Yoga and Meditation Improve Life Behind Bars and Beyond

By Christopher Zoukis The Bureau of Justice Statistics has found that within five years of release, 76 percent of prisoners released in the U.S. reoffend. Breaking this cycle requires radical reforms in rehabilitation methods, and some surprising approaches are showing

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Prison Yoga Project

By Kristina Hall

Tattooed prisoners sit in quiet meditation or Yoga poses while incarcerated in prison. Several studies state that inmates who were taught Yoga while in prison were significantly less likely to become recidivists after release. This seems to be especially true with substance abuse offenders.

A 2002 study at Seattle’s North Rehabilitation Facility found that the recidivism rate for inmates who took a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat was 56%, a 25% improvement over recidivism rates for the general inmate population.  Image courtesy bodylocal.com

In 2002, James Fox introduced Yoga to the San Quentin Penitentiary with the goal of healing addictions, promoting emotional literacy, facilitating conflict resolution, and preventing violence. Thus was born the Prison Yoga Project. The Project believes in restorative justice, by providing prisoners tools for self-rehabilitation. Yoga practices help prisoners realize self-control and foster accountability.

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Prison Yoga Project

Tattooed prisoners sit in quiet meditation or in yoga poses while incarcerated in prison. Several studies state that inmates that were taught Yoga while in prison were significantly less like to be reincarcerated upon release. This seems to be especially true with substance abuse offenders.

A 2002 study at Seattle’s North Rehabilitation Facility found that the recidivism rate for inmates who took a 10-day Vipassana meditation retreat was 56%, a 25% improvement over recidivism rates for the generally inmate population.
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