Yoga taught in public school. Is this religion?
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01-07-2013, 11:12 PM
Yoga taught in public school. Is this religion?
Apparently a judge felt that it is not.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01...30347.html

The yoga I take is pretty innocuous and Americanized. There is some that is more spiritual for sure but I stay away from those classes.
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02-07-2013, 04:00 AM
RE: Yoga taught in public school. Is this religion?
(01-07-2013 11:12 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Apparently a judge felt that it is not.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01...30347.html

The yoga I take is pretty innocuous and Americanized. There is some that is more spiritual for sure but I stay away from those classes.

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02-07-2013, 04:01 AM
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The Church of the Yogage approves.

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02-07-2013, 04:12 AM
RE: Yoga taught in public school. Is this religion?
(01-07-2013 11:12 PM)dancefortwo Wrote:  Apparently a judge felt that it is not.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01...30347.html

The yoga I take is pretty innocuous and Americanized. There is some that is more spiritual for sure but I stay away from those classes.

I'd say this is less of a problem than school choirs that sing nothing but christian devotional songs. Yoga in America is usually non-religious anyway, it may be based in hindu teaching and has some meditation aspects to it but for the most part those have been striped either completely away or to the bare minimum. Now if the Gym teacher starts going on about chakras or some other nonsense then you have a case.

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02-07-2013, 08:42 AM
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I am an atheist biology and anatomy teacher in a public school, and I will let my anatomy students do yoga (and pilates, and general stretching). We of course don't do anything terribly complex, nor anything too dangerous, but I find that it meets a couple of things I find important: 1. mainly, I'm trying to encourage the students to be healthier - I see way too many people rolling around on 'Mart Carts because they're fat, not because they're disabled; 2. it helps them better understanding how their body works and the limitations of it given their current physical condition, I'll ask them to name the muscle(s) currently being stretched, or the bones they're moving, etc; and 3. they get to make fun of the ridiculous, practically pseudoscientific, ways the ladies on the video describe the parts of the body or the way the body works because the students know more about it than the presenters seem to (confidence boost! woohoo!).

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02-07-2013, 04:12 PM
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Saying yoga is a religion is like saying zazen is a religion, t'ai chi ch'uan is a religion, prayer is a religion, sumo is a religion, ... fuck even like saying Pilates is a religion. ... Consider ... Wait, not sure about that last one. Dodgy

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