I just read an interesting article at BBC News (there’s a video, too) about an innovative program running in a prison in the Indian province of Madhya Pradesh: by completing yoga courses, inmates earn reduced jail time. The goal? To reduce prisoners’ levels of aggression and improve self-control.
One of the prisoners interviewed, who has gone on to become a yoga instructor, claims that yoga helps him "banish the ‘angry thoughts’ in his mind"’the thoughts that caused him to commit crimes.
What do you think? Could a program like this work in Canada? Do you believe that a regular yoga practice can help criminals reform their behaviour?