New Mexico legislator expresses unease about yoga

Posted at: 10/28/2013 9:17 AM
By: The Associated Press


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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A New Mexico legislator has voiced concern that stretching during school physical education activities is really yoga and possibly could introduce children to Eastern religions.
    
The Albuquerque Journal reports that Albuquerque elementary school teacher Ann Paulls-Neal recently spoke to a legislative study committee about student health and obesity.
    
Paulls-Neal said she refers to her class exercises as stretching or mat work rather than yoga because she doesn't want to give the impression that religion is involved.
    
Rep. Alonzo Baldonado expressed concern.
    
The Los Lunas Republican said parents should be notified and given the option of alternative activities for their children because yoga is linked to Eastern religions.
    
Baldonado said he wouldn't want his own home-schooled children to be exposed to non-Christian religious practices.

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