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Fund sustainable yoga programmes in NZ's prisons

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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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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.

Yoga Education in Prisons Trust YEPT's involvement (page creator)

The Yoga Education in Prisons Trust is a registered charity that since 2009 has supported yoga and meditation teachers working with in prisons around NZ. We provide (limited) financial support, training and mentoring, and undertake research into how yoga and meditation can best be used with prison populations.

(Because we are limited in our ability to take photographs in NZ prisons, some images on the video are courtesy of the Prison Yoga Project in San Francisco, USA).

About us

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.

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We didnt meet our target but here's how you can still help us...   19 December 2015

Thank you so much for making a generous pledge to our Give a Little project. When the project closed $31,599.00 had been pledged by 134 generous backers. It's amazing to know that so many people support the initiative to bring yoga and mindfulness into prisons as a transformative practice. Crowdfunding is a great way to create an awareness of the crowd of like-minded people around us.

Unfortunately, the way Give a Little projects work is that unless the total pledged achieves the target the pledges made are not actioned. This means your credit card will not be automatically charged.

You do have the option of changing your pledge into a straight donation at the original dollar amount (or a different one), and obviously we are asking you to consider this. If we can raise funds at or around the level pledged, that will still allow us to support a significant number of additional yoga and mindfulness classes in prisons, and to provide support to teachers in the form of training and mentoring. Importantly, it also is a great platform for us to approach the large philanthropic trusts and corporate sponsors. It shows that a crowd of NZ'ers both believe in the value of yoga in prisons and care enough to donate.

If you want to turn your pledge into a donation, visit the following page:

Please remember that you are under no obligation to do so. We greatly appreciate your offer of support, and fully understand if you are unable to take it further.

However, if you do choose to continue, please be assured that the resources will be used carefully for the purposes originally outlined. We will be reporting regularly through Facebook and email newsletters, and whether you choose to donate or not we hope you will continue to come on this journey with us. Your blessing is what we value most!

Please take care over the festive season, and we trust you will find time to reconnect to the things that sustain you most.


The Team at Yoga Education in Prisons Trust

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Latest pledges

  • Equilibrium

    Equilibrium on 17 Dec 2015


    Wonderful seeing this solution to reducing tension, frustration and violence. We know it must make a big difference and have a huge ripple effect.


  • Ron Thomson

    Ron Thomson on 16 Dec 2015


    Amazing work. Turn round just a couple of lives and it must be worthwhile


  • Hilary

    Hilary on 16 Dec 2015



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