In Encinitas , California, the school district is offering free yoga classes at schools and parents are in a brouhuahua about it. Parents' fear they will be brainwashed into the Eastern religion Hinduism.
The lawyer of the parents , Dean Broyles, told the North County Times, "There's a deep concern that the Encinitas Union School District is using taxpayers resources to tout asthanga yoga and Hinduism, a religious system of beliefs and practices."
Broyles wrote an email October 12, 2012 to Tim Baird Superintendent of this school district and told him the course has no constitutional right and would take legal action unless the school district stopped offering the class.
A nonprofit group called the Jois Foundation which touts Ashtanga Yoga gave the school district a $533,000 grant to teach the classes.
Some schools in the district started offering the classes in September and other schools delayed the start until January 2013.
Baird says the classes take place twice a week and the school district selects the teachers and tell them what to teach, and the Jois foundation teaches the selection.
Baird says no religion is taught in any yoga class in the school district.
Mary Eady, as a parent, took her son out of the classes said about the school district taking religion out of the yoga classes, "I think that they really would like to think that, but I don't think that , in actuality, it has been done. There's really a lot of unease amonng a lot of parents."
The school district just wants to give their students exercise and teach them how to relax.