Apparently that is just the case in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, where practicing yoga will cut down an inmate’s sentence 15 days for every 3 months they attempt the down dog (not sure if it’s required every day).
According to authorities the practice helps “to improve the prisoners’ self-control and reduce aggression.” Which we can only assume then helps the overall state of mind, not to mention mind/body connection (we know all about it, we’re yogadorks). Reportedly close to 4,000 inmates across the state have joined in on the new program! Hopefully this is good news and the inmates will continue with yoga outside the clink.
An inmate at Gwalior central jail, Narayan Sharma – who has now moved on to become an instructor – says it helps to banish the “angry thoughts” in his mind.
“It was these thoughts that made me commit crimes,” he said.
“I hope that after we are released, we can use what we have learned and promote yoga in society so that people no longer commit crime.”
Some are even turning instructors. We’re optimistic!
Watch the video on the BBC link, the it’s pretty mesmerizing. Would this work in the US? ps. they also get reduction points for literacy classes and studying for degrees. and we won’t know for sure the severity of the crimes involved.