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It’s not news that states are cracking down on yoga teacher training programs and asking (in some instances demanding) that yoga schools pay the same licensing fees vocational schools like hairdressing and massage therapy schools pay. After Michigan gave yoga schools two weeks to pay up back in March, Virginia and New York quickly followed suit. Obviously studio owners take exception to the licensing fee, and some have even had to close their doors because they couldn’t afford it.
However, studio owners and teachers in New York have decided to fight back, according to a recent article in the NY Times. Nearly 100 teachers and studio owners from all different styles of yoga have formed the Yoga Association of New York. “Within days, Joseph P. Frey, an associate commissioner with the [NY] State Education Department,
said in an interview that the department would suspend the licensing
effort, allow the classes to continue and instead lobby for legislation
adding yoga to a list of activities that are exempt from regulation,” reported the Times.