Welcome to the Prison Yoga Project Podcast! In this episode, we have a very special guest, Josefin Wikstrom, the Program Director and Training Coordinator for Prison Yoga Project, Europe.

For over 16 years, Josefin has been at the forefront of introducing yoga and dance into Swedish prisons, focusing on trauma-exposed populations. Now, she’s taking her expertise to the next level by leading clinical research studies with incarcerated individuals in special psychiatric care facilities, and recently expanding her work to the United States.

Join us as we delve into the world of complementary therapeutic care for forensic psychiatry patients and therapists. We’ll explore the real-life experiences of facilitation, sequencing, and space holding as Josefin shares her insights on working with individuals suffering from severe PTSD, dissociation, schizophrenia, and psychosis.

With her extensive training in trauma-informed yoga therapy and mental health, Josefin brings a wealth of knowledge to this conversation. She’s been instrumental in developing evidence-based programs like the Swedish Krimyoga program, and she’s currently creating trauma-informed yoga initiatives for Swedish forensic psychiatry units, the Juvenile justice system, and stress-reducing programs for children in schools.

This podcast episode promises to be educational, warm, and thought-provoking. Gain valuable insights into the powerful impact of yoga as a complementary therapeutic tool in correctional settings and beyond.

To learn more about the research mentioned in this episode, check out the links below. Research links: