Violence Prevention Direct Service Programs
30 – 75 minute Dynamic Mindfulness classes
Mindful yoga sessions, combining  movement,  breathwork, and meditation are led by Niroga’s Yoga Corps teachers.  Yoga mats and props are used.   Classes can be more physical, satisfying P.E. requirements, and also include extension activities for stress resilience, self awareness, self-control, and building healthy relationships.
Day-long immersions
For students already familiar with dynamic mindfulness from our hourly classes, our day-long immersions include a variety of activities, including role-playing, art, games, yoga, breathwork, and mindfulness. This all day workshop teaches mindfulness practices to better manage emotions, to adopt healthy habits, and to build community and support among peers.

The Prison Mindfulness Initiative organizes, supports, and trains a state-wide network of volunteers to teach mindfulness-based meditation and yoga programs in prisons and jails throughout California. In the last year, PMI has trained hundreds of volunteers to teach mindfulness meditation and yoga to California’s 235,000+ male and female prisoners. PMI also trains people outside of California.

Jacques Verduin

Mark Stiles Unit – Beaumont, TX
Discovering Ethics Class – Wednesday Morning
Meditation Class – Wednesday Afternoon
Ramsey Unit – Rosharon, TX
Meditation Class – Second Tuesday of the month
Terrell Unit – Rosharon, TX
Meditation Class – Second Friday of the month

Lojong Correspondence Course – Lojong: Attitude Transformation in Seven Parts – Palden Atisha
A Study Guide is Available on request –
Individual Correspondence with inmates on practice.
Project Clear Light
2220 Postoffice Street Suite B
Galveston, TX 77550

The sole purpose and intent of Project Clear Light is to bring the peaceful and soothing Dharma teachings into the lives of participating offenders, to guide them in their understanding of these teachings and practices, and to become a bright clear light unto the world.

Project Clear Light is a Dharma based program that is pledged to work with and within the administration, staff, policies and procedures of TDCJ. It is not evangelical or in any way a religious, social or political advocacy agency, supporter or contributor for any individual offender or group.

Terry Conrad

Ratna Peace Initiative (RPI) works with incarcerated men and women nationwide. It offers a study of Buddhist texts integrated with mindfulness meditation. The program and practice are first taught either in an onsite visit, by using a text, or by video. A dialog through correspondence with an MPP educator follows. In 2014 we corresponded with over 360 inmates in 48 states, conducting on-going guidance for their spiritual practice and course work. Meditation is taught and practiced as a discipline for those interested in Buddhism and also is a useful secular way for anyone to develop peacefulness and understanding, regardless of their background or religious affiliation.

Margot Neuman, Gary Allen

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

Since 1979 the Prison Project has provided the Siddha Yoga© Home Study Course free of charge to all inmates who request it. These lessons link the inmates dynamically to the transformational wisdom of the Siddha Yoga teachings and to the grace of the lineage of the Siddha Yoga masters. Lessons are received monthly and, on request, are available in Spanish translation. Currently enrolled in the course are some six thousand inmates in fifteen hundred prisons in North America, Europe, and Australia. The Prison Project is dedicated to making the teachings, practices and experience of the Siddha Yoga path available to incarcerated seekers.

This website is maintained as a resource for others and as a reference for work done in the field of consciousness-based rehabilitation, pioneered by the late Farrokh K. Anklesaria, Esq., and his wife, Ruffina Farrokh Anklesaria, M.A.
TESP offered a consciousness-based approach to criminal rehabilitation.  We used  the Transcendental Stress Management program and proven programs for stress reduction, including neuro-muscular integration exercises (yoga) and neuro-respiratory techniques.

Farrokh & Ruffina Anklesaria

The Parinaama Prison Project (Fundacion Parinaama) is a totally voluntary effort by yoga teachers of several different traditions (including Iyengar, Anusara, Vini Yoga, Ashtanga, Power Yoga and Kundalini) mostly from Mexico City, Cuautla, Cuernavaca and surrounding areas.  We are dedicated to taking Hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama, body-mind & stress management tools behind Mexican prison bars.

We were founded in 2003 by Ann Moxey, Anusara Certified Instructor with a training in Vini-Yoga and Iyengar. In 2011, Ann started a Yoga Teacher Training for the inmates in the Men’s prison, which continues to this day and was attended initially by two female yoga participants from the Women’s prison until they went free. Five ex-inmates are currently working as yoga teachers, some of them in Juvenile Detention/Reform Centers.

Fundacion Parinaama estimates that over 1,500 inmates have attended the classes its members have offered. In the Men’s prison attendance is between 60 to 30 inmates per class. The Women’s prison yoga attendance is currently at about 15.

The Parinaama Prison Project proposes a complete change of paradigm: replacing the present War against Drugs with Drug Prevention Programs . Parinaama Yoga is a registered school which runs a 200 hour Teacher Training in Stress Management and Yoga for Addictions / Prevention. It targets yoga teachers who already hold a Certification or Psychologists/Medical Professionals interested in learning yoga tools to complement the work they already do.

Parinaama has served as inspiration to teach behind bars in Queretaro, Puebla, Toluca, San Miguel Allende, Morelia, Chihuahua, as well as Mexico City and abroad, in Costa Rica’s San Jose prison, and Argentina’s prisons in Tucuman, La Plata, Mar del Plata, and Buenos Aires.

Ann Moxey

The Prison Phoenix Trust encourages prisoners in the development of their spiritual lives through meditation and yoga, working with silence and the breath.

We offer individual support to prisoners and prison staff through teaching, correspondence, books and newsletters. People of any faith or no faith can benefit. We honour all religions.

The Prison Phoenix Trust was registered as a charity in 1988. We work all over the UK and The Republic of Ireland in prisons, young offender institutions, immigration removal centres, secure hospitals and probation hostels.

A key aspect of our work is training and supporting qualified yoga teachers to teach in prison and other secure conditions.

The Prison Phoenix Trust regularly receives recognition for its groundbreaking work with prisoners and prison staff.

(UK exchange) 01865 512 521
Lucy Ayrton

The Village Zendo is a Zen community in the heart of downtown Manhattan. Serving as a sanctuary in this busy world, we offer meditation, services, retreats, workshops and study groups. Participation is open to all.

Meditation program at Sing Sing.  We do a 1.5-hour meditation program
and service there each Sunday.

A Jesse Jiryu Davis
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