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Judge removes robe and teaches yoga on courthouse lawn during breaks

By Mason White 5:26 PM April 27, 2017
Judge Eleni Derke leading yoga
Judge Eleni Derke leading yoga
By: Mason White

(Scroll down for video) A judge in Florida, cares about the emotional well-being of the jury and attorneys.

The judge encourages the jury to stretch and do yoga while taking breaks during trials.

Duval County Judge Eleni Derke decided to take her yoga techniques to the public in order to help people distress.

On every first Friday of every month, the judge invites courthouse staff, attorneys and anyone else who is interested, to join her on the lawn of the courthouse for yoga lessons.

Derke, who rules on misdemeanor crimes and civil lawsuits, said that she came up with the idea after the president of the Jacksonville Bar Association asked her to head up the health committee.

“What better way to stay healthy than to do yoga?” Derke said.
Once the group gets together, the judge disrobes and leads the yoga class.