yoga in the news: yoga facing regulation?

alison west teaching. she’s the head of the Yoga Association of NY State. (photo credit: ruby washington/NY Times)

While in Costa Rica, a friend emailed me this article from a July 11 edition of the New York TImes. Interesting room for debate, it begs the question: should yoga teacher training programs be regulated by state licensing departments? While most vocational schools are regulated (think: hair stylists, massage therapists, truck drivers, manicurists) and therefore, subject to inspections, fees and mandates, yogis and their studios are crying out against this “religious infringement.” Proponents of these regulations say it will certainly guarantee a higher quality of teaching in the yoga world; opponents say it’s a money-driven power grab by state governments to try to control a lucrative industry that continues to grow in this country.

Worth a read, especially if you’re a yoga teacher or thinking about doing a teacher training.


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