Since 1997, the Insight Prison Project has been dedicated to reducing recidivism rates and improving public safety by conducting highly-effective in-prison rehabilitation programs that provide prisoners with the tools and life skills necessary to create durable change. Courses include Victim Offender Education Groups (VOEG), Violence Prevention, Yoga and Meditation, Emotional intelligence, Crisis intervention, and others.
Our mission is to transform the lives of those impacted by incarceration through programs designed to develop behavior inspired by insight, accountability and compassion.
The IPP Yoga Program cultivates the concept of sound body/sound mind as a critical principle of successful rehabilitation. Since yoga represents a practice of Mindfulness and embodiment, it is not only important for supporting behavioral rehabilitation, it is also critical for physical and emotional well being while experiencing the stress and distress of incarceration.
The IPP Yoga Program teaches prisoners practical skills for developing insight to transform negative behavior patterns that led them to prison into positive, productive behaviors that will sustain them while incarcerated and add to their chances of success upon release. The primary aim of the classes is to allow students to free themselves from confusion and distress, thereby allowing the mind and body to be at peace in difficult circumstances. An important focus of the program is learning self control through the practice of yoga, which has direct application to assisting in addiction recovery and violence prevention. The classes fit under the broader context of the IPP Emotional Literacy Program, in that integrating (uniting) bodily sensations, thoughts and emotions through a conscious yoga practice results in increased emotional intelligence.
To learn more about the Insight Prison Project, please visit www.InsightPrisonProject.org