Yoga classes in school don’t violate religious freedom

By JUDGE TOM JACOBS

For many in this country, the practice of yoga is an entirely secular (non-religious) experience undertaken for reasons such as increasing physical flexibility, decreasing pain, and reducing stress.  For others, the practice of yoga is a religious ritual, undertaken for spiritual purposes.

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1 guilty plea, 2 others charged, in NJ bridge closing scandal that’s tainted Gov. Christie

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