Mental Health Alternatives in Prison

from Mental Health and World Issues, June 8, 2012


Many organizations throughout the United States have started training yoga instructors to teach inmates the fundamentals of overcoming past trauma through simple breathing, stretching and meditating exercises.  Looking at one non-profit’s vision, the founder of the Prison Yoga Project at the San Quentin State Prison in California, James Fox states that the prisoners, “…didn’t get proper guidance when they were in adolescence, never dealt with core social and emotional issues of that age-they rebelled instead, or got locked up at an early age.” For these prisoners, the practice of yoga is a means to develop positive outlets for stress and to ease the transition of returning to normal life.

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