by John Crave for WFMZ News, March 12, 2012
“Inhale,” said instructor Gary Warren. “Arms up.”
At first glance, it looks like just another yoga class.
“It’s very, very soothing,” said student Dave Senick.
Except this class is behind bars, and all the students are inmates. For Charlie Stimmell, it’s a place he’s known too well.
“I struggled with heroin addiction for a long time,” he said. “I’ve been here pretty frequently over the past six years, so I could say I’ve become accustomed to living here.”
Stimmell and Senick are two of 64 inmates in the Northampton Co. Prison’s therapeutic unit, which offers intensive rehab and counseling programs, mainly for those with drug and alcohol problems. They are all taught, for free, by volunteers like Warren.
“I don’t get paid for this,” said Warren. “It’s not a job in any way.”