Yoga comes to At­lanta schools, de­spite some con­cerns

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION - BY TY TAGAMI THE AT­LANTA JOUR­NAL-CON­STI­TU­TION (TNS)

Yoga may be con­tro­ver­sial with some con­ser­va­tive Chris­tians, but it’s slowly be­ing ac­cepted into metro At­lanta schools.

There’s lit­tle sub­stan­tial re­search with ev­i­dence it helps stu­dents, but ed­u­ca­tors who have tried it say it has a calm­ing ef­fect.

A Cobb County ed­u­ca­tor has sued in fed­eral court al­leg­ing her ca­reer was dam­aged by her ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­ac­tion to a parental back­lash against the yoga she brought to her school. Par­ents prayed at the cam­pus “for Je­sus to rid the school of Bud­dhism,” her law­suit says. The South­ern Bap­tist The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary says yoga, with roots in East­ern re­li­gion, is in­com­pat­i­ble with Chris­tian­ity.

De­spite this, some schools in other metro At­lanta dis­tricts are try­ing yoga as a way to help stu­dents con­trol them­selves in class and fo­cus on their stud­ies.

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