WARNING: This is not a funny post. I bust one of these out, oh every year or so. Don’t get used to it, folks!
Maybe you’ve heard about the yoga debate happening in our local schools? From what I understand, this topic has become national news.
Here’s the skinny in SurferWife speak:
-Our local elementary schools were given a $500,000 grant from a local yoga foundation. (Yay! No tax payers money!). With this grant, (at our school) K-6 graders get to participate two times a week for 30 minute sessions.
-A small group of parents in the district oppose this because they believe Hinduism is being forced upon their children. Yet we have been told that all religious aspects have been completely removed from the program.
-This same group has found an attorney to represent them and have threatened to sue the district if this program is NOT removed from the entire district. (Remember the whole tax payer money thing I cheered about? Yeah, no. That doesn’t apply here if this happens)
-Tonight there is a district board meeting and this topic is on the agenda. I have signed the petition to keep this fantastic program and urge you to sign if you’d like to see it stay as well. Please head here to sign: Yoga Petition
In addition to being an advocate for all forms of physical education myself, these are the two reasons I desperately want to see the program remain in tact:
My 5th grade mini Surfer: He has the Presidential Physical Fitness Assessment this year. The kid loves his athletics and loves to win awards. This means my guy wants to excel at this state mandated assessment. His main concern? The stretching portion of the test. He isn’t the most flexible and he told me that the stretching during yoga is helping him to meet the goal needed to pass that portion of the test. HE’S HAPPY TO LEARN NEW METHODS OF STRETCHING. Go figure.
My 2nd grade mini Blondie: My little lady loves to put on shows for us. Anytime the girl has our eyeballs glued to her she is in heaven. We now get a weekly recap of the new moves and positions she’s learning in her yoga class. A personal favorite is the pancake where she lays down completely still until she inevitably dissolves into contagious giggles.
My perception? Not a trace of religion is being brain washed into MY children. And if I felt like my family’s religion was in jeopardy because of the stretching, relaxation and breathing techniques being taught to my children in school? I would take that opportunity to re-evaluate WHY I felt threatened. I’d probably use this as a learning opportunity with my own family and invest my energy on building our own strong religious foundation and teaching my children to separate these much needed breathing and stretching techniques from how we practice our own religion in our home. Something magical happens in your brain when you take consecutive deep breaths, friends. I wish more people would take the time to do so and I am ever grateful that my kids have the opportunity to do this between math, science and reading.
Again. This is me. These are my thoughts. And these are my own feelings on why I’d like to see yoga stay put in our schools. If you agree with any of my words up above, I urge you to sign this petition before tonight.