Tally yo!(ga) Texas is on the march against state government regulation over yoga teacher training. We received this missive in our inbox yesterday:
March 2011 (Austin, TX) – Over 1,500 Texans have signed a petition sponsored by the Texas Yoga Association (TYA) to pass House Bills No. 1839 by Representative Phillips and 2167 by Representative Murphy that aim to keep government from regulating yoga. In support of moving the bills through legislation, the TYA invites yoga enthusiasts, state representatives and anyone who supports the future of health and wellness to practice yoga together on the Southeast corner of the Texas State Capitol lawn at Congress and 11th Street in Austin, Texas on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. House Representative Eddie Lucio III will lead other representatives and staff to meet the yoga enthusiasts in promotion of a healthy lifestyle, and musician David Berkeley will be flying in from Atlanta to perform at the peaceful demonstration.
Operating on the premise that offering a teacher training program for yoga instructors classifies a yoga studio as a “post-secondary career school or college,” the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) began the movement to regulate training programs across the state. Texas Yoga Association President and Executive Director Jennifer Buergermeister states: “Regulation by the Texas Workforce Commission is not appropriate for yoga studios and does not benefit yoga students. Regardless of what stance is taken on this important issue, of whether or not there should be some standards regarding what a yoga teacher training program consists of, the State of Texas (Texas Workforce Commission) is not the proper entity to make that determination. By staging this peaceful demonstration, we hope to keep regulation out of our over 5,000 year old tradition.”
Read more about the event and TYA at www.texyoga.org.