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Yoga benefits prisoners

By Robin Loving Rowland and María Elena Padilla

Most prisoners suffer from complex trauma, chronic interpersonal trauma experienced early in life such as abandonment, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, discrimination, drug and alcohol abuse, and witnessing crime – including murder. This is called original pain.

Rotary Club Presentation
Yoga Benefits Prisoners
Tue, Jul 15, 12:30pm
Hotel Misión el Molino
Salida de Querétaro 1

These experiences, imprinted by the terrifying emotions that accompany them, are held deeply in the mind, with the effects of tendencies toward drug and alcohol addiction as well as violence.

Since 2010, many local prisoners have been introduced to the benefits of yoga by Anabel Cardenas Dugal, who will speak on the results of the program at Rotary Tuesday, July 15, at 12:30 p.m. at Hotel Mision el Molino, Salida de Queretaro 1.

“This program was made possible because of the generosity of the San Miguel community,” said Dugal, who moved to San Miguel to teach dance at Bellas Artes in 1992. After years of that, she began teaching yoga, including in the local prison.

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