Our biggest activity continues to be distribution of the CIBY and other publications by Swami Vishnu and Swami Sivananda. To date the Prison Project has mailed well over 4500 books.



Book distribution



Sivananda Prison Outreach Program

During the past 14 years, we have gained valuable insight into the prison system, which unfortunately does not live up to the true meaning of “correctional facility.” We believe in teaching prisoners a new way of thinking that empowers them to lead cleaner, more peaceful lives through Yoga in its many forms.

The genuine sympathy of well-wishers has kept the program alive. Even $14 can buy one book to change the life of a prisoner.


Directior: Araya

The Project is comprised of the following aspects:

  1. Sending Yoga books to prisoners
  2. Letter correspondence with prisoners
  3. Teaching Yoga in prisons – Hatha Yoga, Yoga philosophy, meditation
  4. Organizing day-long programs in prisons
  5. Making personal visits to prisoners
  6. Raising funds, mainly for book distribution, $5,000-$10,000 per year (please see box below for donation information.)


100% of all donations go to Prison Project activities such as purchasing books and other Yoga items, correspondence expenses, occasional visits to prisoners, and costs involved in teaching in prisons. There are no salaries to be paid or any administration costs, and all donations are tax-deductible. Your generous donations are much appreciated, and can make a great difference to an inmate locked up for years on end.