Thursday, May 19, 2011

Regulating (or not) yoga

Yoga at the beach (

To regulate or not?, Susan Campbell (StillSmallVoice,
A bill that's moving toward Texas Gov. Rick Perry would seek to exempt from regulation the training of the people who teach yoga in the Lone Star State. That has opened a whole can of worms of who -- if anyone -- should regulate yoga, writes Andrea R. Jain, at Religion Dispatches:

"Soul of Yoga" at Stake in Texas Regulation Push
Prof. Andrea R. Jain, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ., Indianapolis
A vote away from the desk of Texas Governor (and potential 2012 Republican candidate for president) Rick Perry is a bill that has ignited a debate over the so-called “soul of yoga” and who, if anybody, is entitled to regulate it. SB 1176, which recently passed both the Senate and the House committee on Economic & Small Business Development, would exclude yoga from the definition of “post-secondary education,” thus exempting yoga teacher training programs from career school licensing requirements.