As police try to combat the problem of juveniles committing carjackings, robberies and other serious crimes, the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services is approaching it in a different way.
The DJS is teaching yoga to young men detained at juvenile facilities.
Oba Joyner is one of the instructors.
“Movements, meditation and breathing, just dealing with trauma, the things that may occur in the city. Yoga isn’t anything you just practice on a mat. You live the practice of yoga,” Joyner said.
Since March, yoga and mindfulness training have been used at the Baltimore Juvenile Justice Center with children charged as adults, who on average stay 180 days.