NEW YORK, MAR 13 – Alabama students may soon return to yoga without having to hide: the important thing is not to say ‘namaste’. With 73 votes in favor and 25 against, the state parliament approved a measure to remove the 28-year ban on yoga in public schools. It was in fact 1993 when the Alabama Board of Education banned it in the wake of opposition from conservative groups on its Hindu roots. The approved measure then reopens yoga as long as chants and words such as ‘namaste’ are excluded. “No measure is perfect,” says Congressman Jeremy Gray, the initiator of the measure. “What interests me is the big picture, which is to make yoga accessible in public schools,” he adds. Despite the go-ahead from parliament and the vast popularity of yoga, many conservative groups criticize the provision as they believe children are susceptible and if they are taught yoga, then they can go to Google and find information on its spiritual aspects. (HANDLE).