09/24/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

Yoga Teachers In Knots Over New Regulations For Certification

Some of Virginia's most flexible residents say the Old Dominion is forcing them to bend over backward. And not in a good way.

The tussle has pitted yoga enthusiasts against bureaucrats. At issue: Are yoga teacher training programs akin to vocational classes that should be regulated by the state? Or is Big Brother stretching too far into a centuries-old spiritual practice?

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.