Against the Grain

Contemplating Incarceration

What happens when meditation and yoga are taught behind bars? Are the imprisoned student-practitioners prodded to view their suffering as generated solely by their thoughts and actions, or do the classes foster an awareness of the structural and systemic factors that contributed to their incarceration? Farah Godrej taught yoga and meditation in prison and interviewed both fellow instructors and formerly incarcerated practitioners.

Farah Godrej, Freedom Inside? Yoga and Meditation in the Carceral State Oxford University Press, 2022

Playlist

ArtistSongAlbumLabel
BiggabushIlu Baje (Sick State)Biggabush Presents Lightning Head: 13 Faces of Lightning HeadMERLIN - Tru Thoughts
Dhamaal SoundsystemR/evolutionDhamaal SoundsystemDhamaal SF - Surya Vault Records
Lyn CollinsThink (About It)Alle 40 Goed: SoulParlophone Belgium
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