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Art of Living conducts Prison Smart Workshop
1/23/2023 10:58:12 PM
Early Times Report
JAMMU, Jan 23: To celebrate 75th year of India's independence "Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Art of Living Prison Rehabilitation Program has been started as a project with the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India in 15 states in collaboration with Art of Living Foundation Bangalore. Under which Workshop namely Prison Smart has been conducted in the District Jail Kathua from jan 16 to 23, 2023 In which 35 Jail inmates and jail staff attended the 8 days workshop. Rohit Ranjan , Senior faculty member AOL from International Centre Bangalore conducted the workshop in which Yoga Asanas, Pranayams, Sudershan Kriya and Meditations were taught to the participants and tips to improve self-strength, balance, flexibility, disciplinary practices, meditation and selfless action to stay away from negative thoughts were given. All participants felt relaxed with peace of mind, improvement in sleep quality and freedom from negative emotions after this workshop.
On the concluding day, the participants shared their experiences. Many participants informed about the change of their state of mind, improved quality of sleep, relaxed and calmness in their minds and improvement in their physical health. The participants thanked the Art of Living and Jail Superintendent for organizing the beautiful workshop. Superintendent Kathua Jail SP Kaushal and Rohit Ranjan from AOL highlighted about workshop benefits and suggested to the inmates that if they perform Pranayamas and Sudhershan Kriya on daily basis, probably they would notice the benefits of these activities and feel relaxed and better from their physical and more important mental health point of view A cultural program was presented by Jail inmates during the concluding function as entertainment therapy. Superintendent Jail thanked Art of living for conducting the workshop and informed that more workshops shall be organized in near future for the wellbeing of inmates. The workshop was remarkably assisted by Anuja jasrotia and Sunny AOL Faculty form JnK Chapter and Organised by DDC member AK Katyal .
Art of Living the Prison Program transforms the lives of people working in or incarcerated within the criminal justice system. This program teaches skills that reduce stress, heal trauma and provides practical knowledge of how to handle negative emotions in order to live to one's highest potential and contribute to society in a positive way and the Impact of this workshop is that it has been active in over 65 countries and continues to grow. In India, over 100 prisons have implemented the program. More than 800,000+ prison inmates & staff have been transformed through these programs, said Ajay kapoor State coordinator - Art of living Bureau of communications and projects.
Benefits of the Prison Program are Improved immunity and physical well-being, Reduced depression and anxiety, More respectful relationships between prisoners and prison staff, Normalized sleep patterns, Freedom from traumatic scars of the past, Better mutual understanding among prisoners, Removal of tendency to seek revenge as well as feelings of guilt, Reduced crime in society. "If people get sick, we take them to the hospital and give them the right medicine to get better. If people's behavior is sick, we bring them to the prison, but we forget the medicines."- Rightly Said Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar about this program.
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