Marcobama Thomas 
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Re: “Richmond City Jail Abruptly Ends Its Much-Praised Yoga Program

I'm a former inmate of the Richmond City Jail and I was really disturbed when I saw this article. Robbie and his program did more than just help me be patient and calm in a very hostile environment, it gave me confidence as well as physical and spiritual wellness. I use to continue my self practice daily and even took it with me when I was transferred to D.O.C. and throughout my release. It help with my health while incarcerated, I went from three blood pressure medicine and a antidepressant, to two lower doses and no Zoloft by the time I was released. Robbie still checks on me to make sure I'm doing well and encourages me to continue my practice. If that's wrong then, we have bigger problems then him passing out a flyer. I was in a faith base recovery program as well, the BELIEF program and it was a combination of both that helped me;however, yoga gave me the discipline to breathe through those stressful times when remembering 12 steps wasn't enough. I am now a sociology major at Virginia State University and I did my final paper on the privatized "for profit" prison system, and while I'm not going to make speculations, I will say, it's not beneficial to the system to provide programs that equipped prisoners with the tools to escape institutionalize mindsets and yoga does just that. It provides a sense of conferences, self worth, oneness, peace, unity with self and the environment, connection with a universe that's greater than yourself and a connection with a Power great enough to keep you from the behaviors that causes recidivism. I credit my change to my connection with God; however, yoga gave me the focus I needed to read my Bible and study, in the middle of a hostile environment call jail! Bless you for you passion and dedication to us Robbie and my God will reward you for your sacrifice and open the door that man has tried to close.

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Posted by Marcobama Thomas on 12/05/2015 at 8:42 AM

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