Is California indoctrinating youth through yoga?

April 6, 2015

yogaStudents may continue practicing yoga in California public schools following a court ruling Friday. [LA Times]

The three-judge panel of California’s 4th District Court of Appeal upheld a decision by the San Diego Superior Court that allows yoga in Encinitas schools. The K-6 Encinitas Unified School District currently offers grant-funded yoga classes that are taught twice a week in 30-minute increments.

The parents of two students sued on grounds that the yoga program promotes Hinduism, while the district discourages any display of Christianity. Their attorney argued that the yoga program violates a state law prohibiting religious instruction in public schools.

But, the superior court ruled that yoga is “devoid of any religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.”

The superintendent of the district said yoga is part of an effort to teach students the benefits of exercise and healthful eating.

“We are not teaching religion, we are not instructing anyone in religious dogma,” Superintendent Tim Baird said. “Yoga is very mainstream.”

Parents of students in the yoga program can choose to have their children opt out. The parents who sued said that students who opt out are harassed, segregated, discriminated against and bullied.


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32 Comments

  1. abigchocoholic says:

    They still teach Darwin and Evolution, though there has been no evidence of a change of Kind (i.e. a fish into a bird). Adaptation, yes, but evolution? Not yet.
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    That anyone would say this in the 21st century is astounding.

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  2. Theo P. Neustic says:

    When you do a Google search of ” spiritual aspects of yoga” , six of the first seven links are to websites that have no connection to Christianity. They all are extolling the spiritual aspects of yoga. Yoga and spirituality are inseparable..

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  3. Perspicacious says:

    LOL! Through “Yoga”? That is the least of their worries. CA has been indoctrinating kids for years in a variety of ways, first and foremost through the environmental hysteria they teach. Just about all the kids in public school have bought the bogus Green religion hook, line, and sinker.

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  4. achillesheal says:

    If your kid is being bullied by people who do yoga for not doings yoga, you better sign that kid up for some martial arts classes because you have a serious wimp on your hands.

    They had yoga in school when I was a kid too, except we called it stretching.

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