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Yoga May Help Fathers In Jail Become Better Dads

First Posted: Oct 15, 2015 06:16 PM EDT

Researchers at Washington State University discovered that yoga could help some fathers in jail become better parents.

The study findings showed that inmates demonstrated being more aware and accepting of their vulnerability and responsiveness to children, including some other benefits, according to researchers.

In this recent study, researchers examined 14 different groups of male inmates at Chelan County Regional Jail in Wenatchee over a span of three years. The program, "Fit Fathers, Successful Families, Inside and Out" was advertised among the jail population and volunteers, who had to be parents of young children and pass a security screening, were recruited. The goal was to help prevent child abuse and reduce recidivism by improving parents' resilience.

"Yoga can be physically demanding, and the initial responses we got from the participants confirmed that," said WSU Extension educator Jennifer Crawford, in a news release. "I believe the yoga practice helped participants become ready to learn and increased their willingness to try new ideas, absorb new information and begin to apply these in their lives."

"Yoga can be physically demanding, and the initial responses we got from the participants confirmed that," Crawford added. "I believe the yoga practice helped participants become ready to learn and increased their willingness to try new ideas, absorb new information and begin to apply these in their lives."

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