Judge Rules Yoga In Schools Is Exercise, Not Religion

By Emma Koch

Judge Rules Yoga In Schools Is Exercise, Not Religion

July 2, 2013 Updated Jul 2, 2013 at 10:56 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO, Cali. (www.incnow.tv) -- A San Diego Superior Court judge ruled against a lawsuit claiming that teaching yoga in the public schools is an improper attempt at religious indoctrination.

The ruling by Judge John Meyer means that Encinitas Union School District can continue to teach yoga as a part of a health and exercise curriculum, according to a report in the L.A. Times.

The program, funded by a grant from a local yoga studio, includes 30-minute classes twice a week.

The president and attorney fro the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy filed the lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose two children attended the school where yoga was being taught. The lawsuit said the class was a violation of state law which prohibits teaching religion in public schools.

The school system explained that it had taken out any reference to Hinduism and its liturgical language Sanskrit. The judge sided with the school saying that yoga is similar to other exercises such as dodgeball.

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