Is teaching yoga in public schools unconstitutional?
Two parents, represented by The National Center for Law & Policy (NCLP), are suing the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) in California for "civil rights violations resulting from its inherently and pervasively religious Ashtanga yoga program," ABC News reports.
According to a NCLP press release, a $533,000 Jois Foundation grant is funding Ashtanga yoga classes in EUSD elementary schools. Beginning in September 2012, Ashtanga yoga has been taught to kindergarten through sixth-grade students by instructors who are certified and trained by the Jois Foundation.
The district's goal was to use yoga to “help the elementary school students focus on studies, keep them calm and even curb bullying,” notes NBC News San Diego.
The plaintiffs hope to eliminate the school’s yoga program.