on how they feel they get more out of this work than the prisoners which is good sign. It’s a sign they are following their dharmic path.
In this way YEPT flows and grows.
If you wish to support this growth we are asking for donations to supplement teachers petrol costs, admin time, and projects such as the creation and free distribution of a Yoga in Prisons CD based on our Freedom From Within Program.
YEPT have Donee Status which means individuals and companies can claim for donations made over $5 if they provide a receipt.
Come to The International Yoga Festival Easter weekend 2013. Located at the Wellpark College’s Retreat Centre Kawai Purapura, Albany.
On Friday 29 March at 12.30 Kara-Leah Grant is launching her book, Forty Days of Yoga – Breaking down the barriers to a home yoga practice takes you on a journey into your psyche & examines what really stops you from practicing yoga. Written by Kara-Leah. A writer, yoga teacher, publisher of The Yoga Lunchbox and mother. Kara- Leah is supporting our work by kindly pledging $1 from the sale of each book to YEPT. Meet our trustees who will be hanging around the Satyananda stand.
Kara Leah’s Wellington Book Launch details confirmed:
April 6: Wellington, Powa Centre, 1 Marion Street
5:30 – 6:30pm Kirtan
6:30 – 7:30pm Book reading and Q & A
7:30pm – onwards Vegetarian Potluck
Entry: Koha for Powa Centre