To earn money for his siblings while his family was going through a crisis, Walter Mugbe began transporting drugs for dealers. By the time he was 10, he was selling drugs and picking pockets as well. 

By the time he was in his early teens, two of his friends had been “killed by a mob,” he says. “I knew I was going to be the next person to die.”

And then, yes, yoga saved his life.

There was a yoga class at the school where Mugbe practiced soccer, so he signed up. He went through the poses for the first time. He was in downward dog. He lifted one leg to the sky and brought it down in front of his body, parallel to the front of his mat. He folded himself flat over his leg. He was in half-pigeon pose.

“I felt so free and safe at that moment,” he says. He was always on the run in his criminal life. And now, his worries were gone. “I felt light, like something was weighing me down and all of a sudden I felt free. It was a brand new experience for me.”

When He Says Yoga Saved His Life, He’s Not Exaggerating

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