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Parents Considering Legal Action Over School Yoga

A group of parents are bent out of shape over yoga classes in the Encinitas Union School District.

The North County Times says they're afraid the classes may be a form of religious indoctrination that promotes Hinduism and they've hired an attorney.

Attorney Dean Broyles sent the district superintendent an Oct. 12 email warning that the parents may take some kind of legal action if the courses continue.

A nonprofit organization that promotes Ashtanga yoga provided a $533,000 grant for the classes. About half the schools in the San Diego County district began holding the classes last month. Other schools will begin in January.

Superintendent Tim Baird says the district considers yoga as a healthy workout and has removed any religious aspects.

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EC_Mom | October 22, 2012 at 11:36 a.m. ― 4 years, 5 months ago

It's sad how paranoid and narrow-minded people can be. "They're afraid the classes MAY (emphasis mine) be a form of religious indoctrination that promotes Hinduism...". Talk about helicopter parents jumping the gun! The LMSVSD had a yoga segment during PE a few years ago. My daughter loved it! She came home raving about it and the health benefits. Kids are under a lot of stress these days with schoolwork and sports or other extracurricular activities. This is a great way for them to learn a positive way to release stress and to keep their core strong and muscles stretched to help them from getting sports injuries. Not ONCE during those classes did anyone promote Hinduism. Even if they did teach some of the dogmas of the religion, it doesn't hurt anyone to learn about other cultures and religions. It's called tolerance. And, in the end, all you can do is teach your children. They will choose their own religion or possibly none at all. I was raised by atheists and I am a Christian. We raised my daughter as a church-going Christian and she's an atheist. We don't put her down or harangue her into attending church. We accept her. As a teenager, she's exploring her sense of self as do all teens.

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