California State Prison, Solano helps calm inmates through yoga

California State Prison, Solano (SOL) is in its third year of offering yoga to inmates.

Kim Young, SOL associate warden of the prison, told the Daily Republic newspaper that when she broached the subject to other prison officials about having yoga classes, “they thought I’d lost my mind.”

The program, along with several others, was introduced in an effort to “think outside the box” during the budget crisis, she said.

The program is successful in part to the voluntary help of Zack Pasillas, co-founder of the Yoga Seed Collective in Sacramento.

The aim of the yoga classes is to reduce the stress of incarceration. Yoga is offered at other CDCR institutions, including Folsom State Prison.

An Oxford University study suggested that yoga can improve the behavior of inmates.

“Prisoners after a 10-week yoga course reported improved mood, reduced stress and were better at a task related to behavior control than those who continued in their normal prison routine,” according to an article by Oxford.

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Inmates practice yoga at the California State Prison, Solano



6 Responses

  1. Del Thursday, March 13, 2014 / 5:56 pm

    I also agree to the yoga for employees.

  2. Mark Morgenstern Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 10:05 pm

    I have been practicing for 35 years.

    Yoga has helped improve my body, mind and soul!

  3. l. sanchez Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 7:22 pm

    Namaste for yoga in its multifacet benefits.

  4. Douglas Hickernell Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    Yoga improves, strength, balance, coordination. It also improves cardiovascular endurance, as well as, calming your mind and body. As part of any integral routine, most people find it silly and somewhat difficult but, it is one of the ‘best’ things you can do.

  5. Virginia Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    If a 10-week course helped inmates improve in mood and reduce stress, imagine how much it would benefit employees.

    • Valerie Love Wednesday, March 5, 2014 / 6:06 pm

      I strongly agree, Virginia!

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