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Yoga Schools Exempt From Regulation in Virginia

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 19, 2010

Mind-Body-Spirit News

On March 9, 2010, Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell signed into law bill HB703 to exempt schools that train yoga instructors from being regulated as “higher education” institutions by the Virginia State Council for Higher Education. The bill is similar to legislation that passed in New York during the same month.

Yoga teacher training will be exempt from regulation in Virginia because legislators determined that yoga is primarily a hobby and not a vocational program. Defining the latter, the bill states that “‘vocational’ shall not include instructional programs that are intended solely for recreation, enjoyment, personal interest, or as a hobby, or courses or programs of instruction that prepare individuals to teach such pursuits.”



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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at