South Africa

In March 2002 we held our first meditation retreat of three days, and now have ongoing intensive retreats based on our MAIA Programme (Mindfulness Awareness in Action) These retreats are nondenominational, and offer a workable approach to mindful awareness. We have up to 40 inmates participating in this programme at a time. The Goodwood and Robertson Prisons also approached us to extend the MAIA programme to their facilities.

Heila Downey

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

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