Yes, there’s still a lawsuit about yoga in Encinitas schools

Lest you think that lawsuit against the Sonima Foundation-funded yoga program in Encinitas schools just disappeared with the first ruling in favor of yoga, think again. As promised, the opponents last fall filed an appeal. And now the supporters have got some additional legal firepower as they work on their response, which is due in mid-August. … Continue reading Yes, there’s still a lawsuit about yoga in Encinitas schools

Encinitas parents told to protect their kids from yoga, and other news from this week

Turns out, this was a good week for yoga in the news. And that, of course, means news of both the good and bad variety. I’ll start with the one most relevant to Ashtanga. I know you’re sick of it, but get used to it: The Encinitas yoga in school story ain’t going no where: … Continue reading Encinitas parents told to protect their kids from yoga, and other news from this week

Opponents of yoga in Encinitas schools file appeal

The National Center for Law & Policy, the law firm that brought the lawsuit against the Encinitas Union School District, has followed through with its promise to appeal the ruling in that original case that found the yoga program didn’t violate First Amendment rights to religious freedom  — and it’s done so in some pretty … Continue reading Opponents of yoga in Encinitas schools file appeal

Encinitas schools to expand yoga program with new grant

Encinitas Union School District leaders on Wednesday agreed to accept a $1.4-million grant from the Sonima Foundation — formerly the Jois Foundation — to expand its yoga program to all district schools. We noted the possibility earlier. And for those just coming out of their sadhu cave, this is the yoga program that garnered all … Continue reading Encinitas schools to expand yoga program with new grant

Report: Jois Foundation now Sonima, looks to expand Encinitas yoga program

A couple pieces of news from Encinitas today. The first is that the Jois Foundation has renamed itself the Sonima Foundation. From the U-T San Diego: At the conclusion of the Superior Court trial, Jois Foundation CEO Gene Ruffin announced that his organization was changing its name to reflect a broader mission about health and … Continue reading Report: Jois Foundation now Sonima, looks to expand Encinitas yoga program

Opponents to yoga in Encinitas schools claim to have ‘smoking gun’

I’m just going to present some facts here, and then add a little something else from our archives — and you can do the rest. The National Center for Law & Policy minutes ago sent out a press release claiming to have a “smoking gun” that proves the Encinitas Union School District’s yoga program was … Continue reading Opponents to yoga in Encinitas schools claim to have ‘smoking gun’

Encinitas yoga trial ruling: Yoga wins

The yoga program in Encinitas schools can continue, a judge in San Diego County has just ruled. The program does not involve teaching religion, he concluded. Here is what the supporters have put out: WE WON!! This morning Judge Meyer issued his ruling denying the plaintiffs’ request that EUSD “suspend its unconstitutional religiously based physical … Continue reading Encinitas yoga trial ruling: Yoga wins

What both sides are thinking ahead of Encinitas yoga trial ruling

We are supposed to have a ruling in the Encinitas yoga trial at 9 a.m. Reports say the judge took last week and this weekend to give the issue ample time. It seems as though there are three potential scenarios, none of which are too surprising: The judge rules for the defendants broadly, saying there … Continue reading What both sides are thinking ahead of Encinitas yoga trial ruling

It’s nearly a wrap in the Encinitas yoga trial

Nine hours of arguments this week focused on this question: Is yoga religious? And with that, the trial involving the Encinitas school district, the Jois Foundation and kids doing yoga in school is over, well except for the judge’s ruling. The Coast News has a solid round up of things: Attorney David Peck, representing 150 … Continue reading It’s nearly a wrap in the Encinitas yoga trial

Encinitas yoga trial: ‘There’s a worldview being taught’

It turns out, Wednesday is not going to be the final day of the Encinitas yoga trial. According to reports, the plaintiff’s attorney, Dena Broyles of the National Center for Law & Policy, spoke for five hours during his closing statements. Yes, five hours. And so today the defense will get its chance, and a … Continue reading Encinitas yoga trial: ‘There’s a worldview being taught’