“We would have a class on a specific topic, like child development or setting limits,” Crawford said. “That would last about an hour and then a yoga instructor would come in and give a guided yoga class.”
The results showed that inmates demonstrated being more aware and accepting of their vulnerability and responsiveness to children, among other benefits.
The program, called “Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out,” had a goal of preventing child abuse and reducing recidivism by improving parents’ resilience.
“Yoga can be physically demanding, and the initial responses we got from the participants confirmed that,” Crawford said. “I believe the yoga practice helped participants become ready to learn and increased their willingness to try new ideas, absorb new information and begin to apply these in their lives.”
The study is published in the California Journal of Health Promotion.