Goals: To promote and advance the physical, mental, and spiritual development of inmates in Canada through the practice of meditation and yoga. To train, develop, and support meditation and yoga teachers who offer classes in correctional facilities. To develop and deliver a program of volunteer correspondents who will reply to letters from inmates to support them in their practice.
New Kadampa Tradition (Mahayana). Prison Meditiation Programs in British Columbia.
Prisons Served: North Fraser Pretrial Centre, Fraser Regional Correctional Centre
Chaplain Kelly McCallum has been serving North Fraser Pretrial Center since 2000, and Fraser Regional Correctional Centre since 2016.
Sahaja Yoga Meditation in jails has been practiced in 22 countries all over the world. The inmates follow the courses on a free will ; the organizers are volunteers.
Sahaja Yoga meditation helps the prisoners :
– to reduce the stress of lack of freedom
– to have peace and positive feeling inside
– to get rid of addictions
The teachings and practices of Siddha Yoga are brought to incarcerated men and
women through the Siddha Yoga Meditation Study Courses. The 17 year long Course
lessons describe in simple, down-to-earth language the timeless, transformative wisdom
of yoga. Lessons are received monthly and are free of charge to all who are
incarcerated. They are available in Spanish translation on request. Persons of all
spiritual and religious persuasions are invited to participate. Nearly 5000 inmates are
enrolled in the Courses in over 900 prisons in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Italy, the U.K.,
Interested inmates can enroll in the Courses by writing to: Prison Project, PO Box
99140, Emeryville, CA 94662. The Prison Project web page is at:
A Registered Canadian Charity since 2007, Yoga Outreach was founded in 1996 by a loosely knit group of yoga teachers who came together to share yoga in the BC Correctional System, Yoga Outreach has grown from this foundation, expanding to serve a diverse range of facilities. The love, commitment, and passion which began that project continues today.
Yoga Outreach partners with volunteer yoga instructors, community organizations, social service agencies, and correctional facilities to provide mindfulness-based yoga programming to often overlooked adults and at-risk youth. Yoga Outreach programs are strengths-based and trauma-sensitive serving men, women, and youth facing challenges with mental health, addiction, poverty, violence, trauma, and imprisonment.
In addition, we provide training, ongoing mentorship, and community building opportunities to yoga teachers and community support professionals to enhance the delivery of yoga in these settings.
Right now we have programs in 2 prison locations in the Lower Mainland area – Alouette Correctional Centre for Women (classes in both medium & maximum secure areas); and Burnaby Youth Custody Services.