Parents Upset Over School Yoga Program, Call It 'Religious Indoctrination'

Learning to relax, stretch and breathe deeply is religious indoctrination?

A group of parents in California are outraged over what their children are being taught in elementary school.

Sex education? Gay rights?


They’re all hot and bothered over a yoga program.

According to, the group of parents complained to the Encinitas Union School District, calling the program “religious indoctrination.”

The parents say the yoga program violates religious freedom in schools by pushing Hinduism on children, and have already asked that their children be removed from the class.

“Yoga practices and poses are not merely exercise; they’re religious practices,” Marsha Qualls tells the NC Times. He calls the techniques “a kind of prayer.”

The district responded by telling them there was no religion involved (DUH) but promised it would take a closer look at the program. The district started the program a couple months ago after the Jois Foundation, an Encinitas-based group that promotes Ashtanga Yoga, donated a $533,000 grant. The yoga program was put together with the school district and contains no religious aspects; it simply promotes healthy living and encourages students to stay active.

Nonetheless, some parents aren’t having it.

“I will not allow my children to be indoctrinated by this Hindu religious program,” Andy Vick, parent of three, tells “Because of this, you’re forcing me to segregate my children.”

I wonder if Andy Vick promotes the Pledge of Allegiance in classrooms. I mean, I don’t really believe in God, but I don’t mind my kid saying the pledge. Yoga promotes Hinduism less than the pledge promotes God.

I would ramble on about how ridiculous the claims of these parents are but it wouldn’t do anybody any good. If you agree with me, it’s a waste of your time and if you think stretching and some deep breaths for 30 minutes twice a week is indoctrination into Hinduism, then you’re beyond reason.

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