- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Georgia elementary school is removing any religious elements from its yoga breaks for students after parents raised concerns that their children were being indoctrinated.

School leaders at Bullard Elementary in Cobb County held a meeting with parents last week to address the “many misconceptions” over the issue that “created a distraction in our school and community,” according to an email to parents from Principal Patrice Moore, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

“While we have been practicing de-stressing techniques in many classrooms for years, there have been some recent practices associated with mindfulness that are offensive to some,” Ms. Moore wrote.

From now on, Bullard students who participate in yoga breaks during class will not be asked to say the word “namaste” nor put their hands by their hearts — a gesture often used as a greeting derived from Hindu custom, The Journal-Constitution reported.

Ms. Moore also wrote that, although teachers have “never used nor taught about crystals having healing powers during these breaks, we understand it has become a belief. Therefore we will ensure that nothing resembling this will be done in the future.”

Some parents complained that the students were being taught how to pray over crystals.

“Now we can’t pray in our schools or practice Christianity but they are allowing this Far East mystical religion with crystals and chants to be practiced under the guise of stress release meditation,” parent Christopher Smith wrote on Facebook, Raw Story reported. “This is all without parents knowledge or approval. This is very scary. Parents beware of what your children are being taught without your knowledge.”

Another parent, Bekka Miller Fedusiv, said “rogue teachers” singled out students and taught them how to pray over crystals and gave them books on Buddhism, Raw Story reported.

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