- Associated Press - Thursday, July 3, 2014

The streets of one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods might seem an unlikely site for a yoga class. But nonprofit group I Grow Chicago is offering the class in hopes that slow movements, deep breathing and meditative focus will help people turn away from violence as a go-to solution to conflicts.

The students “live in an environment where everything’s rushed, everything’s pressured. So if you breathe through certain things, you are able to see clearer. You really are,” says Tameka Lawson, the group’s executive director. “Then they can act rather than react.”

Here’s a gallery of images from one of I Grow Chicago’s recent classes in Englewood.


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