My question in life has always been how do I make the world a better place. Aristotle once said, “Where your talents and the needs of the world cross, lies your calling.” Where do my skills cross with the needs of others? I am skilled at teaching yoga due to my certifications listed on my resume and it is a widely accepted belief that society needs less crime. It is safe to say that people that are in prison, usually deserve to be in prison. However, our justice system is not perfect. Just like anything else in life, the way our society deals with crime is not perfect. It is a complicated issue but there is a valid argument that some people that are imprisoned are either innocent of the crime that they are currently serving time for, cured of whatever negative personality trait that led them to do the crime, or still very young in age. It is also a true statement that most people that are locked up will someday be free and once again be a part of society. Even some of the most frightening criminals have sentences that are less than life in prison. So how can I help make prisons and the people coming out of them safer?
Certain behavior modifications can be made to maximize the beneficial potential that every human has. To begin to answer questions on how yoga can help prisoners continue life without crime is to first understand what yoga can do for people. It is well documented throughout history that the practice of any daily exercise routine is beneficial to physical, mental, and emotional health. It is also beneficial to whatever an individual considers as spiritual health. Hatha yoga, along with several different types of yoga, have been proven to lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, weight, and waist lines. It has also been proven to increase flexibility, strength, balance, and endurance of mind and body. Current studies have shown lower rates of incarceration, substance abuse, hostility, and depression with prisoners that have had practiced some type of yoga and meditation.
It would be an honor and a privilege to be considered for employment with this institution. I can assure whoever is reading this that within one year; you will see improvements in prisoner behavior, attitudes, and well-being. You will see less stress with the faculty because they won’t be dealing with the level of violence that they have grown accustomed to. The only way to see these type of results is to give me a chance.
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Ben Frederick M.D.