For me, I have clarity with "Is yoga a religion?" debate. Explaining my clarity isn't always, well clear.
I teach kids yoga in public schools from time to time. Before I enter a classroom or gym, the parental permission slips need to be signed. And there is always a handful of parents who opt their children out citing religion .
I do not teach religion. I teach yoga, especially to elementary school children.
I teach breathing and smiling. I teach strong Warrior poses and soft Butterfly poses. We discuss happy colors and sad colors and mad colors and different colors. I teach kids to share the love in their hearts; and I teach kids their voice is being heard. I teach that action is a Sun Salute or a hug. And I teach that rest is coloring a mandala or eyes closed quiet time.
Is this religion? Does it take a court to rule if it is safely not religious to be taught in schools? Yes, recently it did in California.
I do not write about this debate. But many writers tackle the details head on.
Please check out this great new resource from Bob Weisenberg, my former Editor at elephant journal; Best of Yoga Philosophy on Facebook and everywhere else: Twitter, Linkedin and Pinterest.
He has gathered many opinions for us to read, join in the chat or not.
You many not find answers, but you may find a little clarity.