After a virtually 30-year battle, it’s lastly authorized for college students to apply yoga in Alabama’s public colleges.
But it’s nonetheless forbidden for them to utter the standard Sanskrit salutation “namaste.” Nor is meditation — or the sound “om” — allowed.
“Chanting, mantras, mudras, use of mandalas, induction of hypnotic states, guided imagery, and namaste greetings shall be expressly prohibited,” states the brand new measure that was signed into regulation Thursday by GOP Gov. Kay Ivey.
The regulation, which works into impact in August, additionally requires that English names be used for all poses and workouts. And to apply yoga in school college students will want a dad or mum’s permission slip saying they perceive it’s linked to Hinduism.
The state banned yoga in 1993 after an enormous battle in opposition to it by conservative Christians who claimed it was a gateway to conversion to Hinduism. Some of the identical overheated rhetoric was lobbed at the new measure, however failed to dam it.
Gobsmacked critics blasted the “hopelessly stupid” laws.
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