I second what Ron has said, this is unacceptable! Government is going broke so they want to find another income stream to set things right. Yoga community stick together, their is no upside to this. Yogis are finding away to get their training and don't need to be financed in this way.
This is a great article, but there isn't any talk about liability!!! I had a friend get sued by a client for a back injury, don't get caught out yourselves.
There is an upside to this. If yoga schools are licensed and accredited, they may be able to receive financial aid, which would help students greatly. I am planning on attending teacher training eventually, but the cost is prohibitive, especially when I have to account for travel and a place to live during training.
in a word: NO. This is yet another solution in search of a problem. State control and revenue scheming, as usual. If protecting consumers were a priority I can think of countless other issues the state can go regulate on our behalf. Wisconsin is not a model to be followed... for anything. I have a mudra for 'em all, it involves the Saturn finger.
Can regulation be made to sound reasonable? Rational? Even beneficial? Sure. We like to run a tight ship. They could sell consulting for a fee and good-housekeeping seal when a studio meets the goals. But they don't because it's about power. As a people we must tell gov. to stand down, enough is enough. Part of the awakening consciousness in the globe is exactly that.
This is why the Yoga Alliance was a bad idea from the beginning. Apparently the YA's initial purpose of being a "nonprofit that helps the industry regulate itself" has completely failed if the states are getting involved to regulate the industry now. The YA is like a union where you have to pay dues just to have a job and to work. It's a scam. I have completed a YA-approved 200hr training but I refuse to register with the YA. Does this make me less of a teacher? No, it does not. One of the most sadistic and unethical teachers I've had the displeasure of taking classes from was an E-RYT500. And I'm fairly certain that gurus in India did have a certificate of registration hanging on their walls.
I am all for teachers being certified,but not for the government to be involved. Let the yoga alliance be our monitor so that we can have better teachers. I am a yoga teacher and am certified and I never stop learning. I am always going to workshops and have taken three teacher training programs. yes, we need good schools, but is it necessary for our gov to show us the way, can't we as yogis through the yoga Alliance police ourselves.
Licensure became an issue as a consequence of this gymnastic exercise approach to a holistic philosophy. When "yoga" became a commodity to be marketed, this was inevitable. This journal continues to refer to yogic practitioners/teachers as "Yogis". This is shocking within the Eastern/Indian context as one does not anoint themselves with titles that indicate the highest realms of attainment. Patanjali has been sold out to crass commercialism.
In a word: NO
Whatever I start to write takes me into a long-winded polemic of one kind or another. I end up feeling like a senator in a filibuster.
You think it out to your own satisfaction. I'm content to support NY with their push back and kill any such notion coming to CA.
I love improvements, proof of fiscal stability and other 'standards' of value. But not from the state. It's YA's criteria, let them give out the gold stars.
We can all chew the pros and cons of it. But don't waste your breath. If the state really wants to protect us from ourselves, they can go regulate the food and agriculture industry. That, we need, immediately.
Certification is a great idea. Why though does the government need to get involved? You're not forced to attend a class or studio with uncertified teachers. Once government gets involved, already high prices go up and more debt is always created.
Certfiication should be encouraged but not mandatory and be run and monitored by a private body of experienced practioners for a nominal fee.
I've seen enough mediocre or outright ignorant yoga "teachers" (and the damage their uninformed teaching has caused) to find the idea of regulating the licensing of yoga teachers and yoga schools quite appealing.
I'm not informed about the details of US licensing - maybe there's some (or too much) hypocrisy involved, I don't know - but when it comes to putting an end to all these unregulated and unsupervised so-called teacher trainings (like the one mentioned in the above article: a "four-week, live-in, intensive training" - after which you're supposed to be able to teach yoga?! seriously?!?) I'm all for it.
Those serious about yoga, responsible teaching and thorough teacher training could only gain from a regulation process.