When you think of yoga you probably think of a peaceful, tranquil, place. However this yoga class takes place behind bars.
Welcome to the Deschutes County Jail yoga program.
Inmates already have access to other programs with a focus on drug and alcohol treatment and religion but jail officials identified anxiety as one of the top stressors for inmates. They thought yoga could be part of the solution.
Today was only the program’s second class but it seems to already be making an impact on those who are taking it, according to some inmates.
Due to safety concerns and the fact that both yoga instructors are female the class is currently only currently offered to female inmates. However there are plans to bring in male instructors in order to expand the program.
The program is completely free. Local yoga instructor, including instructor Nancy Lumpkin who normally teaches at Namaspa volunteer one morning a week to teach a practice to inmates.