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Should Yoga be taught in schools ?

Posted on Wednesday, 3 July, 2013 | Comment icon 96 comments | News tip by: The world needs you

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A lawsuit in California centers around complaints over whether Yoga should be practiced in schools.

In the recent legal case, a family sued the Encinitas school district on the basis that children were being taught Yoga in classes and that this constituted government sponsorship of religion. On Monday a judge ruled that while Yoga has religious roots, the way in which it had been taught was not religious in nature. The debate however is far from over as many still see Yoga as a religious practice that should not be taught to children in schools at all.

In a recent poll, 28% of people asked about the topic viewed Yoga as a spiritual practice. Yoga has gained immense popularity over the last few years. Rooted in Hinduism, it is seen as a way to help people exercise, relax and to take away some of the stresses and strains of modern life.

"In a closely watched lawsuit in the San Diego-area where a family had sued the Encinitas, Calif."

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Comment icon #87 Posted by scowl on 6 July, 2013, 16:38
Impressive. Ask me about my views on Christianity. Like all hogwash, these energies are completely unmeasurable and undetectable and have never been proved to exist. If they did exist, yoga would be practiced in hospitals instead of strip mall studios.
Comment icon #88 Posted by rashore on 6 July, 2013, 17:08
Actually there are hospitals that have yoga. Just google up yoga therapy hospitals or just yoga hospitals and a whole bunch pops up. On a more personal note, my mom ginked her leg a couple years ago and required surgery- part of her therapy included some yoga stretches.
Comment icon #89 Posted by kajiwara on 6 July, 2013, 17:19
Im so sick of everyone taking political correctness to such extremes.if I want to pray in school I will.its not hurting anyone I fail to see the problem and I hardly think that most people practicing yoga in the states do it is a religion anyways or even know of its roots
Comment icon #90 Posted by Michelle on 6 July, 2013, 17:54
You are correct on one point...people in the states mostly don't associate yoga with religion, as the religious aspect has been removed. Even churches allow space be used by the community for yoga classes. As for not knowing it's roots, that's almost impossible. Anyone who has a TV has been exposed to where yoga and martial arts originated and it's purpose. You'd practically have to live under a rock not to know.
Comment icon #91 Posted by kajiwara on 6 July, 2013, 18:17
They may know where it came from but knowing what poses are for which gods etc no I doubt many know that
Comment icon #92 Posted by Michelle on 6 July, 2013, 18:25
You said the roots, not the individual poses, so I only addresses that point. I doubt most Christians could name all of the books of Bible.
Comment icon #93 Posted by kajiwara on 6 July, 2013, 20:04
Yea roots wasnt the best word I suppose
Comment icon #94 Posted by Finity on 6 July, 2013, 22:21
Not sure about yoga, not everyone is flexible enough to do it. But they should teach kids to meditate, that was one of the best things I was taught studying martial arts. More than the physical parts. Being able to clear the mind is very hard and somehow just makes things seem to make more sense afterwards :P
Comment icon #95 Posted by blackpantherSA on 9 July, 2013, 11:07
for god sakes how do you get religious overlord communism from class at the YMCA its intense stretching and breathing just like meditation and meditation is not anything but self enlightenment that can bring you closer to god if you wanted
Comment icon #96 Posted by Ryu on 9 July, 2013, 12:22
If sitting postures, hand positions, chakras and chants are included in this so-called "education" then it generally counts as part of a religion and therefore serves no function for kids.

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