Marshawn Feltus—a man sentenced to 38 years in state prison who now teaches yoga in jails, schools, and community centers in the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago—answers this question. Watch to hear his answer.
Marshawn Feltus was just 17 years old when he got into a street altercation in one of Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods and shot—and killed—another young man.
He was sentenced to 38 years in state prison and while incarcerated, he was talked into trying yoga. He reluctantly rolled out a bath towel (they didn’t have yoga mats) in an old chapel space, and within five minutes of that first practice, he was hooked.
Over time, he began teaching in prison. And after serving 18 years of his sentence, Feltus was released. He returned to Chicago with a new purpose: to bring the healing power of yoga to his community. He completed a local entrepreneurship program and a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Chicago Yoga Center. Then, he founded ACT Yoga—which stands for Awareness, Change, Triumph (an acronym he used in prison to encourage other inmates to enroll in the GED, college, and self-help programs).
Here’s what teaching yoga means to him. After you watch, tell us: Why do you teach yoga? Join the conversation by posting a picture or video to your Instagram and use #yjconversations.
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Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
Get the yoga gear our editors are craving from brands like Alo Yoga, Zella, Sweaty Betty and more.
The annual Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opened to card holders on July 12 and is accessible to to everyone else starting July 19. Score deep discounts on brands like Alo Yoga, Zella, Sweaty Betty, and more. Act fast, before the good stuff is gone.
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Also available in plus-size. Shop here.
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7 Rose Quartz Beauty Products to Open The Heart Chakra
The soothing gemstone is known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.
Rose quartz has been rocking the wellness scene for centuries. Legend has it that Cleopatra bathed with the stuff to harness its healing and anti-aging properties: stimulating circulation to deliver oxygen to the skin and clearing out tension, toxins, and impurities. The soothing gemstone is also known for opening up the heart chakra to love and positive energy, making it the quintessence of well-being.
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- Hellen Center Your Heart Bath Brew, $65, hellen.nyc
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