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Yoga has myr­iad ben­e­fits for many, and es­pe­cially, it turns out, for those be­hind bars. A study pub­lished in Foren­sic Psy­chi­a­try set out to dis­cover how phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity af­fected 152 pris­on­ers, where half did weekly 90-minute yoga ses­sions for 10 weeks, while the rest took other weekly classes. While men­tal health in both groups im­proved, with fewer symp­toms of de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and hos­til­ity, those who did yoga saw ex­tra ben­e­fits: im­proved con­cen­tra­tion; less ob­ses­sive and de­struc­tive thoughts; less dif­fi­culty mak­ing de­ci­sions; and less fear of los­ing their au­ton­omy, among oth­ers.

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