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

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.

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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.

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.


Credit: Ty Tagami/AJC

Credit: Ty Tagami/AJC