Updated: May 26, 2020
Past the razor-wired fences, the pat-downs and metal detector, through locked doors operated by uniformed officers behind reinforced glass, McCormick Correctional Institution’s inmates balanced deftly on their yoga mats.
Angela Still calmly but quickly shifted her body from pose to pose — her words guiding the 15 inmates through adho mukha svanasana, the downward dog pose, into cobra poses and warrior stances.
Still is the founding director of Karuna Prison Yoga, an affiliate of the San Quentin-based Prison Yoga Project. Her goal is to bring the mindfulness and meditative exercise of yoga to inmates, as a way to offer them rehabilitation and coping skills.