posted on Dec, 19 2012 @ 03:08 PM
I always thought this was just some type of exercise program but, apparently some parents are concerned that the religious aspects of this practice
are not suitable to their children and do not belong in public schools.
Christian parents group to sue school over yoga classes
A group of Christian parents in California have threatened to sue a school district for introducing yoga in classrooms.
The Encinitas Union School District plans to offer yoga instruction at all of its nine schools from January, despite a protest by parents who say they
believe it will indoctrinate their children in Eastern religion.
Mary Eady, a parent who has pulled her child out of yoga classes, said the pupils were learning to worship the sun and it was "inappropriate in our
School officials said there will be no chanting, prayer positions or cultural references. in an attempt to fend off any legal action names of yoga
positions have been changed to terms like "airplane" and "pancake."
The programme will see 30-minute yoga lessons taught to 5,000 students, starting from kindergarten, twice a week.
Researchers at the University of San Diego and University of Virginia will study the results, including analysing data on students' resting heart
Apparently, yoga has its origins in Hindu theology from India.
Yoga (Sanskrit, Pāli: योग, /ˈjəʊɡə/, yoga) is a commonly known generic term for physical, mental, and spiritual disciplines which
originated in ancient India. Specifically, yoga is one of the six āstika ("orthodox") schools of Hindu philosophy.
Hindu monks, beginning with Swami Vivekananda, brought yoga to the West in the late 19th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a physical
system of health exercises across the Western world. Many studies have tried to determine the effectiveness of yoga as a complementary intervention
for cancer, schizophrenia, asthma and heart patients. In a national survey, long-term yoga practitioners in the United States reported
musculo–skeletal and mental health improvements.
I'm confused; is yoga a part of their religion or a part of a philosophical system? Is there really any difference?
Anyway, if the parents religious concerns weren't enough reason to wonder if this has a place in the public schools, apparently yoga is not
recommended for children under 16 anyway.
PediatricsThe American Yoga Association states, "Yoga exercises are not recommended for children under 16 because their bodies’ nervous and
glandular systems are still growing, and the effect of Yoga exercises on these systems may interfere with natural growth." However, meditation and
simple breathing exercises (without breath-holding) are safe and can help children to manage stress, impulsiveness, and emotional situations.
I'm not sure how valid the parent's religious objections are but, I think the schools should take the recommendation of the American Yoga
Association more seriously and should do more investigation into this before offering it at so many schools.
I wonder what the Atheists think about all of this; is this injecting religion into the classroom?