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The House of Representatives in Alabama voted 87-17 to allow students to be taught yoga in schools. The state of Alabama had banned yoga starting in 1993. Yoga has roots in India from thousands of years ago with connections to religions including Hinduism and Buddhism. The religious connection is what had led lawmakers in Alabama to ban yoga. However, yoga has spread globally and is now used for many purposes including fitness, flexibility, balance, pain relief, and stress-reduction. It has also been used in schools to help students with decision making skills. While this bill passed the House of Representatives, it will not be signed into law until it passes the Senate and is signed by the governor.

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