Chicago yoga studio

From prison to owning a yoga studio

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well the first time I experienced Jill

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God was incarcerated it was towards the

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end of my sentence I had been convicted

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and sentenced to 38 years just shy of my

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18th birthday there was an altercation

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where I stride and killed a guy and so

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that’s what started the path of you know

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me becoming aware of Who I am and what

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my place is in this world you know I had

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a joke that you know if yoga was a woman

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I would have married her you know so the

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breathing and the stretching was it was

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your fork there’s an intimacy there is a

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a physical there is a emotional and

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mental the first class was one of the

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better decisions that I had made for my

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body in a very long time so when I was

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released from prison a lot of what I

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planned didn’t go according to how I set

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it up she’s looking for jobs there was

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there was a lot of nose you know it

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seems that in a number of ways society

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works against those that are coming out

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of prison more than working with them

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and so the banner of a second chance is

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not a true second chance but again the

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practice of yoga helped me to settle and

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to just not get frustrated and apply

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some negative action towards it

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so I wanted to come back to the

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community and provide for the young

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people and for my peers a sense of hope

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we’re not trying to reinvent the wheel

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more than we are trying to enhance a lot

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of the great things that people are

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doing I feel like this is almost

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fairytale you know Here I am this little

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knucklehead kid running through the

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neighborhoods and Here I am now I’m a

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business owner I’m a family man I’m

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responsible in my community I’m a mentor

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the things that I do and the things that

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I’m a part of you know more than just

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being positive it has to have a powerful

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impact that’s all I can do is put

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forward the best meat

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you

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