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Yoga Education in Prisons Trust - Help From Home 3

$5,185 of $10,000 goal
Given by 39 generous donors in 7 weeks

Our distance learning programme teaches yoga from the inside-out to help facilitate meaningful transformation for people in prison.

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Help us teach freedom from the inside, literally. Our evidence supported, trauma-informed yoga study programme for people in Aotearoa’s prisons offers a year-long distance learning course for beginners through to peer-instructors. For many, this programme is a life-line of self-understanding, empathy, resilience and meaningful transformation.

Our mahi is an important piece in the rehabilitation process. Yoga education programs like ours are being used around the world in prisons, youth detention centers and rehabilitation centers, to help unravel the complex mix of anxiety, depression, PTSD and addiction which many prisoners present with. We find that with the physical and mental tools yoga offers, paihere (people in prison) are better able to manage stress, regulate behaviour and begin to understand what’s possible beyond their offending.

Your donations enable us to continue to deliver our Kei roto i tuku kia haere : Freedom from Within course that currently has 240+ enrolments. Please support us in ensuring the sustainability of this programme, to tautoko more paihere in their quest for freedom from suffering, to heal a sense of despair, break harmful cycles, and build better futures, one breath, one body at a time.

“Yoga has shown me a new way of being. Not only am I physically stronger - I am spiritually stronger. Yoga is more than a philosophy, or a fitness programme - it is a way of being in this world. The pain of prison no longer has to be avoided at all cost. It can now be used, through my yoga practice, as a mechanism for personal growth.” ~ Tauira, Arohata prison.

Photo credit: Aisha Harley

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About us

We provide evidence-supported yoga education programmes to facilitate meaningful transformation for people in Aotearoa’s prisons. We also offer programmes to tautoko whānau and their communities.

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The aim of YEPT is to provide education for prisoners and released prisoners and offenders in the practices and techniques of yoga and meditation with the purpose to enable personal transformation.

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