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No OM and no Namasthe will make Yoga Secular ?

In International on October 10, 2011 at 12:40 pm

TO “om” or not to “om”: For those who teach yoga in schools, that is a question that arises with regularity.�

The little syllable, often intoned by yoga students at the beginning and end of class, signifies different things to different people. But with its spiritual connotations, it is a potential tripwire for school administrators and parents, along with “namaste” and other Sanskrit words, chanting and hands in the prayer position.

The om question ties into the wider debate over the extent to which yoga is entwined with religion. Yoga program directors, who train and place teachers in the schools and develop curriculums, try to avoid setting off a battle like the one that developed over the Lord’s Prayer.

“Every school is different, and every one has their own permutations and parameters of what you can and can’t do,” said Shari Vilchez-Blatt, founder and director of Karma Kids Yoga on West 14th Street, which holds studio classes and sends teachers to private and public schools in New York.

via In Yoga Classes at Schools, Teachers Avoid the Spiritual – NYTimes.com.

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