Yoga as complementary care in correctional facilities


Yoga practice in Swedish correctional facilities started in 2002. It became recognized as a national assignment in 2008 and was named “Krimyoga”.

In 2017 (reference) we published the first results showing that regular yoga practice is associated with

  • increased impulse control 
  • sustained attention,
  • and decreased antisocial behaviour in inmates

In 2018 (reference) we published evidence that those inmates who participate in yoga classes have a significantly and specifically improved mental health.


And in 2019 (reference) we could publish the third piece of the analyses.

This study is the first to provide evidence of the positive effects of regular yoga exercise on the inmates’ personality dimensions. More specifically their character maturity.

This could be measured by increased level of self-acceptance, purposefulness, and sense of responsibility, which are qualities that

  • promote a more peaceful and safer environment in the correctional settings,
  • but also, can provide a foundation for the development of a prosocial lifestyle upon release.