The judge who decides whether yoga may be practiced in the Encinitas public schools will need to base his decision on a working definition of religion, and, since religion means different things to different people, that will not be easy.
The word “religion” comes from two Latin roots, the prefix “re-,” meaning again, and the verb “ligio,” meaning tie together, as in the English word “ligature.” But tie what to what? I understand the word broadly to mean a rejoining of the self to whatever gives life meaning. For many Christians it is their belief in God that gives their lives meaning, so religion, for them, is a re-tying of the soul to God. For them this is chiefly accomplished through prayer. Continue reading >> utsandiego.com