Yoga Education in Prisons Trust YEPT

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Help bring regular yoga and meditation practice to prisoners all around NZ, reducing violence and stress and aiding rehabilitation

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Help us teach freedom on the inside!

Currently a handful of yoga teachers work in NZ's prisons, mostly on a voluntary basis. Yet yoga is proven to be effective in prison settings, helping reduce violence and stress and support self-awareness and positive change. Help us bring more yoga into NZ's prisons, and use evaluation to build the case for ongoing government and philanthropic funding.

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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.

YEPT recognizes that the restrictive environment of a prison may be more conducive to internalisation and contemplation. Therefore it can be regarded as an opportunity to use the time-tested techniques and tools of yoga and meditation for personal growth and well-being.

A safe supportive environment is created by experienced teachers that allows the prisoners to let go of fears and inhibitions, explore aspects of themselves that can enhance social integration.

Latest update

Help us teach freedom on the inside  25 February 2017

The Yoga Education in Prisons Trust is launching another crowdfunding campaign to support its work taking yoga into prisons. We help teachers create sustainable yoga programmes in prisons around the country. We provide resources, run training & mentoring, liaise with government officials and offer a correspondence course for prisoners. Please spread the word on social media. And make a donation before 31 March so you can get a tax credit for this year!

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  • Sarah & Liz

    Sarah & Liz on 26 Aug 2019


    Thank you! your work is so valuable for those who need it most


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 20 Jul 2019


    I really love that this programme exists - for myself I find yoga calming and centering and that can only be a good thing


  • Huia Home Studio

    Huia Home Studio on 12 Apr 2019


    Fusion Ayurveda yoga class Koha :)


  • Strength Within

    Strength Within on 14 Mar 2019


    I provide a community class once a week at $5 per class for Kundalini Yoga. All of the revenue from this class is donated to Yoga Education in Prisons as I understand the teachers have to fund themselves.


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