Google “benefits of yoga” on the internet, and dozens of studies pop up. It helps people sleep better. It is a natural de-stressor. It calms the body and mind. These affects hold true, no matter who you are, including a prison inmate.
“We live in a high stress environment and we’re always on the lookout for something,” says Jamie Bachman, an inmate at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility. “Especially those couple hours a week you do yoga, you’re not in all that stressful environment.”
Bachman still has two years left to serve of her four-year sentence. She says yoga has already begun to change her.
“I don’t get angry as fast anymore,” says Bachman. “I just stop and I breathe and I say ‘is this worth it?”
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