Prison officer thanks groups for teaching inmates yoga


A PRISON officer has thanked the yoga groups that taught juvenile inmates yoga exercises at Bomana jail outside Port Moresby.
Sergeant Major Hannington Yaya said the exercises had really changed the attitude of the inmates who were now more relaxed mentally and physically.
“The programme has moulded them in the way they react and the way they communicate and how to build trust with each other,” Yaya said.
“Such programmes make them feel at home when they can mingle and converse with the visiting groups like walk for life, yoga and kick boxing.
“Yoga is not just a physical exercise but it also helps to relax the mindsets from any down feelings within themselves.
“It opens their minds and souls and lifts their self-esteem.”
He said prison officers had also noticed many improvements in the way the inmates talked and interacted.
“Some of the boys have the officers’ trust and we hope they continue with the good work until they are released and become good ambassadors and citizens of the country and cease from committing another offence,” Yaya said.

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