The Prison Project

The Prison Project is dedicated to disseminating the Siddha Yoga teachings and practices to incarcerated individuals. It is part of the Siddha Yoga Philosophy and Culture Area of the SYDA Foundation and is based in the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland, California.

Under Gurumayi Chidvilasananda's guidance, the Prison Project has touched the lives of thousands of inmates throughout the world.

Baba Muktananda founded the Prison Project in 1979. Baba gave this message to prisoners:

If you want to respect yourself, if you want to improve yourself, if you want to experience the joy of your own inner Self, you can do that anywhere.

Since 1979 the Prison Project has provided the Siddha Yoga Home Study Course to inmates who request it. Lessons are received monthly and are available in Spanish translation.

Six thousand students in over fifteen hundred prisons in North America, Europe, Canada, and Australia are currently enrolled in the course.

The Prison Project has over seventy trained satsang facilitators who conduct satsangs in prisons.

Participating in the Prison Project

Siddha Yoga sevites volunteer for the Prison Project in a variety of ways:

  • Conducting satsangs for inmates
  • Answering sadhana questions and supporting inmates' study of the Siddha Yoga Home Study Course
  • Donating Siddha Yoga books and photos
  • Making monetary donations to support the work of the Prison Project
  • Offering seva in the Prison Project office at the Siddha Yoga Ashram in Oakland

For further information, please contact us:

Prison Project
PO Box 99140
Emeryville, CA 94662
Phone: 510 898 2700 ext 1769

Fax: 510 654 2304