- MO: [LATimes] “The state, which views the discipline as strictly recreational, has levied a 4% tax on studio owners and instructors. But yogis say their pastime should be exempt as a spiritual pursuit.”
- VA: Yesterday there was a Washington Post editorial on the case of VA State vs. Yoga Studios (with teacher training programs). We’ve been keeping an eye on the battle and know that the yoga teachers and studio owners are holding strong against the bureaucratic bullies.
- Yoga as Spiritual [Yahoo] A Pew Poll suggests yoga is more than a physical practice.
According to the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, nearly six in 10 Americans from all religions blend their faith with New Age and Eastern beliefs, like astrology, reincarnation, and the spiritual – not just physical – benefits of yoga.
“What we’re really finding here that we haven’t known before is how much Americans mix and match their religious beliefs and practices. That is, how often people who are regular churchgoers also believe in things like astrology and reincarnation,” said Alan Cooperman of the Pew Forum. “Individual Americans hold within themselves elements of diverse religious traditions. And they practice in many cases, more than one faith.”