At its core, Dahn Yoga helps practitioners develop confidence and integrity through self-awareness. Selfhood is important, and working on bettering the self can have positive consequences for the mind and the body, but also emphasizes the inseparable connection between the individual and the collective group.
Perhaps this is why some prison programs are utilizing yoga as a method of pacification, reflection and healing behind bars.
Giving inmates time to reflect on their lives and to pursue spiritual fulfillment may help keep the penitentiary environment a tranquil one. It may even reduce jail time by keeping prisoners occupied and content, Fox News Orlando reports.
Several studies have shown that yoga can improve behavior in a prison population. A 2005 report published in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion found that inmates who practiced yoga had a more positive outlook and felt more connection and compassion for others.
A similar study conducted the same year and appearing in the Contemporary Justice Review determined that yoga and meditation helped prisoners find a sense of truth and meaningfulness that they did not possess before.
This sort of mental exploration is the goal of Dahn Yoga, a system which promotes mental healing as much as physical health.