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  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    July 8, 2013 4:23 p.m.

    32843, maybe so, it was very normal then and even as recently as 100 years ago, for a son to follow in his fathers profession, and all of the people on Nazareth believed that Jesus was the son of Joseph the carpenter. (he was also a desendant of Jesse who was the father of David who was King of Israel)

  • 32843 PROVO, UT
    July 3, 2013 1:16 p.m.

    Just like Americans to secularize a several millenniums old oriental spiritual practice. Spiritual is not necessarily religious. The physical postures is only one of three important components of Yoga. The other two are proper breathing and meditation. Doing just the postures will provide some health benefits, but, no more so than riding a bike or jogging. What makes Yoga a powerful spiritual practice is when you combine the postures with proper breathing techniques and meditation.

    Christians condemn Yoga because they think it is a heathen practice falling outside the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What they do not wish to acknowledge are the many ancient records found throughout Asia, and as far as western China, that describe visits by Jesus where he was taught the Yoga Sutras. After all, what do you think Jesus was doing during those 30 or so years the scriptures fall silent on? Building chairs in his fathers wood shop?

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    July 3, 2013 11:04 a.m.

    Good decision!

  • Eliyahu Pleasant Grove, UT
    July 3, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    Christians have been complaining for decades about religion being excluded from schools and demanding that it be let back in. The thinking error on their part was making the assumption that if religious practices were allowed in as part of the curriculum, it would be their own religion and not that of someone else. I'm personally opposed to letting schools sponsor or promulgate any sort of religious practices. However, if someone is going to campaign to get religion back into public schools, he has to accept that the religion that shows up in the classroom may not be the same one he practices on Sundays.

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    July 3, 2013 9:11 a.m.

    Couple of points to make –

    First, to the Christians who were offended by the yoga class, you really need to read your own book and pay special attention to the many part were Jesus chastises the hypocrites (Jesus saved his most damning scorn for religious hypocrites).

    Second, there are different types of yoga. What we mostly have in this country is the type that focuses purely on physical health, which sounds like what this class was. That type of yoga is about as religious as a Bowflex machine.

    Now if the kids were spending a half hour sitting in the lotus position chanting “om” then the plaintiffs may have point.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    July 3, 2013 8:37 a.m.

    I find yoga to be innocuous, even healthy. And it's delicious on waffles.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    July 3, 2013 7:08 a.m.

    I have practiced and taught yoga for over 30 years and never involved religion. I will admit when saluting the sun as it arises in the sky fills me with deep peace. As a science teacher in public schools I often use some yoga moves with students to relax and calm them down. They always want to do a set before a test. Yoga has many benefits and in my opinion should be made available to all students.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    July 3, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    "A California judge has ruled that it's a real stretch to suggest yoga is always religious."

    By the same token, it is a real stretch to suggest that Religion is always religious.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    July 2, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    When you pray to the sun each morning, the reason that is not like a Christian praying to God is because the sun is actually real!

    Of course yoga is not religious. It is grounded too much in reality to be religious.