I started working by the end of 2008. Since then, 5.200 inmates have taken the course. From the beginning, I decided that we wouldn't open any prison where we could not give a monthly course, and a weekly satsang. In time, however, there was the need for daily attendance and that is what we are doing. We are a group of six Part 1 Course teachers and one Sri Sri yoga course teacher. We are almost full time teachers. Due to the number of Part 1 courses that some inmates had taken, it became necessary for them to take a Part 2 course, and that is how Guruji appointed me as Part 2 instructor for prisons. That is what I have been doing since 2011 in Argentina and Brazil. By the end of last year, the first inmate teacher graduated from our work at the prisons. He is today in charge of a centre and there is already a group of inmates that are awaiting to follow the same path.Today The Art of Living Wing at prison is one year old. In such prison 32 inmates are held under maximum security, where we practice everyday. We eradicate fights. A clean, dignifying place to live and to perform the practices.
“I had decided to go back to my anti-depressants before this (The Art of Living) course, but now I don’t need them. I will practice these techniques every single day for the rest of my life. I only hope other people are lucky enough to take this course. It has given me more help than I could have ever imagined possible. Thank you.”
“I’ve been suffering from a loss of concentration, weak memory and extreme anger. Now I feel as if something heavy has been lifted from my back.”
“I found that this training of breathing is so useful and its benefit shows when I do it. I feel that my heart is stronger and younger. When I can’t sleep I just do the breathing and I feel energy in all parts of my body.”
“I feel peace with myself and have less stress. I think if I continue with the practice, this feeling of peace will continue to grow.”
M. Ali Bankat
"Before this experience, I was sad, depressed and starting to lose hope because of the situation here in Iraq. Now, after only four days, I feel confident in myself – happier, have hopes and dreams again and I feel that life is so beautiful. I have started to love everyone and physically I have much more energy and am able to do more things. I want to thank you very much for helping all of us feel better.”