Yoga Education in Prisons Trust YEPT

Yoga Education in Prisons Trust YEPT

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


Yoga Education in Prisons Trust is a registered Charitable Trust that has been providing yoga and mindfulness classes in New Zealand prisons since November 2009.

Our work is an important piece in the rehabilitation process, and international research provides the evidence that regular yoga classes increase self-awareness, enabling people to create long-lasting behavior change.

Yoga education programs 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.

Most of these people suffer under the weight of past trauma, historical abuse and layers of addiction, and the physical and mental tools regular yoga classes offer helps them to manage stress, regulate behavior, and begin to understand their offending.

Your donations enable Yoga Education in Prison’s Trust to continue delivering quality yoga classes into prisons nationwide. To administer and gain certification for our nationwide distance learning course; a course with 200+ current enrollments offering material for the beginner through to becoming a peer-instructor.

Making a financial pledge to support Yoga in Prisons really is a chance to be part of the solution. We all want to feel reassured that our giving is going directly to that which creates change for the good, and that is where your pledge will go; healing brokenness, breaking harmful cycles, reuniting families.

Because hurt people hurt people, and healed people heal.

More 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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Latest update

Yoga in prisons doing time  23 February 2020

Our teachers have been consistently giving the love. Juliet shares her experiences of teaching in a womens unit where service dogs and babies attend. Not your 'normal' class!

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Namiko on 06 Aug 2023
Thank you Alex for a great Meditation Class :)
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Guest Donor on 16 Dec 2022
Milly on 08 Nov 2022
Wonderful work.
camila on 13 Feb 2022
beautiful mahi ngā mihi nui
Lorna on 30 Nov 2021

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