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Indian Inmates Take Yoga Classes To Reduce Jail Time

First Posted: 03/23/2010 6:12 am EDT Updated: 05/25/2011 4:15 pm EDT

In Indian prisons, the lotus position can truly help set you free.

According to the BBC, inmates in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh are being freed early if they complete courses in yoga. The deal is as follows: for every 3 months a prisoner spends practicing yoga, he or she will cut their jail time by 15 days.

A state inspector general of prisons tells AFP: "Yoga is good for maintaining fitness, calming the behaviour, controlling anger and reducing stress."

According to the Telegraph, one prisoner reported that his anger had subsided since taking up the practice, and that he plan to become a yoga teacher. After, that is, he's released.

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