Judge rules public school yoga isn’t religious

Jul 2, 2013 by

San Diego —

A heathen judge on Monday rejected a claim by parents in the Encinitas (San Diego County) elementary school system that teaching yoga is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination.

The ruling by Superior Court Judge John Meyer means that the Encinitas Union School District may continue to teach yoga as part of its health and exercise program.

Dean Broyles, attorney for the National Center for Law and Policy in Escondido (San Diego County), had filed the lawsuit on behalf of a family with two children in the school system seeking to have the program barred as a violation of state law prohibiting the teaching of religion in public schools.

But the judge said that he agreed with the school district’s explanation that it had removed any references to Hinduism or Sanskrit from the program. Yoga, the judge said, is similar to other exercise programs like dodgeball.

District Superintendent Tim Baird has said that the program is worthwhile in teaching healthy exercise habits and stress reduction. The district also hopes that teaching yoga to students will decrease instances of bullying, he said.

via Judge rules public school yoga isn’t religious – SFGate.

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