Mr. Gray stated that his bill would allow schools and students to decide whether to attend or attend yoga classes. It has also been said that public school teachers cannot say “Namaste”, a frequently used salutation in yoga or any kind of chanting.
“You have to compromise to get that bipartisan support,” he said.
Mr. Gray came to this case largely by coincidence. In a speech in 2019 at a public high school in Auburn, Ala., He mentioned that yoga helped him stay on the ground while performing his responsibilities.
After their comments, the teachers told them that they were unable to arrange practice for their students. “That’s how I learned how it was banned,” Mr. Gray said.
At the time of the ban in 1993, parents in the state were expressing concern not only about yoga but also about hypnosis and “psychotherapeutic techniques”. according to a April 1993 article in The Aniston Star, A mother in Birmingham said her child had brought home a missing tape from school, which made a boy “visually high”. Montgomery Advertiser Reported.
But for former football player Mr. Gray, yoga has long been a useful part of his exercise regimen. The gentle stretch helped him calm down after exercise, he said, while breathing exercises strengthened his lungs. (He said that he may have helped him recover early from last year’s Kovid-19 match.)
He introduced his first bill to challenge the yoga ban in 2019, but it quickly failed. His second attempt passed in the House in 2020, but was put back on the burner due to an epidemic.
This time, Mr. Gray is optimistic about Bill’s prospects. He said that Tom Whale, a Republican senator, had agreed to pursue legislation in the Senate where, like the House, Republicans have a majority. (Mr. Whatley did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Friday.)