South Africa’s Prison Freedom Project Teaches Yoga to Inmates

I teared up a little while watching this….

This comes from an article on Take Part:

“Since 2010, the Prison Freedom Project has introduced yoga classes in prisons all over South Africa, a country that has the third-highest ratio of prisoners to population in the world……Implementing yoga is an effort to limit recidivism rates by helping students manage personal stress and enter into a community built on a principle of peace. It’s an effort to subvert the reputation of prisons as places of violence and shame.”

For more, here’s a TEDtalk by Prison Freedom Project teacher Brian Bergman about his work at a maximum-security prison in Cape Town.

It’s enough to give even the most hard-hearted a little bit of hope, no?