Trial Scheduled for Controversial EUSD Yoga Lawsuit

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A trial date for a civil rights case involving the hotly-contested yoga curriculum offered to students at the Encinitas Union School District has been scheduled for May 20.

The existing lawsuit, Sedlock vs. Baird, was filed by concerned parents of EUSD on behalf of attorney Dean Broyles from the National Center for Law and Policy. The suit alleges that the district had incorporated Ashtanga yoga into the school’s curriculum, which “unlawfully promotes religious beliefs” and violates the U.S. Constitution, it says (I-W, March 8).

UT San Diego recently reported that San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer admitted in court that he also practices yoga. Broyles explained that he would not have an issue with the judge presiding over the case, as long as he would be able to “keep an open mind about the plaintiff’s argument regarding spiritual connections to yoga,” reported the paper

The yoga curriculum was implemented last year as part of a larger health and wellness initiative after EUSD received a $533,000 grant from the K.P. Jois Foundation.

David A. Peck, an attorney from Coast Law Group representing the association “Yes! Yoga for Encinitas Students,” recently filed an ex parte application March 28 to intervene in the case. Over 100 students from nine of the schools at EUSD and their parents are represented by the association, and support the school district’s decision to uphold the yoga curriculum.