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Parinaama Prison Project

By Adriana Tapia

Aformer international journalist and war correspondent turned psychologist, an Anglo-Argentine psychologist with a nyphen specialization in addictions, and bereavement therapy, Ann Moxey suffered from chronic stress and related problems for many years.  She discovered solace in the ancient discipline of yoga, in which she was certified in the USA. She became the first Anusara teacher to become a Certified Anusara instructor in Latin America.

Ann is the director of the Parinaama Prison Project, which is an entirely voluntary effort taking yoga behind bars. It began operating in 2003 in the women’s and men’s prisons in Atlacholoaya, Morelos.

The Parinaama Prison Project (Fundación Parinaama) is an effort by yoga teachers of several different traditions, mostly from Mexico City, Cuautla, Cuernavaca, and surrounding areas (in Morelos), which is dedicated to taking  Hatha Yoga, meditation, Pranayama—body, mind, and stress management tools— behind Mexican prison bars. It has survived without financing of any kind other than the odd donation for the last eleven years.

The Parinaama Prison Project proposes replacing the present War against Drugs with drug prevention programs. Parinaama is concentrating its efforts on prevention—offering free public classes in parks in Cuernavaca, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires— and on teacher training (Parinaama yoga 200 hours, training in stress management and Yoga for addictions/prevention). Fundacion Parinaama boasts the first yoga teacher training program ever given inside a prison. Some of those who have been able to survive at an economic level on the outside, giving yoga classes, usually in difficult underpriviledged inner city districts, continue training with Ann Moxey and are entirely funded.

The efforts in 2015 will be geared towards offering the entire Parinaama yoga teacher training in Mexico City (Samadhi Yoga) and introduction to Parinaama yoga in Lima, Peru, as well as continuing with level two of the training in Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 2014, levels one and two were completed in centro Kiai, Mexico City and level three was offered in Sukhi Kutir, Morelos, along with a meditation retreat which is a requisite for the program. Complementary workshops were offered elsewhere, including “Food, Love and Yoga” in Mexico City. Next Thursday October 16, will be in San Miguel de Allende.

In a Mexico submerged in the use of drugs and the resulting violence, fear, and anxiety, the intention is to heighten awareness regarding attachments in general and raise the level of teaching among yoga practitioners and teachers.

Programs recorded for Channel Three, the state government’s television station, on stress management with Parinaama yoga taught by Ann Moxey, are freely available on

Ann Moxey will visit San Miguel and share her experience by combining tools in Gestalt therapy, nutrition, detox, asanas (yoga postures), breath work, and meditation, teaching three workshops of yoga on October 15, 16, 17, and 18 in Hotel Casa Bonita. Wednesday 15: “Surfing the Wave,” Thursday 16: “Love, Food and Yoga,” Friday 17 and Saturday 18: The Myth of “Shiva Nataraja.”

Contact: Tulip Macouzet 415 113 97 63 Adriana Tapia 415 105 58 33


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