Bound to be Free: The Liberating Power of Prison Yoga - by Rev. Sandra Kumari de Sachy, Ed.D.
Based on the teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda
Bound to be Free: The Liberating Power of Prison Yoga, illustrates how yoga can be and is being used in prisons as a powerful method of prisoner reform and rehabilitation. The book is grounded in the Integral Yoga teachings of Sri Swami Satchidananda, who was a renowned yoga master, a spiritual guide to thousands of people worldwide and one of the first Yoga teachers to bring the timeless teachings of Yoga into U.S. prisons. Through talks that Swami Satchidananda gave in prisons across the country, from interviews with other Yoga teachers who have taught and are teaching in prisons, with a look at some highly successful prison Yoga programs that are being carried out in the us and abroad and with personal stories of prisoners whose study and practice of Yoga has brought peace and self-transformation, Bound to be Free: The Liberating Power of Prison Yoga not only offers a wide-ranging view of the benefits of Yoga to the incarcerated populations, but also demonstrates how those benefits impact society in general.
"Only the people who have attained salvation or liberation are the really free people. Others are in prison. When you are not free, you are imprisoned; What is the prison then? Is it within the walls, behind electronic doors? No. It is within you. Your ignorance of your true nature is, itself, a prison; it's bondage. Yoga goes to the very root of your true self."
~Sri Swami Satchidananda