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Lessons in flexibility: introducing a yoga program in an Australian prison


Hopkins, A and Bartels, L and Oxman, L, Lessons in flexibility: introducing a yoga program in an Australian prison, International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 8, (4) pp. 47-61. ISSN 2202-7998 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5204/ijcjsd.v8i4.1046


International research provides support for yoga as a wellbeing intervention in prison. Until recently, no systematic research had been undertaken in Australia to assess the effectiveness of a yoga program, or consider the challenges of implementation. In 2017, the authors, in partnership with Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Corrective Services and the Yoga Foundation, introduced a pilot yoga program at the Alexander Maconochie Centre in the ACT. This paper draws on comments from the prisoners who participated in the program and the yoga teacher, as well as the perspectives of a prison psychologist and the lead author, both of whom also participated in the program. The paper reflects on the lessons learnt from developing and delivering a prison yoga program and advocates for the expansion of such programs in Australian prisons.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian corrective services, meditation, prison, yoga
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Criminology
Research Field:Correctional theory, offender treatment and rehabilitation
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Rehabilitation and correctional services
UTAS Author:Bartels, L (Ms Lorana Bartels)
ID Code:150470
Year Published:2019
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-06-16
Last Modified:2022-06-16

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