Finding Your Center, Behind Bars

prison yoga

This week The New York Times published an article about the increase of yoga in prisons, citing it as a low cost way to help inmates cope with the stresses of prison life and an opportunity for them to reflect on their crimes.

The Prison Yoga Project talks about the deep healing they’ve witnessed.

Thanks to yoga, prisoners begin to reconnect more deeply with themselves and others. Where love is so sorely lacking, the transformation is profound.

That last line really got to me. I do not even pretend to be able to imagine what it’s like. But I do know that yoga has brought me love when I’ve felt it lacking in myself. And I am moved to see it somewhere where love is so sorely lacking.

This image was taken from the NYT slideshow found here.