Court Rules That Yoga Can Be Taught In California School

yogaDoes yoga belong in schools? Will this throw open the door to Hinduism, Buddhism, and the metaphysical infiltrating our classrooms? (I certainly hope so.) The Huffington Post reports:

In a closely watched lawsuit in the San Diego-area where a family had sued the Encinitas, Calif. school district for what it saw as government sponsorship of religion for its yoga classes, a judge ruled Monday that yoga has religious roots but is not religious the way it’s taught in the district. The family who sued in Monday’s case is Christian.

But the ruling will likely not settle the ongoing debate in over whether yoga, which has grown immensely in popularity, is most closely related to its religious roots in Hinduism, is a more general spiritual practice or is a non-religious and non-spiritual pursuit.

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  • Antediluviancurrent

    inb4 evangelical paranoia about satanic indoctrination.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ndJDmqW26ug

    • Daniel Gill

      too late I am afraid I already posted some of that (pretty good documentary though, to be honest)

  • Adamas Macalz

    About fuckin time

  • AManCalledDa-da

    “Yoga” means “study.” It’s not necessarily a religion; more a course of study. There are different kinds of yoga — hatha, raja, gnani, etc. — practiced by yogis. What most Westerners think of as, “yoga” is simply hatha yoga, which is a study of health and the body. Unfortunately, this is all that seems to be taught, yoga-wise — doubly unfortunate because you are not a body at all, but merely think you are. Hatha yoga reifies this concept.

    • David Martin Frater MellivoraC

      Always thought yoga meant to add/ join or unite. But yes I do agree wholeheartedly with the rest of your statement..

    • Sergio Poalsky

      I was always under the impression that “yoga” mean “union”. Union of the observer with the observed.

      • Trevor Smith

        Me to

        “In Vedic Sanskrit, the more commonly used, literal meaning of the Sanskrit word yoga which is “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” from the rootyuj, already had a much more figurative sense, where the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses takes on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance” (compare the figurative uses of “to harness” as in “to put something to some use”). All further developments of the sense of this word are post-Vedic. More prosaic moods such as “exertion”, “endeavour”, “zeal” and “diligence” are also found in Epic Sanskrit.[citation needed]

        There are very many compound words containing yog in Sanskrit. Yoga can take on meanings such as “connection”, “contact”, “method”, “application”, “addition” and “performance”.”

    • Daniel Gill

      Yoga means to bind one soul to another. It is the loss of self, loss of individuality, ego-death, and total fealty and slavery to a master — when done properly. The concept being that you need a master or guru to be enslaved to in oder to become a God like they are. It is a religion, it is religious, it is not just an exercise — DEAL WITH IT.

  • Trevor Smith

    “But the ruling will likely not settle the ongoing debate in over whether yoga, which has grown immensely in popularity, is most closely related to its religious roots in Hinduism, is a more general spiritual practice or is a non-religious and non-spiritual pursuit.”

    I think that depends on the style, the instructor, and the individual. It sounds like an over simplification to think it could be all x or all y.

    • Daniel Gill

      The purpose of doing yoga is immortality there is no other purpose

  • Väiski Vemmelsääri

    I don’t know about the school system and how the classes are arranged over there, but (as a practitioner of Kriya Yoga) it certainly shouldn’t be mandatory. Also, its effects on a growing children hasn’t been studied. So i think it’s for adults who choose to practice it. A serious practice of Yoga can even lead to psychedelic experiences.

    Namaste.

    • Daniel Gill

      It is a form of soul slavery. If you do yoga at a young age, and become tied to a guru, that means your soul belongs to them, and to renege or turn away from them would mean a loss of your own power.

      This is the purpose of yoga -> liberation, immortality, etc.. When taught and done properly this is the result.

      and schools, if they are to teach yoga, have a responsibility I think to teach it correctly.

      Judge of this case is a fucking moron

  • Daniel Gill

    Absolutely religious and cult infiltration of public school system. Disgraceful. They should appeal. http://youtu.be/rx1WtnSABx4

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