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March 10, 2010

DEPARTMENT OF GOOD NEWS

WASHINGTON POST - Yoga instructors will not have to bend to state regulators after all, thanks to a measure that two Northern Virginia lawmakers have guided through the General Assembly.

The bill -- HB703, sponsored by Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax) -- would protect yoga training programs from being regulated as "higher education" by the Virginia State Council for Higher Education. Bulova's bill was merged with a similar measure, SB598, sponsored by Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun).

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell signed the bill Tuesday night.

The legislation came about after SCHEV, which regulates vocational training of bartenders, dog-groomers and ballroom-dancing instructors, decided that existing law required them to regulate the training of yogis, as yoga instructors are known. Officials believed that regulating the training of yoga teachers would protect students who sometimes invest serious money in the programs.

But opponents argued that the regulations would add too much cost and interference in a recreational activity that is already governed by consumer protection laws. So the Northern Virginia Democrats crafted language that changes the definition of "vocation," which will also make sure that the SCHEV will not regulate Pilates, karate and other such activities.


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