Originally posted by wolfgang59
My GP recommended yoga classes to me ... I didn't realise I was risking
being thrown out of the United Church of Atheism for dislocating my limbs!
I don't know if anyone here actually does yoga and could answer this question...
Does yoga normally involve believing in/being told about "spiritual energy" or souls,
afterlives, gods, or anything supernatural?
If it simply involves exercise and meditation then it's not religious... even if it originated
in a religion.
Even if it does normally involve belief in the supernatural, I don't think it would qualify
as a religious activity if these kids are only doing the exercise/meditation aspects of it.
Perhaps in the same way that giving presents, having a tree and decorations at Christmas,
are not in of themselves inherently religious activities.
If the exercise regime of yoga has health benefits, and the meditation helps relax and focus
the kids then I don't see a problem. As long as they are not given any supernatural baggage
to go along with it.