[ Editor’s note: If Alabama had been serious about banning any “introduction to an hypnotic state” among its school children, they might have found better targets than yoga. Instead of saying the dreaded “namaste”, children are urged to intone “4th down and 9”.

Readers might enjoy the instructor for the tree pose below. Erica P. ]

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed a bill to allow public schools to offer yoga, ending a ban that stood for nearly 30 years.

Handaxe knapped around a fossil shell, West Tofts, Norfolk, England, Ca. 500,000-300,000, Flint, Approx. 5 1/4 x 3 in., Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Every school child should have an introduction to ancient human tools so that as adults they don’t fall into a false narrative.

Christian conservatives who back the ban argued that yoga would open the door for people to be converted to Hinduism.

The new [Alabama] law allows yoga to be offered as an elective for grades K-12.

While it erases a ban that, over the years, some schools had not realized existed, it also imposes restrictions on how yoga should be taught.

Students won’t be allowed to say, “Namaste,” for instance.

Meditation is not allowed.

“Chanting, mantras, mudras, use of mandalas, induction of hypnotic states, guided imagery, and namaste greetings shall be expressly prohibited,” the bill states.

It also requires English names be used for all poses and exercises.

Before any students try a tree pose, they’ll need a parent’s permission slip.

Alabama adopted its yoga ban in schools in 1993, one of many fronts in the culture wars in the United States.

Founding fathers do finger yoga exercise

Read more: npr.org/2021/05/21/999020140/its-now-legal-to-practice-yoga-in-alabamas-public-schools

How to do the Tree Pose,

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13 COMMENTS

  1. Yes, Christianity has its own meditations.
    Yes, Elvin, there are outside insurrectionists trying to weaken American culture. Not everyone agrees on who.

    Yoga is an elective, so if your neighbor’s child learns yoga, is that such a threat to your family’s doctrine?

    • Ok Erica, I guess I have to spell it out for you.
      Back when those who were set on removing Christianity from the classrooms, they worked every angle they could think of, and did not rest until “religion” (Christianity) was kicked out.
      Now those same people are tipping their hand, in that, by promoting an eastern mystical religion, they prove that it wasn’t “religion” they were afraid of, just Christianity; the only real Truth, Way and Life.

    • I keep hearing a refrain in your writing, Elvin. Correct me if I’m wrong. It seems that you fear having outside ideas introduced in case they would pull you from your already determined path. You fear falling off the path, is that correct?

      And you fear that my falling off your path will harm you, too?

  2. Something else is happening as well. Information is being quietly passed, that proves the OT is largely plagiarized from the I-Ching which is known to be vastly older material.
    It is highly visible to the average person by examining hexagram #5 (Legge trans.) , and comparing to chapter 18 genesis. The difference is one is presented as historical falsely, and the other simply lists the data. Numbers is based on the 36 decans and is 36 chapters. Exodus is based on the twenty days twice round 40 even, and Genesis does them both simultaneously.
    Within 15 years it will be common knowledge.

  3. In a secular society, it is imperative to teach comparative religion and mythology.

    If christians are butt hurt by this, they can { at any time } relinquish their tax exempt status.
    It is a single form.
    We defend your right to teach children to drink human blood, so, to me that is the fringe.
    btw,… is holy communion,.. communist ?

  4. Come on, Editors.
    It should be clear there are ulterior, if not hypnotically malign intents conceived in allowing all students down to the Kindergarten level to be instructed in Eastern mysticism.
    Had the permission to teach the unbiblical practices been limited to high school seniors, it would have at least appeared more of a experiential expanding exercise, than a cultural sledgehammer operation.

    • Another thing, are the invisible “fingerprints” all over the legislation granting permission to teach forms of Eastern religions to all students, in schools where their ancestral religion, as well as all other “traditional” religions, has been banned for over 50 years.
      Three guesses whose “fingerprints” they are, and the first 2 don’t count.

    • Since the land was overcome by Europeans a couple hundred years ago, my guess would be that the ancestral religion was more native to the Americas.

      Fundamentalist Christian fear of initiating discussions in the home with their children on topics that they can not prove conclusively is at the root of this mistrust. Notice how the non fundamentalist churches don’t seem to have the same fear of discussing the world with their children.

      Thwarting any kind of broad based liberal arts education is at the core of conservative fear, and this limits their reasoning later in life, along with inability to accept geological truths about Earth.

    • Erica P, do you hear an uncanny, and likely familiar swooshing sound? No need to duck now. It’s past.

    • Not sure I hear that, as it is sometimes drowned out by the fist pounding on the Scofield bible.

    • Subtle hypnosis is an integral part of christianity. Generally, across the board, the progression and length of time of particular practices are the same in the services. Prayer is actually a form of meditation. Most catholic priests are taught multiple forms of meditation. Meditation is not a practice that is owned or created by any single religion and is widely practiced in nearly all of them, and a large percentage of non-religious people also practice multiple forms of meditation knowingly or not. The subtle hypnosis in christianity is perhaps most easily recognized by the chanting, voice cadence , or repetition of spoken word. Automated behaviors. This starts as soon as the young child is brought to church. The modern product of christianity is not indicative of a successful spiritual training. Quite the opposite.

    • David, I believe there is a lot of truth in what you say above.
      But that changes absolutely nothing in the heart of a believer.
      There are about as many different circumstances of situational awareness in the individual experiences of believers at that instant when they first believed in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
      Those differences make no difference. What counts is that our Father in Heaven touched the believers heart.
      I pray He touches your heart too.

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