Back in July, I posted an entry NYTimes Article: Regulation and Yoga Teacher Training about the following article: Yoga Faces Regulation, and Firmly Pushes Back. Yoga teachers came together to form Yoga for New York:
Yoga for NY was founded in June 2009 by a group of yoga teacher trainers, yoga teachers and yogis determined to minimize government intervention in yoga teacher training. Hundreds of yoga lovers across the state have become involved in one way or another.
The following is a quote from an article that appeared just a few days ago in the New York Times, Yoga License Rebellion May Soon Claim Victory:
The article also mentioned that similar governmental efforts were "successful" in the states of Michigan and Virginia. You can read about how a Michigan Yoga Teacher Charged with Criminal Misdemeanor and what happened when yoga instructors filed suit against "VA regulators, saying the state's plan to regulate the teaching of new yoga instructors infringes on their free speech rights." This from a December 1, 2009 article in the DailyIllini.com, Va. Instructors: Yoga regulations unconstitutional:
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. "People doubted we could do it," said Alison West, a yoga instructor and the executive director of Yoga for New York, a nonprofit group established to fight the regulation effort. "Everyone is very excited."
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The state of Virginia wants to make sure that if you learn to be a yoga instructor, the people who teach you the Half Moon, the Sleeping Vishnu and the Upward Facing Dog poses know what they're doing. But three yoga instructors filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Virginia regulators, claiming that the state's plan to license yoga teacher-training programs is an unconstitutional restriction of free speech."It's just daft. It's just a ridiculous idea," said Suzanne Leitner-Wise, one of the plaintiffs and a yoga instructor who has provided training to U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va. "It's the students who determine whether you're a competent teacher," not the state.
Find out more about the outcome of the VA lawsuit on the following blogs at The United States of Yoga Blog:
February 23, 2010 Senate Bill Passed! VA Yoga Freed from State Regulation
March 10, 2010 Governor Robert F. McDonnell signed the bill Tuesday 9 March!:
The bill — HB703, sponsored by Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax) now protects yoga teacher training programs from being regulated as higher education by the Virginia State Council for Higher Education (SCHEV). Bulova's bill was merged with a similar measure, SB598, sponsored by Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun).
Read more here about the Institute for Justice lawsuit (filed December 1, 2009) and its Virginia Yoga Challenge and/or watch the video below:
Please share your impressions, comments, reflections, and questions on the legislative work of the yoga community and its parallels to the teaching of pilates.
Yours As Always,
Carole : )