“Inhale shoulders come in and up,” said San Leandro resident Beth Zygielbaum to a room of people on yoga mats.
This is a unique yoga class. It’s being taught at an East Bay police department. Cops in child’s pose.
“We have a lot of closet yoga people here that won’t admit it,” laughed Chief Jeff Tudor, San Leandro Police Department.
Fed-up with national news reports of racial disparities in policing and cases of excessive force Zygielbaum simply called her local police chief. “I was just calling to find out what the heck was going on. I was calling as a concerned citizen,” she explained.
The chief called her back right away. I conversation followed, then an offer to help in the best way she knew how, as a certified yoga instructor Zygeilbaum volunteered to instruct officers and police staff. Her goal is to teach officers mindfulness as a way to help reduce use of force.