Yoga it is, little fella!


Teaching children to move, to warm up, to learn rhythmic movements is not a religious act, the Swiss high court says

LAUSANNE / ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss high court has ruled that the parents of a small boy were out of line in saying their son should not have to take part in his kindergarten class’s yoga course.

The parents went to court over the issue as a matter of religious faith, saying that their Christian beliefs did not allow their son to take part in a Buddhist activity.

Nor were they right in saying the school did not have permission to provide yoga classes, the judge ruled.

Had the teacher burned incense and provided religious chants or music, the situation might be different, the court ruling says, but teaching children to relax, to warm up and to take part in rhythmic movements has no religious connotation.