A judge ruled that yoga can be taught in the Encinitas Union School district to help improve strength, balance and flexibility of the children.
Parents in the school district sued the school over practicing yoga. They said that yoga is a religious practice and school is a separation of church and state. The case had testimony from parents, teachers and videos of the children. However, on July 1 a judge ruled that yoga will indeed be allowed in the schools.
During the trial, some of the instructors came into the court room to demonstrate movements the children were learning and the language used to convey the moves. Instructors were clear to note that they did not use Sanskrit names for poses, but rather kid-friendly terms like "criss-cross applesauce" for a seated cross-legged lotus position.
Parents who testified gave their own opinions of what yoga meant to them, instead of how or what was being taught in class.
This progressive school is one of the first in the country to have full-time yoga teachers at every one of its schools. Classes are offered to the students twice a week for 30 minutes. Regular physical education is also offered. A three-year grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation funds the lessons, which cost over $500,000.