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Scientific support for Yoga, Meditation and Mindfulness Training in Prison.
Study cites lower reoffense rates, impulse control, lower incidence of substance-abuse, depression and hostility.
Low Reincarceration Rate Associated with Ananda Marge Yoga and Meditation.
”There is growing evidence to support the teaching of spiritual practices, such as Yoga and meditation, in prisons. A Minnesota-based consensus panel observed that spirtual approaches may be quite valuable in substance-abuse treatment for offenders, and recommended providing a time and suitable place for individual meditation, reflection, or prayer. A study at Seattle’s North Rehabilitation Facility found that the recidivism rate for inmates who took a 10-day Vipassana mediation retreat was 56%, a 25% improvement over recidivism rates in the general inmate population. A follow-up study by the Addictive Behaviors Research Center at the University of Washington found that drug use, drug and alchol-related consequences, and self-reported levels among those who took the course, compared to those who did not. ”
The goal of the Prison Yoga Project is to expand the practice of Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation to prisons and rehabilitation facilities, and to provide training for Yoga instructors interested in teaching to at-risk populations in prisons, residential rehabilitation facilities, and community programs.
Based on eight years of experience conducting programs in prisons, residential treatment facilities, and inner city community projects – the Prison Yoga Project has a track record of providing the rehabilitative benefits of yoga and other mindfulness practices to both youth and adult at-risk populations.
The Prison Yoga Project advises prisons, private entities and/or individuals about establishing yoga programs as part of a rehabilitation program, and provides an already proven to be effective curriculum and facilitation protocol. Additionally the project offers trainings for yoga teachers who are interested in working with at-risk populations.