No Access to Work, Yoga Helps Female Inmates Stay Calm

With a panic button a feet away and constant video surveillance, yoga instructor Nancy Lumpkin walked amid seven barefoot women, all of them Deschutes County jail inmates, and led them through a range of positions.

“We call this ‘warrior pose,’” she said, as the women, some of them here for parole violations, some of them awaiting trial, reached their arms overhead. “It’s actually a pose of celebration, so let’s celebrate — big smiles. Breathe in. I want you to notice how you feel.”

And they felt good, as did jail administrators, who’ve seized on the ancient principles of mind and body control as a way to lower stress levels at the jail.

To read more of this article by Garrett Andrews for The Bulletin, click here.

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