From the series Uncuffed, for KALW:
Gordon Melvin, a Canadian imprisoned in California, learned how to do yoga by watching TV. Soon, he was leading classes on the yard.
Melvin was attracted to a life of dope and drink. He was violent with others, and himself. He started watching Priscilla Patrick, the yoga guru on PBS. You’d think that would help, but he was violent with yoga too, practicing it in a violent manner in his cell.
We talked about how he turned away from violence to become a yoga teacher.
To read more, and to listen to the radio recording, click here.