Yoga Instructors File Federal Lawsuit Against Virginia Licensing Rules | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Yoga Instructors File Federal Lawsuit Against Virginia Licensing Rules

Play associated audio
Virginia already licenses the teaching of dog groomers, dancing instructors and bartenders.  If new licensing laws go through, yoga instructors could be added to that list.
Jonathan Wilson
Virginia already licenses the teaching of dog groomers, dancing instructors and bartenders. If new licensing laws go through, yoga instructors could be added to that list.

By Jonathan Wilson

Three local yoga instructors have filed a lawsuit claiming Virginia's new licensing rules for the yoga industry are a violation of the First Amendment.

The federal lawsuit is in response to Virginia's vocational school licensing laws.

If they're applied to the yoga industry any school offering a yoga teacher-training course will have to pay a $2,500 application fee, a yearly renewal fee, and have curricula approved by the commonwealth.

Rob Frommer, a lawyer for the Institute For Justice points out that you don't have to have a license to practice yoga in Virginia, or teach yoga in Virginia. But¦

"You have to get the government's permission in order to teach people how to teach yoga," Frommer says. "That law makes no sense."

Kirsten Nelson, with the state council of higher education or SCHEV, says the rules are there to protect people taking the classes.

If they shell out money for yoga instruction classes with a school licensed by the state they'll be in line for a partial refund if the school suddenly closes.

Natasha Hennessy, owner of Alexandria's largest yoga studio, Pure Prana sees it differently.

"The state of Virginia is looking for as many ways as possible to collect money from any institution that they possibly can," Hennessy says.

Virginia already licenses the teaching of dog groomers, dancing instructors and bartenders.

Nelson says Virginia will hold off on enforcing yoga instruction classes until after the state's 2010 general assembly session.

NPR

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.
NPR

Astronauts Will Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In Space

Two NASA astronauts are aboard the International Space Station. Turkey is on the menu but not pumpkin pie. NASA can't make pumpkin pie in space because the crust doesn't come out right.
NPR

EPA's Proposed Rules Add To Obama's Collision Course With GOP

The Environmental Protect Agency has drafted regulations on Ozone pollution. The latest move exposes divisions between the Obama administration and leading Republican lawmakers over the environment.
NPR

In Darren Wilson's Testimony, Familiar Themes About Black Men

Wilson's descriptions of Michael Brown reminded some people of negative depictions of African-Americans in history. Recent studies suggest these perceptions have deeper psychological roots.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.