New Mexico Lawmaker's Objection To Yoga In Schools Is A Stretch

A New Mexico lawmaker opposes yoga in schools because he says the practice may be considered religious.

Rep. Alonzo Baldonado (R-Los Lunas) expressed these concerns about in-school lululemon outlet yoga during a recent meeting for the Legislative Education Study Committee in Santa Fe, where teachers and a physician gathered to discuss student health and ways to combat childhood obesity, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Although a gym teacher from John Baker Elementary School said she neither defines her “stretching or mat lululemon athletica work” as yoga nor mentions religion, Baldonado, who is on the committee, said the practice is still linked to Eastern religions like Buddhism and Hinduism. “Are we teaching cheap lululemon yoga in public schools now?” he asked. “Are parents notified?”

Baldonado said he wouldn't want his Christian children exposed to such a practice, the Albuquerque lululemon sale Journal reported. He insisted he has nothing against Eastern religions, but, when his home-schooled daughters have private swim lessons that involve yoga, they choose to opt out.

"We have the authority, the charge from God, to raise our children as we see fit," he said.

"I think it tends to open a door to a practice tied to a religious belief," he said in an interview after the lululemon hearing, according to the Daily Times. "There is a good population of people out there who feel that way, so we have to ask if another option is available for them." He later added, "If I started reading scriptures from the Bible in schools, I'm sure there would be objections."

State Sen. Bill Soules (D-Las Cruces), who is a teacher in Las Cruces, dismissed the issue as a "concern of the discount lululemon far right," according to the Daily Times. He posited that algebra has roots in religion.