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Should yoga teachers be required to have a state license?
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June 22, 2006 - 8:59 pm
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Kind Attention: Yogananda


Dear Yogananda,

It seems that regulation of spiritual forms of yoga is foolish. Would the two states regulate prayers, japa, mantra (bhakti yoga) and good deeds (karma yoga). People will continue to practice even if it is not in a storefront studio. What about Yoga in ashrams and churches? Yoga is practiced in religious centers of most faiths.

But here is a problem - "Fitness Yoga" is where some students get hurt. Should the state governments regulate fitness yoga classes like yoga fit, boot camp yoga and Bikram. By his own admission Bikram says he doesn't meditate. He laughs at the spiritual side of yoga. Would this not be the dividing line of yoga regulation? Bhakti, karma, jnana, laya, raja, tantra, mantra, kundalini, yantra, and many forms of hatha aren't exercise classes.


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