Kids in public school are learning yoga. According to yoga instructor, Mark Blanchard, (of Progressive Power Yoga, he taught children at Colfax Elementary school in California this past November. On his blog, he states: “I will be introducing yoga to all of the kids at the school as I donate a full yoga program.” Blanchard has been featured in many magazines such as Family Circle and Seventeen and has trained many actors and actresses (like Jennifer Lopez and Drew Barrymore). Blanchard plans to “bring Progressive Power Yoga to as many places as I can around the states (as well as the globe) in the coming year.”
Part of Blanchard’s plans include working with Mini Yogis Yoga for Kids. On the Mini Yogis website, they list not only Blanchard’s company but many other organizations as well, many of which are schools like Happy Land Preschool in Culver City and St. Monica’s Elementary School in Santa Monica.
Yoga for kids is on the rise, and if your child attends public school, you may want to check to see if they are teaching him or her yoga. A program called YogaEd provides yoga classes under the heading of “health/wellness” programs for schools. Those programs take place in several states including California, Colorado, New York, Washington and Washington, DC.
Parents whose kids are in Christian schools may need to be concerned too. More and more churches and Christian organizations are opening their doors to the practice of Yoga. And the biggest Christian publisher, Thomas Nelson, published a book titled Yoga for Christians earlier this year. It’s just a matter of time before kids in Christian schools will be learning Yoga and eventually the art of meditation.
It is tragic to know that countless public school children are being taught eastern mysticism and will learn how to say “Namaste (the god in me greets the god in you) before they learn that they can have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ without going into altered states through meditation. And it is equally tragic that much of Christendom will not be able to help them because they are doing the same practices through their spiritual formation programs in their churches.
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Youngsters sit quietly for yoga (Pennsylvania)
Yoga Kids (Massachusetts elementary schools)