Breaks designed to help meet exercise recommendations
True, yoga is from India. Not quite true that it is simply a series of
exercises. The poses are one part of yoga, albeit the only part usually taught
in the West.I've practiced yoga for 27 years, have studied the
philosophy, and written a book about it. There is nothing at all dogmatic in the
philosophy. The yoga sutras were purposely written with no ideological
coloration, so that they could be interpreted to fit into anyone's life,
regardless of his or her religious beliefs or lack thereof.Sutra
scholar Alistair Shearer says, "Whether we choose to practice yoga, and
interpret its benefits, within the framework of a conventional set of religious
beliefs is up to us. Some people do, some dont. Yoga itself is neutral. It is a
catalyst that allows us to grow in whichever direction is natural and
life-supporting. Its methods work on the physical seat of consciousness, the
nervous system, and, as far as yoga is concerned, a Hindu nervous system is no
different from an Islamic or agnostic one. Each obeys the same laws that govern
the operations of mind and body. Whoever practices yoga will be enlivened in his
or her own way."
In response to the first commentator: yoga is not from the Middle East, it's
from India - which is just plain East. Well, really Southern Asia.Secondly, yoga is a series of exercises that can be, and has been, used in
several religious traditions and which need not be associated with any in
particular. Finally, I practice yoga for both the peace of mind it
offers and for the physical benefits, which are considerable. It hasn't changed
my religious (or political) beliefs in any way - except that my mind is clearer
and I'm more calm.These kids are being introduced to something which
is truly wonderful and which is a practice - not an end in itself.
"Why are our schools using middle eastern religious practices in our schools?
Before you start flaming me, look up what Yoga really is, and where it comes
from."Perhaps you might want to research the pagan roots of Christianity
Besides, the benifits are wonderful. I used to suffer constant back pain until I
began doing yoga. Now my back feels better. It's also great for helping me when
I get a pinched nerve. But of course it's good to consult a doctor before
starting any excercise program.
Take a deep breath... Yoga is a great way to relax and keep in shape. No one is
trying to teach the kids "Middle Eastern religious practices." Get over it!
And what exactly is Yoga supposed to be really about? I'm an LDS mom who
practises yoga on a weekly basis and I'm not "corrupted".
Oh, no What?! Students are learning about culture and religion in school by
doing Yoga.Schools teach many religions. It is impossible not to
when going into history because most conflicts have religious undertones.
Why are our schools using middle eastern religious practices in our schools? And
starting with SECOND GRADERS? What are they trying to indoctrinate them with
now. Before you start flaming me, look up what Yoga really is, and where it
comes from. You may be surprised.