Public school allows yoga by any other name

MASSENA, N.Y. (AP) - An upstate New York high school has won
community approval to offer students a voluntary yoga program, as
long as it's not called yoga.

The program at Massena High School has been renamed "Raider
Relaxation" -- after the school mascot -- and includes the same
exercises that drew objections last month from some parents who said yoga promotes Hinduism and had no place in school.

A Baptist minister who had opposed the classes says he now believes that the students will practice "simple breathing" techniques.

The class's instructors are in the process of being certified by the Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago. After finishing their training, they'll be qualified to teach yoga methods to other educators.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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