The parents of two students are claiming that the school is teaching an Eastern religion.
The Encinitas Unified School District, near San Diego, began the program in September to teach Ashtanga yoga as part of the district’s physical education program – and school officials insist the program does not teach any religion.
Lawyers for the parents challenging the yoga program disagreed.
“As a First Amendment lawyer, I wouldn’t go after an exercise program. I don’t go after people for stretching,” said attorney Dean Broyles, who heads the National Center on Law and Policy, which filed the suit on Wednesday in a San Diego court.
“But Ashtanga yoga is a religious-based yoga, and if we are separating church and state, we can’t pick and choose religious favorites,” he said.