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Mindfulness, Yoga and Schools – An Opportunity or a Problem?

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The debate on the use of Mindfulness and Yoga in Catholic schools has raised the issue of Catholic attitudes to non-Christian religions. Having origins in non-Christian religions do these practices carry spiritual connotations which may not be compatible with Christian practices or teaching? This issue can seem bizarre to teachers of Mindfulness and Yoga who, on the whole, don’t see their practices as religious. Certainly in schools they are usually taught as a mental-physical calming exercises to encourage pupils to pay attention, and not generally regarded as spiritual. So, from the beginning, the two sides of the debate don’t agree on what they are talking about.

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