In the Indian state of Madya Pradesh an inmate can get released form jail early if they actively participate in yoga practice. The inmates receive a two week sentence reduction for every three months of yoga practice.
The authorities say that practicing posture, balance, and breathing will help improve the inmate’s control and reduce their anger. Once inmate, now instructor Narayan Sharma – stated it helps to eliminate 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.”
Around 4000 inmates around the state are benefiting from this program. Perhaps one day it will catch on in other countries and create a beautiful change for those within the systems.