Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

Yoga-ban petitioners offer alternative to yoga

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. enjoyed the Yoga Session together with other participants yesterday, June 21, at the Palau National Gym. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)

President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. at the Yoga Session together with other participants on June 21, 2018, at the Palau National Gym. (Rhealyn C. Pojas) File Photo

Leaders of the petition to ban yoga in public schools offered President Remengesau an alternative program to yoga and sought to “correct” the perception that the petition was intended to “impose” their will on others of different beliefs.

Responding to an article published on Island Times on February 22nd, which quoted President Remengesau calling for tolerance and respect of people’s differences,  the petition leaders expressed in a letter addressed to President Remengesau, “Please allow us to correct the misperception that our petition was intended to “impose” our will on others of variant persuasions; on the contrary we sought and still seek to protect our children from what we believed and still believe, is harmful to their well-being.”

The letter offered as an alternative, PowerMovesKids, a program endorsed by U.S. Department of Education combining stretching exercises with positive quotes in schools.

“As this is a year of Innovative Learning and Excellence and with your positive remarks of mutual respect, we look forward to witnessing a similar effort, accorded the yoga curriculum, expended to promote this excellent resource for children.” (L.N. Reklai)