A California school district is going too far when it has public school students â€śbowing to the sun godâ€ť and participating in â€śliturgical/ritual religious practicesâ€ť aimed at having them â€śbecome one with god,â€ť according to a brief filed with an appeals court.
The Jois Foundation, also known as Somina, has partnered with the district â€śto develop an Ashtanga yoga program to replace traditional physical education,â€ť according to the brief filed on behalf of students and parents in the district.
Among the founders was Sonia Tudor Jones, an ardent devotee of yoga who wanted to â€śspread the gospel of Ashtanga through the country and even internationally.â€ť Jones worked on a plan for a three-year â€śscientific studyâ€ť in the schools using the religious program.
When the lawsuit was heard, the trial court judge â€śacknowledged that, although not structured as a religious foundation per se, Jois/Sonima is...
I talked to my wife many times about my feelings on her going to Bicram, etc yoga. I've talked to her about he poses being sun god based, and she fights me on it, shrugging it off, basically saying she imagines she's not doing that...sound familiar? No good.
It is not ok for students to read the Bible during free time in public schools but its ok for public schools to teach students New Age religions? That really is hypocritical for public schools to be against Christianity and for New Age religions.