Yoga in school causes controversy with parents in Encinitas, CA

Parents says yoga promotes religion

ENCINITAS, Calif. -  A group of parents are bent out of shape over yoga classes in the Encinitas Union School District.

   The North County Times says they're afraid the classes may be a form of religious indoctrination that promotes Hinduism and they've hired an attorney.

   Attorney Dean Broyles sent the district superintendent an Oct. 12 email warning that the parents may take some kind of legal action if the courses continue.

   A nonprofit organization that promotes Ashtanga yoga provided a $533,000 grant for the classes. About half the schools in the San Diego County district began holding the classes last month. Other schools will begin in January.

   Superintendent Tim Baird says the district considers yoga as a healthy workout and has removed any religious aspects.
 

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