A group of parents is bent out of shape by free yoga classes at schools in this San Diego County beachside community, fearing they are indoctrinating youngsters in eastern religion.
“There’s a deep concern that the Encinitas Union School District is using taxpayer resources to promote Ashtanga yoga and Hinduism, a religion system of beliefs and practices,” the parents’ attorney, Dean Broyles, told the North County Times.
The lessons are funded by a $533,000, three-year grant from the Jois Foundation, a nonprofit group that promotes Asthanga yoga. Some schools began classes last month and others will begin holding them in January.
The classes involve traditional eastern breathing techniques and poses. The district chooses teachers and sets the curriculum while the foundation trains the teachers.
The district has removed any religious content from the twice-weekly classes, Baird said.
Jois Foundation Director Eugene Ruffin denied the group is religious and said the board of directors includes people from various faiths.
Is this part of the physical education or the “spiritual” education. I would guess this would be something kids should do in their own time, not that I’m against stress relievers but this is a bit weird.
And, darn if it doesn’t reinforce that hippy, New Age, California stereotype.