A school program to fight childhood obesity that includes yoga is drawing complaints from some Christian parents in the Quesnel area in B.C.'s Cariboo region.
They say yoga is a religion, and shouldn't be taught in public schools.
Chelsea Brears, who has two children in the school system, said her son was asked to do different poses and "to put his hands together."
Brears, a Christian, said she doesn't want her children exposed to another religion during class time.
"It's not fair to take prayer out, and yet they're allowing yoga, which is religion, in our schools."
Local rancher Audrey Cummings doesn't believe Christian children should be doing yoga at all.
"There's God and there's the devil, and the devil's not a gentleman. If you give him any kind of an opening, he will take that."
The two women have complained to the education minister and the Quesnel school board.
But school board chair Caroline Neilsen said the yoga is being taught as a stretching exercise, not as a spiritual practice.
Neilsen also noted that children who don't want to practise yoga can do different exercises or leave the classroom.
It is totally possible to teach yoga without any religious connotations. Hell - I am taking it up because I think it'll help my rock climbing. And if you've ever done yoga, you know how good of a workout it is. If they teach spiritualism and chi along with the yoga, then yeah, that's religion and should be removed. However, it is totally possible to teach the necessary movements and poses without teaching that you should be getting in touch with your chi or such.
Let's just ban all PE in school, kids moving around playing sports, well that will just open the door for the devil, when they're out of breath he'll swoop in and take them!