If you’ve been reading our coverage, you know that the debate about the Sonima Foundation’s yoga-in-schools program has had its highest profile in the courts.
Now there’s a new angle.
At this week’s Encinitas Union School District board meeting, an eighth-grader spoke to the board, asking them to stop the program for health and safety reasons.
Health and safety reasons, you ask. Yes. She says the yoga tore cartilage in her hips. Here’s the U-T San Diego’s coverage:
She and her parents told the U-T that she participated in a variety of yoga warm up and stretching exercises over five months that caused the cartilage tear.
“I spent a number of nights crying,” said Katie, who played soccer and basketball and was nearly a black belt in karate before the injury.
Her parents, Darryn and Karen Prince, said they didn’t actually discover the hip problems until Katie’s seventh grade year at Diegueno Middle School when she continued to complain about pain. Her diagnosis didn’t come until late 2013 following visits to a pediatrician and an orthopaedic surgeon.
“We didn’t know it was coming as a result of yoga until we were told this,” said Karen Prince.
The family was joined at Tuesday’s meeting by about 20 supporters — most of whom were wearing yellow t-shirts with “I’m for P.E.” printed on the front.
The board didn’t comment back at the meeting — but this is now something (else) to watch.
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