Links, Studies & Resources
There have been a variety of studies of the benefits of yoga and meditation programs in prison populations:
- A team of Oxford University researchers wrote an article in the Journal of Psychiatric Research, ‘Participation in a 10-week course of yoga improves behavioural control and decreases psychological distress in a prison population, published in 2013. http://theppt-38339.k-hosting.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2013-Journal-of-Psychiatric-Research-Bilderbeck-Farias-et-al.pdf
- The Swedish Prison and Probation Service supported research published in Frontiers of Psychiatry, ‘Yoga in Correctional Settings: A Randomized Controlled Study’ published in October, 2017. https://www.kriminalvarden.se/globalassets/publikationer/forskningsrapporter/yoga-slutrapport-engelsk-version.pdf
- Duke University researchers have had their research on ‘Yoga on Our Minds: A Systematic Review of Yoga for Neuropsychiatric Disorders’ published online in Frontiers in Psychiatry in January, 2013. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3555015/
- There are numerous other studies detailing the benefits of yoga and meditation generally, not necessarily for the inmate population.