Republican in Congress Declares Yoga Public Enemy #1
When you think of a significant problem facing the United States of America today, what comes to mind?
Threats to civil liberty?
Motor vehicle deaths, perhaps?
Well, step aside, you. Republican congressman Matt Salmon of Arizona has decided that the big social problem we must confront and overcome is…
wait for it…
I’m not kidding. Rep. Salmon has used his valuable discretion and time to write, introduce and advocate for H.R. 5242. The purpose of this bill: “to prohibit executive agencies from using funds for yoga classes or instruction.”
Never mind that in randomized controlled trials, yoga instruction in the workplace has been shown to reduce stress, increase sleep quality, and decrease psychological maladjustment among workers, three factors that affect productivity and workplace effectiveness.
Never mind all that. Yoga is evil. Yoga is the enemy. Yoga must be crushed. So saith the Arizona Elephant.
What say you?