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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Twelve angry men? Yoga might help

(Fair Use)
Imagine this:  Things are getting a bit tense within the courtroom.  The judge suddenly “strips off the robe” and declares:  It’s yoga time!

This scenario is not all that far-fetched if you’re from Jacksonville, Florida.  Duval County’s Judge Eleni Derke leads a yoga class once a month at high noon on the courthouse front lawn.

But why wait that long?  During “lengthy trials,” Derke has also “been known to urge jurors to stretch and take a few deep breaths…”

Derke herself has had to take more than a few deep breaths. Born and raised in Cyprus, she suddenly became a refugee when Turkey invaded her native land.  Nevertheless, she managed to not only study anthropology and archaeology, but also to graduate from Stetson Law School with honors.


Copyright April 29, 2017 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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