Bend cops take it to the mat Shot 2014-12-06 at 1.29.59 AM
Bend cops take it to the mat
Officers try out a yoga class aimed at reducing stress on the police force
By Claire Withycombe / The Bulletin / @kcwithycombe
Published Nov 29, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Dec 2, 2014 at 11:01AM

Ten people in sweat pants, athletic shorts and T-shirts inhaled and exhaled, the blinds drawn, lying supine on yoga mats. The only sounds other than breathing were occasional trucks on the highway or footsteps in the hallway.

“We’re imagining the sky, blue, clear, spacious,” said yoga teacher Jeannie Laslo Douglas. “Any thoughts going through the mind are like little clouds that come and go.”

This peaceful moment came at the conclusion of a 45-minute noontime class taught not to lithe lotus lovers , but to employees of the Bend Police Department.