Yoga for Lifers

February 23rd, 2014 by Dearbhla Kelly

Last December I visited a state prison in Northern California (Deuel Vocational Institute) and not only had the opportunity to teach yoga to inmates but also to talk with them afterward about their yoga practices. It was an incredibly profound and humbling experience. To a man they were articulate, eloquent and astute. In terms of their depth of understanding of the potency of yoga practice, it was way beyond what I read in most of the yoga blogs online these days. They were freedom yogis, practicing to find liberation behind bars. Imagine how confronting and challenging — and how meaningful and transformative — it would be to show up to your yoga mat every day if you were in jail for life.

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Photos by Robert Sturman.

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