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Yoga tied to religion

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A judge is expected to issue a ruling on whether yoga is a religious practice that shouldn't be allowed to be taught in public schools.

San Diego Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer is scheduled to decide Monday on the case stemming from a lawsuit filed by a family angry over the public school program in the beach city of Encinitas.

Their attorney Dean Broyles argued during the non-jury trial that the twice weekly, 30-minute classes are inherently religious, in violation of the separation between church and state.

The Encinitas Union School District is believed to be the first in the country to have full-time yoga teachers at every one of its schools.

Schools officials started the program in January and say yoga is simply exercise.


You have to be seriously kidding me? I don't see how yoga or religion are close.

What do you think?


Asked by LostSoul88 at 12:59 PM on Jul. 1, 2013 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (20)
  • UPDATE: Judge rules. Says NOT religious in nature.

    Answer by gdiamante at 4:49 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • It does have a religious foundation but it is NOT practicing religion unless being done in that framework. It is a fabulous exercise for breathing, flexibility and alignment.

    Answer by figaro8895 at 2:23 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • Hmmm. Maybe the Christian God practices yoga to find peace. He has a lot of idiots to deal with.

    Answer by Ballad at 3:03 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • It is tied to religion, but it doesn't have to be about religion. As long as they are only using it as a exercise/stretching program there isn't a reason to keep it out of school.

    Answer by kmath at 1:24 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • WTF!!!! I mean I know Football is a religion.... but yoga... NOT!! LOL

    Answer by Crafty26 at 1:39 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • This has been going on for a while. They had some super-evangelical religious professor there testifying that every aspect of it is tied to religion and can't be separated. Nevermind how many churches have their own yoga classes...

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:43 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • it is tied to religion in the traditional origins kinda way. but it can easily be done without any type of religion involved. i have a feeling this is a revenge kinda law-suit..."they want God out of the schools, well then they cant have yoga!!!" neener neener!

    Answer by okmanders at 2:44 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • I view yoga more as a spiritual practice IF you choose it to be. And at that, only if you're doing any meditation with it. Otherwise and especially with school age kids, it's about flexibility and maybe breathing.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 1:02 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • Oh dear God. Yoga is something that can be used both with or without religious ties. My Methodist preacher used to even lead people in yoga, so it's definitely not something that is exclusive to other faiths.

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 1:04 PM on Jul. 1, 2013

  • If it goes against a family's religious beliefs, they should be able to opt out.

    Answer by Iamgr8teful at 1:06 PM on Jul. 1, 2013