Yoga still banned in Alabama public schools, for now, as conservatives cite Hinduism ties

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – A 28-year ban on yoga in Alabama’s public schools may be in place a little longer.

The Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday deadlocked on legislation from Rep. Jeremy Gray, a Democrat, that would lift the prohibition after testimony from Christian conservatives, who claimed it would lead to proselytizing in public schools by followers of Hinduism.

“Yoga is a very big part of practicing Hindu religion,” said Becky Gerritson, a longtime conservative activist. “If this bill passes, then instructors will be able to come into classrooms as young as kindergarten and bring these children through guided imagery, which is a spiritual exercise, and it’s outside their parents view, and we just believe that this is not appropriate.”

Gray dismissed that in a phone interview Wednesday.

“I’ve been doing yoga probably for 10 years now,” he said. “I’ve taught classes for five years, and I can tell you I still go to a Baptist Church every Sunday.”  

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