New research at the University of Leicester is examining the potential of yoga to benefit prisoners and staff - by helping them get in touch with their spiritual side.

Former probation officer Rose Parkes is assessing the role of yoga in prisons as part of her PhD at the University of Leicester Department of Criminology. She will make a presentation about her research on December 8.

In her research Rose, who is a British Wheel of Yoga teacher, discusses the way in which spiritual activities can empower and motivate prisoners to survive their incarceration.

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