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Yoga in public schools is exercise, not religion

from Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times

Despite the quasi-spiritual trappings, yoga, as it’s widely practiced by millions of Americans of all faiths, is no instrument of religious indoctrination. It's exercise. In Encinitas, it's being taught to kids in an effort to reduce bullying, obesity and overcompetitiveness. Recently, a San Diego County Superior Court judge said yoga classes are not the same as religious instruction, and ruled that the classes may continue. The plaintiffs and their attorney, Dean Broyles of the National Center for Law and Policy, claimed that giving kids a little bit of yoga twice a week amounts to an unlawful embrace of Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism or Western metaphysics. more


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