Yoga comes to metro Atlanta schools, despite some Christians’ concerns

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Yoga comes to metro Atlanta schools, despite some Christians’ concerns

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May 18, Atlanta: Cheryl Crawford ( center right), of Grounded Kids Yoga, leads Sandtown Middle School students in yoga with P.E. teacher Tracy Baker (next to her in blue shirt), a former science teacher who will be teaching yoga full-time at the school in the fall after earning her yoga teaching credential from Crawford. This session at the Fulton County school's gym was a practice run.

Yoga may be controversial with some conservative Christians, but it’s slowly being accepted into metro Atlanta schools.

There’s little substantial research with evidence that it helps students, but educators who have tried it say it has a calming effect.

Bob Mathis elementary school principal, Dawn Blackwell, introduced yoga into her Cobb County school to calm down disruptive student

A Cobb County educator has sued in federal court alleging her career was damaged by her administration’s reaction to a parental backlash against the yoga she brought to her school. Parents prayed at the campus “for Jesus to rid the school of Buddhism,” her lawsuit says. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary says yoga, with roots in Eastern religion, is incompatible with Christianity.

May 18, Atlanta: Cheryl Crawford (right), of Grounded Kids Yoga, leads Sandtown Middle School students in yoga with P.E. teacher Tracy Baker (next to her in blue shirt), a former science teacher who will be teaching yoga full-time at the school in the fall after earning her yoga teaching credential from Crawford. This session at the school gym was a practice run with Principal Estella Cook (second from left) participating. Ty Tagami/AJC

Despite this, some schools in other metro Atlanta districts are trying yoga as a way to help students control themselves in class and focus on their studies.

Read more at myajc.com.

May 18, Atlanta: Cheryl Crawford (right), of Grounded Kids Yoga, leads Sandtown Middle School students in yoga with P.E. teacher Tracy Baker (in blue shirt), a former science teacher who will be teaching yoga full-time at the school in the fall after earning her yoga teaching credential from Crawford. This session at the Fulton County school's gym was a practice run. Ty Tagami/AJC
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