11/17/2011 03:38 pm ET Updated Nov 18, 2011

Yoga Helps Mexican Inmates Find Peace, Curbs Violence

At one Mexico City juvenile detention center, inmates are finding inner peace through an unlikely practice in a jail cell: yoga.

Prison wardens report a drop in instances of violence within the detention center since the yoga program began, BBC reports.

The yoga program, taught by Fredy Diaz, is intended to curb aggression and teach self-control to the young, male inmates.

Diaz picked up yoga when he was behind bars for six years on charges of marijuana trafficking, and tells the BBC the practice helped him to find balance.

"Yoga was, for me...a door through which I felt free, even though I wasn't physically free. It helped me to feel at peace with myself -- to accept myself," he says.