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Yoga book to keep inmates active

Yoga book
Yoga Without Words helps inmates who can not read to relax

An Oxford-based charity is launching a yoga book for prisoners who cannot read.

The Prison Phoenix Trust has worked for the last 20 years with inmates, teaching them exercises which keep them fit and help them relax.

The trust's yoga teachers visit prisons such as Aylesbury, Bullingdon and Grendon once a week.

It is hoped the book will help thousands more practise daily in their cells.

Sandy Chubb, Director of the Prison Phoenix Trust, said: "We wrote this especially for people who don't read or who don't read English.

"One of the problems that prisoners have is that their heads are loaded with their problems and anxieties and to have a moment where they can pause for half an hour a day to let the wheels of the mind slow down and gain some peace, that means everything to them."

Yoga is already being taught at 95 prisons across the UK.

The book should bring yoga to some of the 81,000 inmates in the country.

The hope is, as they start to feel better about themselves, they will be less likely to reoffend.

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