Appeals court: Yoga doesn't bend rules on religious freedom
San Diego (US), Apr 4: A California appeals court says yoga taught in San Diego County schools doesn't violate religious freedom.
The 4th District Court of Appeal yesterday upheld a trial court ruling that rejected a lawsuit by parents who tried to block Encinitas schools from teaching yoga.
The court says that while yoga may be religious in some contexts, there's no evidence the programme at Encinitas Union School District has religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.
The lawsuit was brought by parents of two students who claimed the practice promoted Hinduism and inhibited Christianity. The school district says the practice is taught in a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance.
Yoga is now taught at schools across the country, though it is often part of an after-school programme.