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    Stacey, have you looked at their website?

    I would have no problem with my kid taking the class, but the fact is that people would have a very different stance if you substituted the word Christian for Ashtanga. To pretend like these parents don't have a right to be upset when people think that all prayer must be taken out of all schools is wrong. It's either one way or the other. You can't allow one religious aspect and tell the majority that their's isn't acceptable.

    The district is in charge of writing the curriculum and hiring teachers, though the contract stipulated that the instructors must be trained by the Jois Foundation

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    Where do you see that they are bringing religion into the school?

    We used to have a local minister as a substitute. He never brought religion into the classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    Stacey, have you looked at their website?

    I would have no problem with my kid taking the class, but the fact is that people would have a very different stance if you substituted the word Christian for Ashtanga. To pretend like these parents don't have a right to be upset when people think that all prayer must be taken out of all schools is wrong. It's either one way or the other. You can't allow one religious aspect and tell the majority that their's isn't acceptable.

    The district is in charge of writing the curriculum and hiring teachers, though the contract stipulated that the instructors must be trained by the Jois Foundation

    The Jois Family :: Jois Yoga :: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)
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    Quote Originally Posted by wlillie View Post
    Stacey, have you looked at their website?

    I would have no problem with my kid taking the class, but the fact is that people would have a very different stance if you substituted the word Christian for Ashtanga. To pretend like these parents don't have a right to be upset when people think that all prayer must be taken out of all schools is wrong. It's either one way or the other. You can't allow one religious aspect and tell the majority that their's isn't acceptable.

    The district is in charge of writing the curriculum and hiring teachers, though the contract stipulated that the instructors must be trained by the Jois Foundation

    The Jois Family :: Jois Yoga :: Ashtanga Yoga in the Tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (Guruji)
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    The problem with the bolded is that "Christian" is a religion and "Ashtanga" is simply a word in the Sanskrit language that means "eight-limbed." Apples and oranges.

    And yes, I've looked at the Jois website and I found nothing about religion on it.
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    I don't see anything about religion there either.
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    Are they going to skip practice on Moon Days?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Are they going to skip practice on Moon Days?
    If they did, would that be a conflict with anyone's religious beliefs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Are they going to skip practice on Moon Days?
    They might not bring practice to school on those days no.. Just like we get Christmas off and Christmas vacation off. Doesn't make it religious. Doesn't force you to partake in any religious encounters.

    My Spanish professor in college was Jewish (I'm assuming still is!) and she took off Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana so our classes were cancelled for her. Never once did I think that meant I had to become a practicing Jewish woman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    They might not bring practice to school on those days no.. Just like we get Christmas off and Christmas vacation off. Doesn't make it religious. Doesn't force you to partake in any religious encounters.

    My Spanish professor in college was Jewish (I'm assuming still is!) and she took off Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashana so our classes were cancelled for her. Never once did I think that meant I had to become a practicing Jewish woman.
    Our elementary school actually closes on the Jewish holidays as well. In this case it may just be that the teachers don't teach on those days.
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    I am fine with that. The town we live in does not have a high population of Jewish residents so they just get an exempted day off. Teachers can take day off too.

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