Public school students in a California district as young as Kindergarten and all the way through 6th grade have been bowing in worship to the “sun god” and participating in “liturgical/ritual religious practices” aimed at having them “become one with god,” according to a brief filed with an appeals court.
Parents in the Encinitas Union School District are outraged that their youngsters are being taught Ashtanga yoga teachings, and recently lost their appeal to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in California after a district judge said the school program is religious, but officials can teach it anyway.
It all started when the school replaced its regular phy-ed classes with yoga, and brought in a new partner to do it: The Jois Foundation, also known as Somina, founded by Sonia Tudor Jones, an ardent devotee of yoga who wanted to “spread the gospel of Ashtanga through school systems throughout the nation.
The National Center for Law and Policy is taking their fight over the Ashtanga yoga teachings of Encinitas Union School District to the Fourth District Court of Appeal in California after a district judge said the school program is religious, but officials can teach it anyway. “The Sonima Foundation is a religious organization with a religious agenda. They have the explicitly religious ‘outreach’ ‘mission’ of teaching Ashtanga yoga to children, which is based in Hindu religious beliefs and practices,” said NCLP Chief Counsel Dean Broyles.