A Massena, New York, high school is putting its classroom yoga program on hold after a group of parents raised concerns about the separation of church and state, saying that the school should not expose their kids to Hindu rituals, reports AM New York.
"'We are not opposed to the benefits. We can understand the benefits. We are opposed to the philosophy behind it and that has its ties in Hinduism and the way they were presenting it,' said the Rev. Colin Lucid of Calvary Baptist Church in Massena. Lucid said that even in its most basic form yoga is tied to Hinduism."
According to AM New York, a group of parents in Aspen, Colo., successfully demanded the removal of yoga from the local curriculum in 2002. Do parents really have any reason to be concerned?