“Inhale. Exhale. Peekaboo!” Yoga in Schools Controversy

Posted by admin on 12/19/12 in Yoga

We have been following with interest the unfolding story from Encinitas, CA regarding whether yoga should be taught in schools. Each time we've posted about it, you have generated some very interesting ideas on both sides of the issue about whether yoga should be taught in schools, and we encourage your continued expression around this issue in the comments below.  

The most recent noteworthy article on this hot topic in the New York Times cites a mother of one of the first-graders in question, and interestingly, her quote actually doesn't reveal what side of the issue she is on: “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 stretching.

Is what she's saying accurate? If so, does that mean yoga is a good tool for children to use as they learn to get in touch with their "peace and comfort"?  Or does the above mean that such teachings will corrupt the children's point of view and autonomy?

We know that most of our community will advocate for yoga to be allowed in schools.  But what if the shoe were on the other foot:  if there was a proposed program at your child's school that included teaching aspects of spirituality or religion to young minds, at what point would you draw the line?  

Tags: controversy, elementary, religion, schools, teaching, Yoga, youth

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