India inmates take yoga to reduce their jail sentences
Many successful inmates go on to become yoga instructors
Prisoners in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete yoga courses.
For every three months spent practising posture, balance and breathing the inmates can cut their jail time by 15 days.
The authorities say the lessons help to improve the prisoners’ self-control and reduce aggression.
Some 4,000 inmates across the state are benefiting from the scheme, and many go on to become yoga instructors.
The state’s inspector general of prisons, Sanjay Mane, said: “Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress.
“When a prisoner attends yoga sessions and fulfils some other conditions, he will be considered for a remission if his jail superintendent recommends his case.”
Prisoners can also gain credit for attending adult literacy courses or studying for degrees.
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.”
Notice the last statement – think it’s true? I’m sure God does not agree. Yoga is the practice of the Hindu and Buddhist religions. It is not exercise, or something to make a person feel better or think nicer thoughts. It is practiced and sold as such, but there is a much deeper spiritual meaning. Isn’t there always? And by “spiritual”, Christianity is EXCLUDED!
Romans 12:1-2 – I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Not just for Indian jailhouses tho –
Now confined inside Orient Road Jail, they (female inmates) learn new techniques for coping with life’s difficulties. “We imprison ourselves with our stories and our histories,” Dumois-Sands adds. “So yoga and book discussion is about exploring different paths to who we are and possible paths of liberation.
How about Yoga for Incarcerated Youth?
Workshops are about teaching YOUTH who are at risk – we have hatha, vinyassa, bickram instructors as well as kundalini.
Would it be sarcastic to say that not only do parents need to be aware of what their kids are taught in school, but also in jail…?