International Journal of Education and Psychological Research

(Print and Online Peer Reviewed Journal)

Print - ISSN: 2349 - 0853
e - ISSN: 2279 - 0179


(June 2015)

Psycho Physiological Effect of Vethathiri Maharishi’s Simplified Kundalini Yoga (SKY) Among Prison Inmates

Authors: U. Baskaran

Pages: 23-27


The Modern Prison Manual states that reformation, rehabilitation and re-socialization are the prime objectives of prison management. Correctional team in Tamilnadu prisons has been implementing various counseling, psychotherapy and yoga programs to achieve the aim. The present study aims to investigate the effect of Simplified kundalini yoga among prison inmates. For the purpose 20 inmates belonging to remand, TamilnaduPrevention of Dangers Activities (TPDA), and convicts were selected from central prison, Salem, Tamilnadu. The subjects aged ranges from24 to55. The simplified Kundalini Yoga training consisting of simplified exercises, meditation and Kayakalpa yoga, was imparted to all the selected subjects. After completion of 15 days of training, a feedback about the effectiveness of the program was collected from all the subjects. Qualitative techniques of content analysis were used to analyse the feedback. The result revealed that all prisoners have problems with psychological, cognitive, physical and negative attitude towards life before practicing SKY yoga. Stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, lack of concentration and hopelessness are predominant problems reported by the prisoners before practicing SKY yoga. Practicing SKY yoga enhanced the physical, psychological and cognitive wellness of prisoners. Sound sleep, reduced anxiety, positive outlook towards life are the major signs of wellness achieved through the practicing of SKY yoga.