Ivey signs bill allowing K-12 schools to teach yoga

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama ban on yoga in public schools is no more.

Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed legislation to allow public schools to teach yoga.

The legislation sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jeremy Gray, a former college athlete who did yoga as part of his training, says schools can opt to teach yoga if they choose.

“Studies have shown that yoga helps children cope with daily stressors as well as helping to improve behavior, concentration, mobility, flexibility, and strength. Yoga has become more prevalent than ever as we continue to move through this pandemic. COVID-19 is as much a mental battle as it is a physical battle.”

Rep. Jeremy Gray (D-Opelika)

The new law comes 27 years after the Alabama Board of Education in 1993 voted to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms.

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