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The Amrita volunteers reached out to more than 70 prisons and Borstal Schools (Juvenile Detention Centres), including central prisons, district prisons, sub-jails, and special sub-jails spread across Kerala and Tamil Nadu. This program has touched the lives of over 21,000 prisoners in over 1100 sessions in Kerala and over 6700 prisoners in over 106 sessions in Tamil Nadu till now for both men and women inmates. We have conducted online classes for 14 prisons in Tamil Nadu for over 500 participants during this pandemic time.
The service of teaching yoga and meditaion by Mata Amritanandamayi Math to the prison inmates across the state is highly appreciated. We also want the Math to give similar classes to the prison department staff members.
Incarceration is very tough on any individuals irrespective of the nature of their offense and many find it very difficult to adapt to their situations inside Jails. It might lead to depression which leads to many challenges in a Jail setup. We dwelled upon it a lot and arrived at the thought of providing Yoga to prisoners and discussed it with Mata Amritanandamayi Math who were only happy to provide their services. The Yoga training program provided by them has been of great help in improving the mental health of prisoners and we are indebted to Mata Amritanandamayi Math for their services.
This is a fantastic class for the inmates of the sub-jail. It is more beneficial to the inmates in terms of stress reduction and health maintenance. It is an effective method of avoiding bad habits and practises. It is more advantageous to us because it aids in the correction of offences. It will also aid in lowering the society’s crime rate.
Yoga provides physical and mental energy and refreshment to inmates who practise it on a regular basis. I’m getting a lot of positive feedback about the class, and I’m seeing a lot of inmates change for the better. Many inmates reported that their back pain had decreased after practising yoga every day. Yoga is expensive to learn from any other institution, but Mata Amritanandamayi Math is offering classes as a seva, which is a fantastic initiative.
This class has assisted the inmates in reducing their mental stress and providing them with new physical and mental energy. When I speak with the inmates, I can tell that they have decided that once they are released from prison, they will live a peaceful life and will have a cooperative attitude toward society.
There were also sessions for mentally transforming them in addition to the yoga sessions. According to my personal research into the inmate class, I discovered that the class had a significant impact on the inmates and had assisted them in reducing their mental stress, which eventually led to a change in the jail’s environment.
The yoga classes are assisting the inmates in making significant changes in their attitudes and thoughts. They have the ability to ask us questions and smile at the same time. We request that you hold these classes at regular intervals. We would like to express our gratitude to Mata Amritanandamayi Math for initiating this initiative, which promotes peace and hope in all jails.
The inmates who attended the yoga sessions told me that they have noticed a significant reduction in mental and physical stress, and that the values they learned during the talk will help them lead a better life and prepare for re-entry into society.
Inmates have told me that yoga classes have helped them reduce mental stress, and that they have been able to reduce their violent tendencies and develop good virtues and habits as a result.
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