Christian Parents Protest Yoga in Public Schools

(UPDATED) Judge says grant-funded, non-religious yoga classes can continue.

Update (July 1): A San Diego court judge has ruled that the Encinitas Union School District's yoga program can continue because it is not religious in nature, UT San Diego reports.

According to the local ABC affiliate, "The court determined that a reasonable student would not associate yoga with religion because of the way the district set up its program."

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Update (Feb. 21): Parents of children in the Encinitas Union School District officially have filed a lawsuit against the district's Ashtanga yoga program.

According to the Associated Press, "In the lawsuit filed in San Diego Superior Court, attorney Dean Broyles argued that the twice weekly, 30-minute classes are inherently religious, in violation of the separation between church and state."

Yoga teachers in the district maintain that they are not teaching religion, but an overall wellness program that incorporates yoga for students.

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Original (Dec. 19, 2012): ...

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