Yoga Fans Not at Peace With State Regulation

By Omar Villafranca
|  Thursday, Mar 17, 2011  |  Updated 12:00 AM CDT
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Yoga Fans Not at Peace With State Regulation

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Yoga fans are in their "warrior pose" over regulation that affects studios that offer yoga-teacher training.

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Yoga fans are in their "warrior pose" over regulation that could affect studios that offer yoga-teacher training.

The Texas Workforce Commission has sent letters to places that offer yoga teacher training programs, telling them to become a state-licensed career school, show why they should be exempted or shut down.

But yoga studio owners say licensing is a bad idea.

"I think it's a mistake to assume that a yoga center is anything like a career school or vocational school," said David Sunshine, the owner of the Dallas Yoga Center.

Sunshine said yoga teachers are more like guides than instructors.

He also said that governmental regulation would cost his business money. He estimated that getting licensed would cost more than $10,000 in fees and force him to hire an accountant.

Ultimately, such regulation could shut down yoga studios, he said.

"There would be a lot less yoga in Texas, and that's a sad thing," Sunshine said.

The Texas Yoga Association is asking lawmakers for an exemption for yoga instruction.

New York and Virginia have recently allowed exemptions for yoga instructors.

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