for rehabilitation of prisoners in South Africa


for rehabilitation of prisoners in South Africa




The Prison S.M.A.R.T objective is to make a life-transforming difference in the lives of all people within the criminal justice system, by teaching skills for reducing stress, healing trauma, and providing practical knowledge of how to handle one’s emotions, live to one’s highest potential and contribute to society. Since its inception inv South Africa in 2001, over 10,000 prisoners have experienced the benefits of the program. Globally, the program has been taught to 700,000 inmates.

“Inside every culprit, there is a victim crying for help. That person is also a victim of ignorance, small-mindedness and lack of awareness. It’s the stress, lack of broad vision about life, lack of understanding, and bad communication that leads to violence in society.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, IAHV Founder

Prison S.M.A.R.T aims to reduce offender recidivism and end the repeated cycle of violence and abuse. Without tools to process past trauma and present stresses, incarcerated individuals often cope with their negative emotions such as anger, guilt, mistrust, and frustration with unhealthy behaviors and attitudes- including violence, addiction, apathy or lethargy.

The program offers practical methods for participants to transform these negative emotions for true rehabilitation, and develop the core human values innate in all human beings, such as service to others, compassion and teaches essential life skills that enable individuals to accept responsibility for past actions and to handle future conflict and stressful situations successfully.

One of the most comprehensive breathing techniques

taught by IAHV is Sudarshan Kriya (SK). Sudarshan Kriya is understood

to use specific rhythms of breath to eliminate stress, support the

various organs and systems within the body, transform

overpowering emotions, and restore peace of mind.

Following is a summary of some key findings independently

investigated by modern medical science at hospitals and research

institutions. Independent research has shown

that Sudarshan Kriya and accompanying practices significantly:


Results showed a remarkable decline in the anger and aggression levels of offenders;
out of the 41 participants surveyed 20 were male and 21 were female.

Out of these:


Shared improvement in anger levels

said there was an improvement in clarity of mind

said their fears have come down

reported decrease in sadness and depression

observed the need for medication changed, while 29.3% saw no change

Reported increase in
energy levels with
only 2% seeing no change

felt lethargy levels were reduced

noted an improvement in sleeping quality



“When I joined the program, I was very stressed because I was away from my family, especially my children. I thought being in prison is the end for me. The program changed the way I felt and my thinking. I also sleep better because my mind is more relaxed and not stressed.”

“I found a tremendous breakthrough
in all my sessions and looking
forward to the next program.”

“The course has been very good and
encouraging. I feel relaxed in mind and
body. I have gained a lot from the exercises and my body feels strong and active mind and brain. This has also sharpened my thinking capacity. I am looking forward to ensure people from different backgrounds/ tribes go through this course as very beneficial to all. I give full thanks and appreciation to stake holders.”




Build a violence and stress free society

for you and your children.