Did you know that a Korean yoga master once escaped prison by slipping through the 15cm high, 45cm wide food slot in his cell
In the United States, some prisons have looked to yoga over the past few years as a way to help lower the country’s incredibly high recidivism rate—67% within three years as of 2006—and thus alleviate overcrowding.
The idea is that yoga and meditation can provide inmates with the emotional tools to stay calm and rational in stressful situations, hopefully preventing them from doing something that will land them back in the pen.
One South Korean man, who had been practicing yoga during 23 years of detention, gave support to the assertion that yoga really can help get inmates out of prison when he slipped through a 15-centimeter-high, 45-centimeter-wide (6 x 18 inches) food slot in the bars of his detention cell last week.
is here. 50-year-old Choi Gap-bok (hehe, gap, get it?) was arrested on suspicion of robbery on Sept. 12. Known as a yoga master by his friends and acquaintances, Choi had been practicing yoga to keep fit during 23 years on and off in prison.
Choi made his great escape from his detention cell in a police station in Daegu at around 5 a.m. on Sept. 17. While all three police officers on duty were sleeping, the lean-bodied Choi applied skin ointment all over his upper body and squeezed through the tiny food slot in the cell bars in 34 seconds, earning him the nickname “Korean Houdini” by media.