Saturday, October 11, 2014

Parent's Complaint Drops Yoga at Austrian School; Mother Argued Yoga Is Against Christian Teaching

An Austrian primary school has dropped yoga classes for children after a mother argued that yoga goes against Christian teachings, the Irish Times website reports today (October 11, 2014).

Yoga teacher Ingrid Karner said she was told to stop classes at the school in the southeastern village of Dechantskirchen after a complaint "that it's not allowed, according to the Bible."

School principal Maria Hofer told the Die Kleine Zeitung newspaper that no parents complained when courses started this year. But she said they were stopped after the unidentified mother said even the word "yoga... had negative effects."

School inspector Helga Thomann said schools should not offer anything linked to "esoteric" practices. Yoga has its origins in Hinduism and Buddhism.

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