Judge Rules Yoga Is Not A Religion In Schools [VIDEO]
Earlier this month, a California Judge ruled that Yoga poses are not religious in nature and do not violate the establishment of clause of the First Amendment, which prohibits any law that would establish one religion over another.
Parents of two children sued the Encinitas Union School district in San
Diego County, California, on the grounds that offering Ashtanga yoga
classes in lieu of more traditional physical education like track and
field or volleyball were meant to indoctrinate children into a religion.
The parents’ attorney told NBC 7 San Diego that yoga practice is inherently religious, and its practice in a public school violated the separation of church and state.
In his ruling, judge John S. Meyer acknowledged that yoga “at its
roots is religious,” but the modern practice of yoga, despite its
origins in Hindu philosophy, is well established in secular U.S. society
and “is a distinctly American cultural phenomenon.” He also noted that
the school district had developed its own version of yoga that was not
religious but distinct and separate from Ashtanga yoga by altering the
names of some of the poses and removing any chanting. “A reasonable
student would not objectively perceive that Encinitas School District
yoga does advance or promote religion,” he said.
The decision means that yoga can continued to be offered during gym
class at all nine schools in the Encinitas school district that
participate in the program, which launched last fall and is completely
funded by a $500,000 grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation, according to NBC News.
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