Yoga & Meditation Training in Prisons
is a collaboration with state and local governments where volunteers travel to the institutions to reach thousands of inmates. Prisoners learn breathing with awareness, self-analysis, and emotional control. Many have said they have found a new lease on life, and the prison staff also report they see positive changes. Anyone can participate, irrespective of race, religion, caste, creed or gender. All kinds of prisoners have received support, including those convicted of violent crimes such as murder, rape, assault and robbery. The largest initiative is in Kerala, where teachers have reached more than 21,000 inmates in 50 institutions, including central prisons, district prisons, sub-jails and special sub-jails spread across the state. Since 2019, trainers in Tamil Nadu have taught about 5,000 prisoners in all the central prisons. To reach inmates during the pandemic, people are also participating online.