Grace Behind Bars: Yoga Elevates Prison Life

Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif.. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.

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An inmate at a California state prison practices yoga.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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Photographer Robert Sturman visited two California state prisons in 2012 to document a curious phenomenon -- inmates practicing yoga. This photo gallery shows inmates in San Quentin and Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. Sturman was asked to capture the images as part of the prisonyoga.com project. The 43-year-old Santa Monica resident, himself a yoga devotee, was drawn to the project because of the therapeutic value of yoga in prisons. "I wanted the photos to show something extremely positive happening in our prison system," he said.
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