For many people, serving time in prison can lead to moving and inspirational stories. While it comes with a great loss of freedom, it also allows people to come to terms with the crimes they've committed and develop into happy, functioning adults. But one story, published in The Journal, highlights an especially stunning account of a group of boys in a youth detention centre who found inner peace thanks to yoga.
The Comprehensive Teenager Diagnostics Community in Mexico City holds nearly 220 detainees, giving them the opportunity to learn skills for when they are released. These boys can take classes in music, carpentry and cooking – as well as yoga. The yoga course is led by 38-year-old Fredy Alan Diaz Arista, who was once a drug dealer. He leads the young men through gentle postures and breathing exercises, helping them relax, think clearly and deal with the onslaught of emotions that come with being locked up.
This is just one of the many inspirational stories for teens that involve yoga. That's because the ancient technique has a wide variety of physical, mental and emotional health benefits for people of all ages – and for adolescents in particular. It can strengthen the muscles and bones, promote good posture and improve balance, all of which are essential for a growing body.