Yoga improves the mood and mental wellbeing of prisoners, say psychologists who report that after a ten-week yoga course, the convicts reported improved mood, reduced stress and were better at a task related to behavior control than those who continued in their normal prison routine. The work was inspired by the Prison Phoenix Trust, an Oxford-based charity that offers yoga classes in prisons. They approached Oxford University psychologists about conducting the study to assess the benefits. The study was designed, analyzed and published independently of the Trust Oxford psychologists, along with colleagues from King’s College London, the University of Surrey and Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. Continue reading >> Science 2.0 Journal of Psychiatric Research.