06/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated Nov 17, 2011

Yoga Studios Face $50,000 Fine If They're Not Registered

Some 81 yoga studios around New York were reeling last month after receiving letters from the New York State Education Department, stating that they must "cease operating" teacher training programs or face a $50,000 fine.

The letter, addressed only to yoga studios with teacher training programs, is from the Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision (BPSS) at the State Education Department. It states that under Section 5001(1) of the Education Law, yoga studios are required to register with the state as vocational schools, similar to bartending or pet grooming schools.

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