Who is Welcomed to our Yoga and Meditation classes
Coming out of prison can be traumatic for many, especially when periods of incarceration have eroded self confidence and the inner tools for survival. We have outlined the steps to ensure that all guests are treated with equal resect, whatever their differences. We have looked closely at the Government’s Equality Policy 2010 to take guidance so as not to discriminate against anyone who has gender issues, those of a different race, anyone who is pregnant, disabled or elderly.
Anyone with gender issues will be included and the Yoga class will proceed as usual. Positive and encouraging comments will be offered by the Yoga teacher, to gay and straight people attending the class. It is hoped this will promote a friendly, accepting atmosphere.
Those of a different race
Anyone of a different race, particularly if their understanding of English is limited will be encouraged to follow the movements of the Yoga teacher, who will perform each asana, or movement in full view of those taking part in the class. In this way, all should feel included
Anyone who joins the class whilst pregnant, is advised to start Yoga and meditation after they have reached fourteen weeks gestation, then The COPS Club encourages joining in with a gentle practice. No twists or inversions should be practised and during relaxation, lie on the left side rather than the back or right side.
The COPS Club believes that we can all benefit from yoga and meditation. We will always tailor the class to any disability and ability. Some may want to sit on a chair and work mostly on joints, fingers, toes etc without any risk of falling. Breathing and relaxation is also an important part of Yoga. The positive and encouraging comments from the Yoga teacher to all in the class, will hopefully promote a friendly atmosphere between the disabled and fitter people in the class.
We welcome all ages, there are a few older, ex-prisoners and those who have become homeless. It is likely that this group in particular have had long periods of failure and disappointments. Therefore, it is important that they experience success and enjoyment whilst practicing breathing techniques alongside gentle body movements. The classes should be structured to feature breathing practises, gentle joint and body movements, encouraging relaxation and a feeling of well being.The aim is for them to enjoy the class.