A school district in Encinitas, California has been teaching Yoga in gym class since last Fall, offering it as an elective that students can choose to participate in. Students do not have to participate, and can opt out if they choose. That apparently wasn't enough for two parents that are suing the school district, claiming that Yoga is inherently religious and the inclusion of it is violating their religious freedom.
The linked article is full of, ahem, interesting quotes by the parents and lawyers representing them, like this gem:
The organization representing the parents claims to represent conservative values, including being anti-gay in every way you could possibly imagine, and anti-abortion."This is frankly the clearest case of the state trampling on the religious freedom rights of citizens that I have personally witnessed in my 18 years of practice as a constitutional attorney," Broyles said.
My take? Nutjobs. All of them. Their kids don't have to take yoga if they don't want, and yoga itself has never had elements of religion for the majority of americans that practice it. It is, quite literally, all about stretching, breath, and relaxation.
If I were the judge I'd order the parents to do an hour of yoga a day, five days a week for the next year as punishment for wasting the court's time and the school district's money.