In India, inmates stretch their way to freedom

Yoga program reduces prison sentences

The transformative powers of yoga are being tested at a prison in central India, where inmates are reducing their sentences by perfecting the downward dog. The innovative scheme, which currently involves 400 inmates at the Gwalior Jail in Madhya Pradesh in central India, rewards prisoners who complete a three-month yoga course with a 36-day reduction in sentence. According to authorities, yoga, which is in place in many Indian jails, has a positive effect on both inmates’ fitness and demeanor, making them less angry and agitated.

The Telegraph