10 Oct '11, 6am

To Om Or Not To Om: Yoga, Public Schools, Spirituality

To Om Or Not To Om: Yoga, Public Schools, Spirituality

More and more schools are offering yoga as part of their physical education program. But if you’re teaching yoga in a public school, is it ok to say the Sankrit words such as “om” and “namaste,” to hold your hands (and instruct your students to) in the prayer position and to chant? The spiritual aspects of yoga could potentially cause concerns in public school settings , where battles have arisen about the Pledge of Allegiance and its mention of the US being “one nation under God.” In multi-religious, multi-ethnic New York City, yoga instructors are cautious. The yoga instructors interviewed in a New York Times article are not public school employees, but work for various yoga centers who contract with both public and private schools wishing to offer yoga classes. Some teachers describe their classes as a “namaste-free zone”: “No namaste,” Jennifer Ford, the development di...

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