New York Exempts Yoga, Martial Arts Schools From Licensing

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Aug 16, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

On March 24, New York Governor David Paterson signed into law a bill that exempts yoga and martial arts teacher-training schools from complying with state vocational school licensing regulations. The bill, A.8678-A/S.5701-A, sponsored by State Senator Eric Schneiderman and Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal, was backed by the education department, which had initially requested that yoga and martial arts studios apply for licensure if they offered teacher-training programs.

The licensing exemption pertains to people or schools engaging in instruction or teacher training for the purposes of leisure, hobby or personal enrichment; yoga and martial arts are specifically mentioned. “This legislation is important in that it will not place added expenses on our local governments, in addition to not enacting stricter requirements on New York’s yoga studios during these difficult times,” said Governor Paterson.

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