From Murder to Moksha: Yoga in Chicago’s West-Side

Marshawn Feltus leads an ACT Yoga class
Photo by Brian Cassella Photography

After serving over 18 years in prison Marshawn Feltus is now teaching yoga in Chicago’s west-side. Convicted of first degree murder, Marshawn was able to use his incarceration as an opportunity for growth and transformation. While in prison Marshawn obtained his GED and completed several years of college courses. Marshawn initially sought out yoga in prison due to pain and injury of his powerlifting practice. He later became a co-instructor and taught yoga to over 800 incarcerated men at the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton, Illinois.

Upon his release, he completed an entrepreneurial training program as well as the yoga teacher training at Chicago Yoga Center. Last year he opened the first yoga studio in Chicago’s Austin area, ACT Yoga, where he continues to teach and inspire others.

Watch the video below to learn and see more about this inspiring story:

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  1. What an inspiring story. Marshawn, you are a great role model for kids and adults as well. Congratulations and the best of karma to you. Thanks for sharing your story

  2. Thank you for sharing your inspiration to continue serving incarcerated youth and adults. I am blessed to be able to do so!

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