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The Coast News
April 4, 2013
by Jared Whitlock
ENCINITAS — During a courtroom hearing last week it was decided a lawsuit demanding the end of a school yoga program will be heard May 20.
Two months ago, the Escondido-based National Center for Law and Policy filed a civil rights lawsuit seeking an injunction against the EUSD (Encinitas Union School District) yoga program on the grounds that it violates the establishment clause, or what’s more commonly known as “separation of church and state.”
“I wouldn’t have filed this lawsuit if I didn’t think we would win,” said Broyles, who represents the law center.
As proof of the religious nature of yoga, Broyle’s legal complaint says that parents witnessed students in the district practicing sun salutations — a series of yoga moves and other poses. The complaint asserts the poses are “worshipful.”
District officials, however, have maintained that the yoga program doesn’t contain any kind of religious component, and that it was built on state and federal fitness standards, not any kind of religious doctrine.
EUSD introduced yoga classes at five of its schools in the fall with a $533,000 grant from the Jois Foundation. In January, yoga debuted at the district’s four remaining schools.
Broyles said expert witness Candy Gunther Brown will testify on behalf of his case. Brown, a religious studies professor at Indiana University, penned a declaration arguing that yoga is inherently religious. She believes yoga can’t be separated from Hinduism, Western metaphysics and other religions.
“Protestants have been prone to misunderstand embodied traditions in which practice is itself an essential expression of religious devotion,” Brown said in the declaration. “For many Hindus and Buddhists, for instance, religious significance exists directly in the doing, rather than secondarily in believing or saying something, while performing bodily or mental practices.”
But David Peck, representing EUSD parents, countered that people don’t view modern yoga studios as religious. And the same goes for the advent of competitive yoga, he added.
“Those aren’t religious; neither is the district’s program,” Peck said.
He added that Brown’s declaration is “80 percent opinion and has no relevance to the case at hand.”
As well as committing to a trial date, the judge during last week’s public hearing let Peck, a lawyer from the Encinitas-based Coast Law Group, intervene in the case.
Peck noted the district’s lawyer, Jack Sleeth, will take the lead in the lawsuit. Both attorneys took the case pro bono.
Peck said he’s representing the parents of more than 130 students in the district.
“Many district parents are interested in preserving this program,” Peck said.
According to the legal complaint, the case will also focus on students who were pulled from the program by their parents and allegedly haven’t been receiving 200 minutes of state-mandated physical education time.
District officials have countered this claim, arguing that EUSD isn’t technically required to provide an alternative program.
Still, they say the district has worked to accommodate those students.
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As you may have read, the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) has been sued for implementing a yoga program in its schools. While there is little debate about the health benefits of yoga, the lawsuit argues that even the most basic yoga poses constitute the practice of religion. In sum, the lawsuit claims EUSD is violating the Constitutional mandate for separation of church and state.
Coast Law Group attorneys believe the lawsuit is ill founded and are committed to seeing it defeated. We have been contacted by many parents and teachers who feel the same way. We intend to seek intervention in the lawsuit to ensure the voices of EUSD students and parents – the real parties in interest – are heard and considered by the court.
If you are the parent of an EUSD student and are interested in participating in the defense of the yoga program, please provide the following information to: sara(at)coastlawgroup.com
Names and grades of currently enrolled EUSD students:
Name(s) of Parent(s):
Respondents will be contacted by a CLG representative for further coordination. There is absolutely no obligation to participate. Coast Law Group intends to represent its clients in this matter on a pro bono (free of charge) basis.
For additional information, please see the following:
- Complaint initiating the lawsuit
Recent media coverage:
- Lawsuit targets school yoga
- District adds yoga to all schools despite opposition
- Lawyer threatens to sue school district over its plan to teach students yoga
For further information, contact Coast Law Group, LLP, 1140 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 942-8505; sara(at)coastlawgroup.com
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