Yoga helps turn around prison inmates

Photo: inmates seated in meditation on bunks
Photo courtesy of the movie Dharma Brothers.

Yoga and meditation can play a major role in turning around prison inmates. Illinois is just one state that has taken this approach or allowed volunteer organizations to support it. Yoga for prison inmates is no longer a stretch (CorrectionsOne.com, originally in the Chicago Tribune):

Yoga and meditation sessions have been a mainstay in the women’s jail for six years, since a group of volunteers from a local nonprofit that encourages yoga as an element of rehabilitation started showing up, mats in tow, and leading classes for all female inmates, said Alisa Kannett, an administrator with the nonprofit Yoga for Recovery. For years correctional facilities across Illinois and the country have been implementing yoga workshops and programs, sometimes at the urging of inmates, and the trend is growing, said Gabriella Savelli, director of Prison S.M.A.R.T. The group has helped implement yoga programs at 36 correctional facilities in 21 states, including at a men’s boot camp in Cook County and Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

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