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March 15, 2010

YOGA TEACHERS BEAT BACK STATE BUREAUCRACY AGAIN

NY TIMES - When the state notified yoga studios that the instruction of yoga teachers would soon fall under government oversight, the last thing it expected was a battle.

But yoga teachers across a wide range of disciplines, from the body sculpting to the spirit enhancing, quickly began a coordinated attack on the state effort, hoping to avoid a cumbersome licensing process.

In the next 10 days, almost a year after the dispute began, Gov. David A. Paterson is expected to approve a bill that would exempt training programs for yoga teachers from state regulation under laws intended to provide oversight of vocational schools. . .

The issue arose in April, when the Education Department sent a letter ordering yoga studios to halt their intensive programs, known as teacher trainings, and apply for licenses - or face up to a $50,000 fine. The state requirements, which apply to vocational schools like those that teach hairdressers, massage therapists and computer technicians, are intended to create minimum standards and provide oversight of the institutions that teach students a trade.

VIRGINIA YOGA VICTORY


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