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Debating Yoga and Mindfulness in Public Schools: Reforming Secular Education or Reestablishing Religion?

Candy Gunther Brown


The introduction explains how yoga, mindfulness, and meditation entered the U.S. cultural mainstream, including public schools, between the 1970s and 2010s, and why it matters for education, law, and religion. In the 1960s, the U.S. Supreme Court prohibited public schools from endorsing prayer and devotional Bible reading. Yoga and meditation advocates reframed these practices as secular by downplaying religious beliefs and advertising scientific evidence of health benefits and cultivation of universal morality and ethics. Certain promoters used tactics of self-censorship, camouflage, code-swi ... More

Keywords: U.S. cultural mainstream, practices, beliefs, tactics, spirituality, science, definitions, secular, religious, reestablishment of religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781469648484
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469648484.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Candy Gunther Brown, author
Indiana University