This article from the Washington Post details how Virginia has decided to start regulating training for yoga instructors. As the story notes:
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia recently declared that studios offering yoga teacher instruction must be certified. That involves a $2,500 fee, audits, annual charges of at least $500 and a pile of paperwork.
Imagine suddenly facing that amount of regulation after being used to none. And imagine suddenly getting a notice like this:
In June, New York’s State Education Department sent a letter to yoga instructor training programs telling them that those that aren’t licensed faced a $50,000 fine.
That’s government for you. Anything it wants to control, it does. Forget about your freedoms and rights.
I wrote a column a few years ago for the Tampa Tribune in which I criticized the over-abundance of government licensing requirements. It can be viewed here.