Yoga Leads to Litigation

March 7, 2013

Recently, a complaint was filed in the Superior Court of California, San Diego County for injunctive and declaratory relief against the Encinitas Unified School District Superintendent, Trustees and the the district itself (EUSD) alleging that EUSD has violated the religious freedom provisions of the California Constitution and to enjoin EUSD from using state resources to endorse yoga as part of its physical education curriculum. The plaintiffs in this case allege that,“EUSD’s Ashtanga yoga program unlawfully promotes and advances religion, including Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Western metaphysics.” Given how mainstream yoga has become in our culture, I thought this was an interesting case to follow. I also did some research in state statutes and regulations and found some interesting material such as an Alabama State Board of Education regulation which prohibits the use of hypnosis and dissociative mental states which includes yoga.

Research References:

To pull up the complaint in this case: Sedlock v. Baird, 2013 WL 659082 (Superior Court of California, San Diego County, Complaint dated February 20, 2013)

Sample searches for other content on this issue:

yoga meditat! /25 school /25 religi! (53)
Search Type: Boolean T&C
Content: Cases
Jurisdiction: All State & Federal

 SD(yoga)  (2)
Search Type: Boolean T&C
Content: Regulations
Jurisdiction: All State & Federal