Yoga Gaining Popularity in South African Prisons
Cape Town volunteer organisation SevaUnite introduced yoga at Pollsmoor six years ago. Today, prisoners in nine correctional facilities nationwide are part of the programme
It is wonderful to be able to share with you that more than 250 South African prisoners are now regularly doing yoga :) In this fascinating article, the growing practice of yoga in South African prisons. alongside yoga's benefits for this specific population, are explored.
Cape Town volunteer organisation SevaUnite introduced yoga at Pollsmoor six years ago. Today, prisoners in nine correctional facilities nationwide are part of the programme. One prisoner who is part of the program explains, 'Yoga makes me feel positive about life. It has helped me to deal with the stress of prison life'.
Officials at South Africa’s Department of Correctional Services see yoga as part of an integrated approach to mental health, says a spokesman, Manelisi Wolela. “Most offenders taking yoga classes have attested the programme provides them with the opportunity to learn to accept themselves the way they are, to deal with stressful situations in a calm manner and to avoid negative thinking. Many of them are now less aggressive and have seen improvements in their health and wellbeing,” he explains.
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