Reversing the negative psychological effects of prison through mindfulness

Just four months in prison can negatively affect a person’s cognitive abilities and impulse control, according to findings published in Criminal Justice and Behavior from Penn criminologists Adrian Raine and Rebecca Umbach. The good news is some combination of cognitive...

Mindfulness in Prison and Beyond

In this two-part Tricycle Talks episode, learn about Fleet Maull’s tireless dedication to helping prisoners access meditation, and go behind the scenes with him on a retreat to train the next generation of mindfulness teachers. Nearly 30 years ago, Acharya Fleet Maull dove deep...

Yoga Isn’t Just for Tea Drinkers and Trend Seekers

“Keeping people locked up forever does not promote public safety in any way. People are coming out so damaged because it’s so damaging to be in prison — so you’re creating problems that did not [previously] exist. Mental health problems, in particular, develop in prison.” A...

Free in Captivity: How meditation got me through a 25-year prison sentence

The specter of depression accompanied me in my prison experience from the very beginning. It was always there, just over my shoulder, at the edge of my consciousness, a black hole of despair and darkness. There were times in the county jail, awaiting trial and then sentencing,...

Yoga Studio Brings Mindfulness & Meditation to Women Behind Bars

Yoga is a practice that helps millions throughout the world through physical, spiritual and mental discipline and is now bringing mindfulness to an unlikely group of people, helping them transcend their barriers. KTVB went inside the Pre-Release Center (PRC) at the South Idaho...

Project Wheel House Aims to Change Trajectory of At-Risk Women with Yoga & Mindfulness

Shelters and prisons are two places you might least expect to encounter women perfecting a “tree pose” or “lotus position” — two common yoga movements. But Mattapoisett resident Jessica Webb says those are two underserved, at-risk populations that...

Correctional Officer Suicide Rate Rivals That Of Vietnam Vets

Far too often society focuses on the lives of those behind bars, and rarely on those who work inside correctional facilities. Prison is a tough place not only for inmates, but also for those who dedicate their lives to working in correctional facilities. Correctional officers...

How Would an Ethical Officer React?

…Senior Cpl. Joshua Merkel, the class’s defensive-­tactics instructor, talked to the recruits about how their bodies might respond to stressful situations. “When stress and adrenaline hit, we get tunnel vision, where our scope of vision narrows, and we get auditory...

Inmates find freedom, connection in prison yoga class

According to the most recent study by the Connecticut Department of Corrections, 79 percent of male offenders who were released from prison back in 2005, were rearrested within five years of their release. To combat this statistic, the Willard Cybulski Correctional Facility...

Prison Yoga: Serving the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center, Indiana

Rob: What originally motivated you to teach yoga at the Vanderburgh County Correctional Center (VCCC)? My goal has always been to introduce yoga to more men! Most of the time I’m the only male in the classes I attend. My niece is employed at the VCCC and informed me they had been...
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