LOS ANGELES (AP) – Yoga taught in a San Diego County school system is not a gateway to Hinduism and doesn’t violate the religious rights of students or their parents, a California appeals court ruled Friday.
While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the district are, as the trial court determined, ‘devoid of any religious, mystical, or spiritual trappings,'” the court wrote in a 3-0 opinion.
Yoga is now taught at schools across the country, but the district is believed to be the first with full-time yoga teachers at all schools.
(Which is completely inaccurate statement)
A three-year grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes Ashtanga yoga, provides twice-weekly, 30-minute classes to the district’s 5,600 students.
About 30 families opted out of the classes begun in 2011.
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