Yoga In School Lawsuit Verdict


By Paul Johnson

San Diego, California (CNN) - A judge Monday ruled that yoga classes can continue at schools in California's Encinitas union school district.
The district was sued by the national center for law and policy on behalf of Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock.
Their children attend one of the district's nine schools.
The plaintiffs contended that Ashtanga yoga is religious in nature and that opting out costs students’ physical education time.
They wanted the yoga program ended.
In his ruling, the judge said yoga dates back to 15-hundred b-c and has its roots in Hinduism.
But even so, he said the school district came up with a curriculum for its 30-minute yoga classes that emphasizes respect, proper breathing and posture.
And he said there's nothing religious about that.
Based on this record the Eusd yoga passes muster under the United States and California constitutions and the education code.
The program was funded by a 500-thousand-dollar grant from a foundation that promotes Ashtanga yoga.
The plaintiffs said they will likely appeal the judge's decision.

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