Barry... it's just tit for tat. Christians with that mentality are just getting 
even for being told they can;t mention the name of their God in schools or 
school functions or read from a Bible are have prayer groups before or after 
school, secularizing Christmas into *Winter Holidays*, not being allowed 
to wear crosses that are visible. The list goes on. I'm a Christian and 
teaching yoga in schools or TM or whatever doesn't bother me, I look on it as a 
blessing or a gift from God to better my life. Ignorance is not limited to one 
religion or atheism, it's pervasive.


 From: turquoiseb <>
Sent: Sunday, December 16, 2012 5:48 AM
Subject: [FairfieldLife] Just a reminder of what Christians really think of 
All that this school program is doing is teaching kids hatha yoga, and enabling 
them to feel strong and brave. The "concerned" parents are terrified that it's 
covert Hinduism, because "they're not just teaching physical poses, they're 
teaching children how to think and how to make decisions." Can't have that. 

Yoga Class Draws a Religious Protest ENCINITAS, Calif. — By 9:30 a.m. at Paul 
Ecke Central Elementary School, tiny feet were shifting from downward dog pose 
to chair pose to warrior pose in surprisingly swift, accurate movements. A 
circle of 6- and 
7-year-olds contorted their frames, making monkey noises and repeating 
confidence-boosting mantras. 
Jackie Bergeron's first-grade yoga class was in full swing. 
"Inhale. Exhale. Peekaboo!" Ms. Bergeron said from the front of the class. 
"Now, warrior pose. I am strong! I am brave!" 
Though the yoga class had a notably calming effect on the children, things were 
far from placid outside the gymnasium. 
A small but vocal group of parents, spurred on by the head of a local 
conservative advocacy group, has likened these 30-minute yoga classes to 
religious indoctrination. They say the classes — part of a 
comprehensive program offered to all public school students in this 
affluent suburb north of San Diego — represent a violation of the First 
After the classes prompted discussion in local evangelical churches, 
parents said they were concerned that the exercises might nudge their 
children closer to ancient Hindu beliefs. 
Mary Eady, the parent of a first grader, said the classes were rooted in the 
deeply religious practice of Ashtanga yoga, in which physical 
actions are inextricable from the spiritual beliefs underlying them. 
"They're not just teaching physical poses, they're teaching children how to 
think and how to make decisions," Ms. Eady said. "They're teaching 
children how to meditate and how to look within for peace and for 
comfort. They're using this as a tool for many things beyond just 
Ms. Eady and a few dozen other parents say a public school system should not be 
leading students down any particular religious path. Teaching 
children how to engage in spiritual exercises like meditation 
familiarizes young minds with certain religious viewpoints and 
practices, they say, and a public classroom is no place for that. 
Underlying the controversy is the source of the program's financing. The pilot 
project is supported by the Jois Foundation, a nonprofit 
organization founded in memory of Krishna Pattabhi Jois, who is 
considered the father of Ashtanga yoga. 
Dean Broyles, the president and chief counsel of the National Center for Law 
and Policy, a nonprofit law firm that champions religious freedom 
and traditional marriage, according to its Web site, has dug up quotes 
from Jois Foundation leaders, who talk about the inseparability of the 
physical act of yoga from a broader spiritual quest. Mr. Broyles argued 
that such quotes betrayed the group's broader evangelistic purpose. 
"There is a transparent promotion of Hindu religious beliefs and 
practices in the public schools through this Ashtanga yoga program," he 
"The analog would be if we substituted for this program a charismatic 
Christian praise and worship physical education program," he said. 
The battle over yoga in schools has been raging for years across the country 
but has typically focused on charter schools, which receive public financing 
but set their own curriculums. 
The move by the Encinitas Union School District to mandate yoga classes 
for all students who do not opt out has elevated the discussion. And it 
has split an already divided community. 
The district serves the liberal beach neighborhoods of Encinitas, 
including Leucadia, where Paul Ecke Central Elementary is, as well as 
more conservative inland communities. On the coast, bumper stickers 
reading "Keep Leucadia Funky" are borne proudly. Farther inland, cars 
are more likely to feature the Christian fish symbol, and large 
evangelical congregations play an important role in shaping local 
Opponents of the yoga classes have started an online petition to remove 
the course from the district's curriculum. They have shown up at school 
board meetings to denounce the program, and Mr. Broyles has threatened 
to sue if the board does not address their concerns. 
The district has stood firm. Tim Baird, the schools superintendent, has 
defended the yoga classes as merely another element of a broader program 
designed to promote children's physical and mental well-being. The 
notion that yoga teachers have designs on converting tender young minds 
to Hinduism is incorrect, he said. 
"That's why we have an opt-out clause," Mr. Baird said. "If your faith 
is such that you believe that simply by doing the gorilla pose, you're 
invoking the Hindu gods, then by all means your child can be doing 
something else." 
Ms. Eady is not convinced. 
"Yoga poses are representative of Hindu deities and Hindu stories about 
the actions and interactions of those deities with humans," she said. 
"There's content even in the movement, just as with baptism there's 
content in the movement." 
Russell Case, a representative of the Jois Foundation, said the parents' fears 
were misguided. 
"They're concerned that we're putting our God before their God," Mr. 
Case said. "They're worried about competition. But we're much closer to 
them than they think. We're good Christians that just like to do yoga 
because it helps us to be better people." 


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