Yoga Is Exercise, Not Religious Instruction, Judge Rules

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A California judge, asked to decide whether yoga taught in a classroom was exercise or religious indoctrination, came out with his ruling Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

A San Diego Superior Court judge Monday rejected a claim by parents in the Encinitas elementary school system that teaching yoga in the schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination.

The ruling by Judge John Meyer, who heard the case without a jury, means that the Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as part of its health and exercise curriculum. … Meyer said that he agreed with the school district’s explanation that it has taken out any references to Hinduism or Sanskrit from the program. Yoga, the judge said, is similar to other exercise programs like dodgeball.

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