Yoga Meditation Gives A Sense Of Release

Now, I have to admit at the outset that the title of this post is somewhat tongue-in-cheek when I tell you that yoga meditation will give you a sense of release. That’s usually meant on a more spiritual/psychological level. However, there are occasions that it could be construed literally. A yoga master had recently been arrested and held in a prison cell in South Korea. He was so flexible that he was able to slip out unnoticed through a tiny slot under his cell door. An article contributed by David Moye at the Huffington Post describes the particulars in detail. Quite impressive.

Yoga Meditation Gives A Sense Of Release

It’s no stretch to say that yoga has many benefits. However, increasing one’s ability to escape from prison from a food slot is not usually listed in the brochures or pamphlets at most yoga studios.

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Yoga meditation promotes flexibility of the body, the mind and the spirit. Photo by Marina Pissarova c/o Photos.Com.

Still, the prison escape from a yoga master in Korea is proof that the practice has practical applications beyond relaxation and exercise.

Choi Gap-bok, who had practiced yoga for 23 years, was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Sept. 12 and was put in a detention cell at the police station in the city of Daegu.

He stayed there for five days, but early morning on Sept. 17, he applied skin ointment on the upper part of his body and slipped out of the slammer by squeezing through a tiny food slot at the bottom of the cell.

Read the entire article here at

Whatever you might believe concerning this man’s guilt or innocence, his mastery of yoga meditation certainly contributed to his being able to slip out unnoticed. And getting yourself through a 17 inch opening demands a great deal of breathing control and a practiced ability to physically relax your body. Whatever the legalities, I always root for the underdog anyway. Run Choi, run!

I don’t know if they’ve apprehended him yet. I’ll do a follow up if I find out anything about this. Why not comment and let us know what you think. You can click the like button and share this story with a friend.

When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath.                                   — Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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