yoga behind bars: inside a mexican prison’s yoga program (photo essay)

image by Carlos Jassos for Reuters, via

The Globe and Mail has run a moving gallery of images taken of yoga classes in a Mexican prison. The images are of the Parinaama Prison Project, a program founded by Argentine yoga teacher Ann Moxey in 2003. The program specializes in yoga to reduce stress, violence and addiction among female and male inmates in four of the six juvenile centers in Mexico City. The inmates say they are much calmer and hopeful thanks to this innovative yoga program.

See the whole slideshow here.

For more information on yoga outreach programs in prisons, see this Yoga Activist list of resources.

  1. This is so cool. We have a similar program in my town, a woman I know goes into the jail and teaches yoga. I know what yoga has done for my life, and I love the idea of spreading the opportunity for that kind of peace and health to people who might not be exposed to it otherwise. Go yogis!