Study: Yoga helps prisoners with mental health issues, could save money

We’ve pointed you in Robbie Norris’ direction a few times. He teaches yoga to prisoners in Richmond, Va.

Now there’s even more science to back up all the great work Robbie is doing.

A study by researchers at Oxford University have completed a 10-week trial on prisoners that discovered a variety of benefits. Per the BBC:

Inmates from West Midlands’ category B and C prisons, a women’s prison and a young offender institution took part.

The team from Oxford University’s Departments of Experimental Psychology and Psychiatry measured their mood, stress, impulsivity and mental wellbeing compared to other prisoners.

Dr Bilderbeck said: ‘We found that the group that did the yoga course showed an improvement in positive mood, a decrease in stress and greater accuracy in a computer test of impulsivity and attention.

“Offering yoga sessions in prisons is cheap, much cheaper than other mental health interventions. If it has any effect on addressing mental health problems in prisons, it could save significant amounts of public money.”

The trial was run by the Prison Phoenix Trust charity.

No word on whether there is a lawsuit in the works about forcing religion on those prisoners.

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