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Could yoga stop children doing a stretch in prison?

Academic urges schools to use mindfulness to help pupils with troubled home lives

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Yoga might seem an incongruous pastime for a tattooed biker doing a long stretch for murder. Its impact on hardened criminals, however, has persuaded a Scottish academic that this practice rooted in Eastern spirituality – and related to techniques such as mindfulness – could be critical in steering school pupils away from paths that lead to prison and wasted lives.

Ross Deuchar, a criminologist who has explored gang culture at home and around the world, believes yoga, spirituality and meditation have helped prison inmates move on from violent pasts linked to traumatic childhoods.

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