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Calling all Wellington YEPT supporters to attend this lunchtime event.  You can register and keep updated through our event page.   Please share to your networks and if you have access to a printer you can download an A4 poster to print here to help spread the word....

Stories from our teachers and voting open for Adhyatma

The biggest success of note is the review and refresh of our correspondence course programme.

We have engaged a contractor to overhaul the existing content to ensure it is current, accessible and reflective of our culture and unique needs.

Hui 2018 Karakia

Whakataka te hau ki te uru, 
Whakataka te hau ki te tonga. 

Kia mākinakina ki uta, 
Kia mātaratara ki tai. 

E hī ake ana te atākura he tio,
he huka, he hauhunga. 

Haumi e! Hui e! Tāiki e!

WE’AR’s true colours make us proud

We’re thrilled and proud to share the news that our sponsor, ethically produced fashion brand WE’AR, has announced their new B CORP certification status, demonstrating that they are not only the best yoga lifestyle brand in the world, but they’re also best for the...

Radio NZ Interview with Adhyatma

Adhyatma is the director of The Yoga Education in Prisons Trust, a registered charitable trust providing yoga and meditation education in New Zealand prisons.

She was interviewed on Radio New Zealand about the Yoga In Prisons Trust.

News for Autumn 2015

We have elected a new Chairperson to replace Heather Cunningham.  We are pleased to announce that Gyananidhi – Jane Allen – one of our long-time prison yoga teachers has accepted the role.

Happy Spring Newsletter

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.

New Yoga Book Benefits YEPT

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.

Growth of Yoga in Prisons

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...

Upcoming Fundraisers

Auckland: We are hosting a movie night fundraising event on Sunday 19th May from 5.30 pm in Auckland. Included will be a Yoga Nidra, screening of The Dhamma Brothers and light refreshments. Suggested koha $15. Venue Pohutukawa Room, Youthline House, 13 Maidstone St...


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...

Freedom from Within ~ Pledge Me campaign a success!

Good news! Our PLEDGEME campaign has been a success in many ways. We raised a lot of interest from many parts of Aotearoa and people have made individual contributions to YEPT over and above what we were originally asking for the publication of Manual 1 ~ Freedom from...


YEPT is  currently embarking on local Community Fundraising events to help support our teachers and continue the work that is being done by Adhyatma and Swami Vimalratna on compiling a Booklet that soon to be published for prisoners to use as a reference material. ...

Waiheke Island Fundraiser a success

Many thanks to all those who organised and supported the YEPT Fundraiser at Waiheke Island on Sunday 12th June. Very special thank you to Neal Goshal for leading us in a beautiful yoga class, organising the site and generally doing everything. The film, The Dhamma...

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