AoL conducts Prison Rehab Programme

Inmates of District Jail Udhampur performing Yoga exercises during a workshop on Tuesday.
Inmates of District Jail Udhampur performing Yoga exercises during a workshop on Tuesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, June 28: To celebrate 75th year of India’s independence and 150th birth anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, a prison rehabilitation programme has been started by Union Ministry of Culture in collaboration with Art of Living (AoL) Foundation, Bangalore in 15 States.
In this regard, first workshop was conducted in district Jail Udhampur from June 21 to 28 in which 75 jail inmates and 10 staffers participated.
Shakti Sagar, Chief Engineer (Retd.) and senior AoL faculty member conducted the workshop in which Yoga postures and meditation was taught to the participants along with tips to improve self-strength, balance, flexibility, disciplinary practices and selfless action to stay away from negative thoughts.
On concluding day, the participants shared their experiences and many of them informed about the change in their state of mind, improved quality of sleep, relaxed and calmness in their minds and improvement in their physical health.
Superintendent of the Jail, Harish Kotwal and Shakti Sagar talked about the life of Aurbindo as a freedom fighter and his spiritual journey.
A cultural programme was also presented by the jail inmates.
“Impact of the Prison Programme of AoL is that it transforms lives and has been active in over 65 countries and continues to grow. In India, over 100 prisons have implemented this programme. More than 800,000 inmates in prisons and staffers have been transformed through these programmes,” said Ajay Kapoor, State Coordinator of AoL Bureau of Communications and Projects.
“If people get sick, we take them to the hospital and give them right medicine to get better. If people’s behaviour is sick, we bring them to the prison, but we forget medicines,” said Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about this programme.