IAHV Prison Program teaches a comprehensive series of breathing practices, including the advanced SKY Breathing Meditation, which has been the subject of independent investigation and research in hospitals and research institutions worldwide. Various studies have also been conducted in prisons themselves.
Anger and Violence
Measurable and sustained reductions in violence, anger, and rebelliousness.
Depression & PTSD
Independent studies have documented rapid, significant relief from depression and PTSD
Drug Use & Relaxation
Measurable and sustained reductions in drug use reported, as well as increased relaxation.
Stress & Sleep
SKY Significantly decreases stress hormones,and improves deep sleep, as much as 3x in one study.
"This course is the missing puzzle piece.
I've taken a lot of stress and anger management courses, but they don't teach you the 'how' to get rid of it. This course is the missing puzzle piece.”
- IAHV PRISON PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
Letters of Recommendation
Recognized worldwide by MINISTRIES, PRISON DIRECTORS, and PRISON STAFF
as an efficient way to reduce crime and violence in and out of prison.
IAHV Prison Program has collected significant empirical and proxy evidence of its potential to reduce reoffending:
The statistics above show significant improvements in regard to factors contributing to reoffending.
There is widespread empirical evidence worldwide of individual offenders who, upon completing Prison Program, have been able to turn their back on their previous life of drugs and crime. Some offenders have developed to become Prison Program trainers themselves.
If a person takes this course to heart, there is no need or point to reoffend. It is the best course I have done in prison without a doubt...the only course I have completed that really has the power to change.
- IAHV PRISON PROGRAM PARTICIPANT
recidivism rate for our grads at Indianapolis Reentry Education Facility (IREF) 2009-2014
This is 61% less than the state average of 37.9% and 50+% lower than most cities nationwide. Results suggest IAHV Prison Program, along with the IREF program, is strongly associated with lower recidivism rates.
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MEDICAL SUMMARIES OF SUDARSHAN KRIYA
SKY Meditation uses cyclical, rhythmic patterns of breath to easily bring the mind and body into a state of meditation. Its effects have been studied in open and randomized trials, both in healthy populations and in populations with psychopathology.
Research suggests that SKY may reduce depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress 2,5,6,7,11,13 and addictive behaviors 4,12. It significantly increases feelings of well-being, optimism and mental focus 1,3 and improves emotion regulation 8,15. In addition, SKY is associated with enhanced antioxidant status and immune system function 4,8,9,10,16.
SKY has even been shown to positively impact rapid gene expression alterations 14 suggesting that the effects of SKY Meditation span all levels of the physiology from the DNA within our molecules to organ systems. Viewed together, research suggests that SKY meditation may strengthen both mind and body.
Stress Management for Law Enforcement Pilot Study – 06/03 Paradigm Consulting Group of Tulsa, Inc. ~ www.paradigmtulsa.orgEXECUTIVE SUMMARY In an effort to identify effective tools to combat stress, Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey decided to pilot the International Association for Human Values (IAHV)/ Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) Stress Management workshop with a cross section of MPD staff. This workshop has been presented in a wide variety of public and corporate settings around the world, and to police departments in Europe and Asia as a stress management/stress prevention tool. The current Washington, D.C., program was the first formal pilot program presented to police officers in the U.S.A. The class was held at the department’s training facility from June 2, 2003 – June 5, 2003. Individuals selected for participation in the program were generally referred by supervisors based upon a perceived difficulty in dealing with personal or professional stress. Several participants were on restricted duty and/or anti-depressant medication, and a number of participants also appeared to demonstrate symptoms of grief and/or post-traumatic stress (due to a recent/pending divorce or the death of a loved one). The remaining participants believed they were sent to the program because their supervisor was either unable or unwilling to attend. Attendees included patrol officers (8), sergeants (6), lieutenants (6), civilian employees (7), and eight (8) individuals who did not identify rank. The program was designed to teach concepts and practical techniques for reducing perceived stress levels and enhancing individual coping skills. Course content included a series of educational presentations designed to help individuals recognize and re-frame potentially stressful events, to make healthy lifestyle choices, and to increase commitment and focus in daily activity. It also included simple stretching (yoga) and meditation exercises, and the use of specific breathing techniques (Sudarshan Kriya and accompanying breathing practices) to reduce and prevent stress, increase lung capacity and deepen breathing, boost energy levels, increase concentration and mental clarity, and promote relaxation. Paradigm Consulting Group of Tulsa, OK was contacted by the Art of Living Foundation to provide outside process and qualitative evaluation services, technical assistance in selecting and implementing pre-post measures of effectiveness, and to prepare a written report (Executive Summary). Data analyses indicates the program was well received and successful in reducing the levels of stress and depression among this population. Results demonstrated statistically significant improvements on all selected measures. These included: * Significant reductions in perceived stress levels (as measured by the Index of Clinical Stress). * Significant reductions in depression (as measured by the State-Trait Depression Inventory). * Significant improvement in the ability to fall and remain asleep, and to feel refreshed upon awakening (as measured by self-report surveys). * Significant improvement in digestion (as measured by self-report surveys). (Individuals were surveyed on quality and quantity of sleep as well as digestive disturbances, as these are common physical indicators of stress in police personnel.) Participants also reported (via satisfaction survey results and participant comments) enhanced feelings of well-being, improved focus, and an expectation that they would be better able to deal with daily stress once returning to their regular duties. Stress has been shown to contribute to higher rates of illness and absenteeism among police personnel, which in turn increases both the work load of other employees and labor costs. It also contributes to depression, anxiety, and diminished concentration and reaction time. Results from this Stress/Self Management pilot program suggest that it has the potential to become a valuable tool for addressing such stress related problems (including stress related illness and stress leave time) within the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Effectiveness Study IAHV Prison Courses in Taiwan Feb. éˆ¥ï¿½ Nov. 2005 No. of Inmates in Survey: 604 | Summary of Research Table:
|Parameters||A: Much Better||B: Better||A+B||C: No Change||D: No Comment||Grand Total|
|Quality of Sleeping||138 (23%)||363(60%)||501(83%)||69(11%)||34(6%)||604 (100%)|
|Clarity in mind||172(28%)||355(59%)||527(87%)||38(7%)||39(6%)||604 (100%)|
|Physical Strength||168(28%)||331(55%)||499(83%)||67(11%)||37(6%)||603 (100%)*|
|Emotional Stability Calmer_Mind||195(32%)||326(54%)||521(86%)||49(8%)||34(6%)||604 (100%)|
|Health Status||144(24%)||342(56%)||486(81%)||60(10%)||57(10%)||603 (100%)*|
|Parameters||A: Much Less||B: Less||A+B||C: No Change||D: NO Comment||Grand Total|
|Emotion of Anger||211(35%)||306(51%)||517(86%)||25(4%)||62(10%)||604 (100%)|
|Emotion of Fear||196(32%)||295(49%)||491(81%)||37(6%)||76(13%)||604 (100%)|