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District Accepts Grant to Expand Yoga Program

By guest blogger Gina Cairney

Parents opposed to the districtwide yoga program in Encinitas, Calif., may want to find a meditation class to help them cool their jets because the curriculum won't be going anywhere any time soon.

If anything, it's about to get bigger.

The Encinitas Unified School District accepted a $1.4 million grant last month to expand its existing yoga program, which sparked a lawsuit earlier this year, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A judge ruled last month that the program taught in the district's public schools weren't religious in nature and didn't break any laws.

Dan Broyles, the lawyer who filed the lawsuit told the Union-Tribune he plans to appeal the decision.

The grant comes from the Sonima Foundation, formerly the Jois Foundation, and will increase the number of teachers and help write a curriculum focused on positive character traits, according to the Union-Tribune.

The foundation is funding a three-year study on the effects of yoga on students, according to the paper, and plans to create a curriculum that will be free to schools.

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