The Escondido Union School District used funds from a religious organization with a missionary agenda to implement a religious yoga curriculum. But U.S. and California constitutions prohibit this kind of complicity of government and religion.
Let's not, in the name of expediency, lose sight of the traditional meaning of Yoga (upper case preferred) as the union of individual consciousness with the Ultimate Reality, however one may define it. We need to adapt the teachings liberally without compromising their integrity.
Whether you accept a particular revelation as true or consider a ritual institution to be divinely demanded, the category "religion" is a human construction with a shifting meaning that people use strategically to make sense of the world and to negotiate relations to others in society.
It was "showdown day" last Tuesday at a packed-to-capacity meeting of the Encinitas, California school board, during which the board faced angry threats of litigation in a heated dispute. The embattled program is yoga. Yoga?