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Should yoga teachers be required to have a state license?
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Mark Franklin

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June 22, 2006 - 8:59 pm
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Namaskar Tehnyk2 and Everyone,

I thank you for understanding and laughing at my jokes. <img decoding=" title="Laughing" /> My intention is to make all of you laugh and think outside the box. I never expected for the State of New York to take my advice. Worse yet, they used the Yoga Alliance info to go after all of the registered yoga teacher training schools. Since then the yoga schools managed to get some help within the NY state government.

In both New York and New Jersey, yoga teachers stood on yoga being a tool for spiritual growth. In Michigan and Virginia the states have managed to temporarily regulate yoga training centers that groom teachers. To regulate yoga centers that certify yoga teachers is "UNCONSTITUTIONAL."

US First Amendment - Religion and Expression

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yoga is not a tatoo or a hair cut!!!!!!!!!!! VA and MI have broken federal law. If you are a Yoga teacher and live in Virginia or Michigan, you should band together and take this to the court system.

My case is simple: Yoga centers teach spiritual growth. Mantras, mudras, pranayama, meditation, yogic history, yogic philosophy, yama, and niyama are not physical exercises. Yes, asana is taught in many hatha and ashtanga classes. But these schools also teach the full package.

If you want to regulate exercise, you can find it in some health clubs. Even a few health clubs have genuine Yoga classes. Are Virginia and Michigan going to regulate bhakti, kundalini, mantra, and Christian Yoga. US Yoga teachers UNITE. This is a challenge to your rights and spiritual practices aren't supposed to be regulated by the government.

Kindest Regards to All of You!


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