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California Court ruled Yoga taught in San Diego County schools does not violate religious freedom

The parents of two students at an Encinitas district school near San Diego said the yoga classes, which were taught as part of the school's physical education curriculum, infringed on their children's constitutional rights.

Apr 4, 2015 11:11 IST
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A California Appeals Court of the US on 3 April 2015 ruled that Yoga taught in San Diego County schools does not violate religious freedom.

The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld a trial court ruling that rejected a lawsuit by parents who tried to block Encinitas schools from teaching Yoga. The court said that while yoga may be religious in some contexts, there is no evidence the programme at Encinitas Union School District has religious, mystical or spiritual trappings.

The lawsuit was filed by parents of two students who claimed that Yoga promoted Hinduism and inhibited Christianity. The school administration said that Yoga is being taught in a secular way to promote strength, flexibility and balance.

 

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