A bill to exempt yoga-teacher training studios from state certification breezed through Senate Appropriations today and now is on its way to the full Senate on the consent calendar, meaning no opposition is expected.
The bill earlier passed the Senate Education Committee where the chairman, Republican Owen Hill of Colorado Springs, did the “crow” yoga position after the hearing. The yogis in the crowd loved it.
Afterward, the sponsor, Sen. Laura Woods, R-Arvada, got a letter from Lenora Degen, a yoga instructor in Colorado Springs. Degen wrote:
I shared the story with my after-school class at Buena Vista Elementary School in Colorado Springs on Friday afternoon. We discussed the meaning of “Democracy” and how we have the right to let our elected officials know our points of view. Then I showed them the photo from the Denver Post” (of Sen Owen Hill doing the crow in the Senate Committee room).
They were impressed and excited to try the pose themselves. Here they are, posing for you all. It’s their way of saying THANK YOU!
After the picture of Hill doing the crow was posted a number of times on Twitter, Rep. Dan Pabon, D-Denver, couldn’t resist.
“Can’t wait to see how @AlecGarnett follows that in house,” Pabon wrote.
The bill also is sponsored by Reps. Garnett, a Denver Democrat, and Tim Dore, an Elizabeth Republican.
Yoga teachers have been bent out of joint since last fall when another yogi complained that only six yoga-teacher training studios were following a 2002 regulation that required they be certified with the state. The teachers that were contacted by the state Division of Private Occupational Schools protested. They said state certification fees, which begin at $1,750, would put them out of business.
And they questioned why yoga was included with traditional vocational school programs such as trucking and dog groomers because so few students go on to teach yoga full time.
They turned to the legislature for help, and lawmakers last week introduced Senate Bill 186.
“It’s going to fly through the Senate,” Woods said of her bill. She added she won’t be doing any yoga poses herself after the vote.