Alabama lawmakers may approve bill allowing yoga in schools

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Hindu statesman Rajan Zed

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama lawmakers might lift a decades old ban on yoga in public schools.  

The bill by Rep. Jeremy Gray of Opelika would let local school systems decide if they want to teach yoga, poses and stretches.  

Alabama House of Representatives will hear bill HB235 on Tuesday March 10th.  

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, urged Alabama state legislators to wake up to the needs of Alabama pupils and support introduction of multi-beneficial yoga in schools.  

Many public universities and city governments in Alabama already offered yoga. In addition to this, many Alabama churches hosted yoga classes.  

Alabama Department of Education Administrative Code 290­040­040­.02 continues to declare: School personnel shall be prohibited from using any techniques that involve the induction of hypnotic states, guided imagery, meditation or yoga. 

Rajan Zed pointed out that this “prohibition” was doing a disservice to Alabama’s K-12 public school students and denying them the valuable opportunities yoga provided. If yoga was rewarding in universities-cities-churches, why Alabama was keeping it away from its K-12 public school students; Zed wondereds  

According to a report by US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Yoga is the most popular complementary health approach in the United States – used by 14.3% of the adult population, or 35.2 million people”.  

According to US National Institutes of Health, yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress.  

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