The mission is underway and you can help! Haven’t been keeping up? Read about it here and here.
In short, NY State is in the process of shaking down yoga studios for cash and control over teacher training programs. Yoga for NY is an organization of teachers and studios across the state rallying together to protect yoga in NY and support Senate Bill S.5701A, which will officially exclude yoga teacher training from expensive government licensing and regulations.
And here’s where you can help!
Instructions via Yoga For New York.
Make ONE or TWO Calls to the NYS Senate on Thursday, January 28, or Friday, January 29 or Monday, February 1. (Please mark your calendar to call this Monday!) <–that’s TODAY!
Our target: We are only calling those State Senators who are also member of the Senate Higher Education Committee: Suzi Oppenheimer (Westchester), Liz Krueger (Manhattan), Kevin Parker (Brooklyn), Shirley Huntley (Queens), George Onorato (Queens), Jose Serrano (Bronx), Darrel Aubertine (Jefferson / St Lawrence), Ken Lavalle (Suffolk), John Flanagan (Suffolk), Joe Robach (Monroe), Jim Alesi (Monroe), Joe Griffo (Oneida), George Maziarz (Niagara), and Kemp Hannon (Nassau)
Call (518) 455-2800 (the government operator) and say “May I speak with Senator ______ office” (Ask for the Senator who represents the county closest to you in the above list. If there is more than one – call two times!)
Here’s what you say – keep it simple, say these words and make sure you say the bold part!
“My name is __________________I live/work in the Senator’s district and I am calling to urge his/her support for S.5701A which will be on the Higher Education Committee meeting Tuesday (Feb 2). S.5701A will protect yoga teacher training from burdensome government regulation and ensure that yoga studios stay in business. Thank you”
And let us know by emailing email@example.com how it went. We like to count!
Even Treehugger is getting in on the call to action: New Yorkers, Keep Yoga Protected with a 2-Minute Call
NOTE: Read the comments on the Treehugger post – do you agree? Should Yoga be regulated to protect the public?
You can READ THE BILL HERE
Lobby Day is February 9th
Earlier…Update: Victory for NY Yoga Studios! Licensing Shakedown Squashed
VA Licensing Update: Yogis Rally Rebuttal, Open Avocation vs. A Vocation Debate
I really hope the NY yogis can make this happen. We’ve had great success in VA. We have a bill in the House (HB 703) that has passed through Education sub and full committees, and will now move to the floor of the House. The bill has been uncontested,and we expect it to pass easily.
Our The Senate bill, SB 598, is going to final vote today and we expect that to pass too.
Since the two bills are slightly different, they’ll have to then be made into one. We’re really optimistic that when all of this is over we’ll be exempt 🙂
NY can make this happen too. The key is to speak up! Send in those letters!