The other day, we shared a video of a practitioner who introduced mindfulness to female prisoners (if you missed it, you can check it out here).
We received a lot of thoughtful comments, and found out that even among our readers, there are practitioners introducing mindfulness in prisons. Since so many people were interested, we thought we’d share another real-life story, this time from the prisoner’s point of view as well as the instructor’s.
San Quentin may be California’s oldest correctional facility, but in some ways, you might say it’s one of the most progressive.
About ten years ago, they brought in yoga instructor James Fox to teach a class for the inmates.
We had the opportunity to interview James and one of the inmates, Leonard Rubio, who was in his yoga class, to find out what benefits they saw from this program.
Check out the video to see how the program was received by the people at the prison, and how it changed their lives.
By showing prisoners how to apply mindfulness, they may be less likely to commit crimes in the future. With this hope, James has worked with youth in juvenile halls as well as adults in prisons.
Imagine what our crime rate would be like if more people practiced mindfulness. By having more programs like this in prisons, we might be able to help prepare prisoners for integration back into society, and make them less likely to commit crimes in the future.
How do you use mindfulness? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.