MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) - A high school in northern New York state is
putting expansion of a classroom yoga program on hold after parents
complained that students were being indoctrinated in Hindu rites.
The Massena Board of Education agreed to delay a decision and
asked two teachers who have been developing the year-old program to
demonstrate yoga's breathing and relaxation techniques at the board's next meeting on October 14th.
School board president Julie Reagan insists that there's no religion involved -- just "fitness in the classroom that relaxes and readies the children for better learning."
But the critics say yoga violates church-state boundaries and has no place in the classroom.
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