Freedom for Yoga - Yoga and Government Don't Mix
  • Petitioned Honourable John Yap

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BC Government, Minister of Advanced Education
Honourable John Yap
Registrar and CEO, Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)
Karin K. Campbell

Freedom for Yoga - Yoga and Government Don't Mix

    1. Yoga Teachers of BC
    2. Petition by

      Yoga Teachers of BC

      Vancouver, Canada

UPDATE

We are pleased to invite you to “Yoga and Government Don’t Mix Workshop” organized at Prana Yoga College on Saturday, November 3, 2012 (5:00-6:30 pm) at 200-291 East 2nd Ave, Vancouver. 

Francisco MacDugall will be presenting regarding a process that Yoga Colleges can use to deal with PCTIA. This workshop will cover two main topics. The first topic will present a basic understanding of how the legal system is setup with respect to what is called contract law, and how much control anyone can have over it. The second topic will be a presentation on how to use this process of contract law to stop PCTIA from interfering with yoga business.

Please RSVP by October 31, 2012 by emailing info@pranayogacollege.com or calling 604-682-2121.

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Yoga studios and colleges in the United States have successfully won their campaign against Government regulations and expensive licensing fees. Let’s take some initiative based on their success in our quest for “Freedom For Yoga”.

Very Important: On September 26, PCTIA announced the election of Bob Kitching to their Board. When asked what he wanted to accomplish at PCTIA, he responded: “I would like to see the Board’s mandate encompass all post-secondary education institutions, regardless of size. For example, schools offering courses less than $1000 and less than 40 hours/week should be required to be members.”

That means that all yoga teachers could be affected. Even if you teach a two hour seminar or workshop you would have to be registered with PCTIA and pay more fees and more regulations for yoga teachers.

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FREEDOM FOR YOGA

British Columbia is known for our commitment and passion for Yoga and education. Right now, that's under threat. Today, with your help we can make a difference.

Here is What You Need To Know:

The path of yoga is a private one of devotion that embraces body, mind and spirit. Yoga (which means union) promotes health, vitality, peace and freedom.

Yoga colleges and studios that offer 200 and 500 hour yoga teacher training are small businesses within their communities, and as such, are rightly subject to the normal Government regulations that protect the health and safety of their students.

Most of these colleges are also members of the Canadian Yoga Alliance which belongs to the International Yoga Federation, and are therefore regulated to international standards by organizations that understand the nature of yoga.

In B.C. however, these yoga colleges are also subject to regulation from the Private Career Training Institutions Agency “PCTIA”, an agency of the BC Government's Ministry of Advanced Education. PCTIA was created to set and regulate standards for institutions that offer career training, which, in unregulated industries may be useful.

But in the yoga community, it is an unnecessary and even destructive level of bureaucratic interference. PCTIA charges these yoga colleges and studios onerous and exorbitant fees (which must be passed on to yoga students) and requires complex and time-consuming administrative burdens that only serve to drain and tax the prana life force from dedicated yoga teachers.

Summary:

Yoga teachers and colleges are already regulated by the Canadian Yoga Alliance and the yoga community receives no benefit from PCTIA. The high fees charged by PCTIA only serve to increase yoga tuition fees and discourage its growth and flourishing.

Action:

We call on the government to take the necessary steps to remove yoga practice, yoga training and yoga teachers from the list of careers governed and regulated by PCTIA. [Such government-directed exclusion is specifically permitted in the PCTIA Act, Regulations - Section 25 (2)(c).]

 

When you sign this petition, the following email will be automatically sent to:

Honourable John Yap
BC Government, Minister of Advanced Education           

 Karin K. Campbell
Registrar and CEO, Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA)

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    • joshua molino EDMONTON, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      because yoga helped me to change my old mental habits

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    • LIsa Gravelle NANAIMO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      we are a dedicated well educated group, most of us pay a lot of money to take these course and then offer classes for a very low if not free fee as service to all, having to pay more for teaching others to become more healthy is the wrong way to go, if anything there should be tax breaks for all health care providers as a measure of helping keep heath care cost lower for all of us

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    • Linda Kelly RICHMOND, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Currently, I can afford to take yoga....and it reduces my overall healthcare costs by improving my overall health. I am a senior who is in excellent health and fitness due to the affordability of yoga. Incurring unnecessary fee structures would make it unaffordable for a pensioner to take yoga classes.

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    • Kathy Anderson NANAIMO, CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Yoga is doing a fine job of self regulating now- this seems like a cash grab that will decrease jobs and affect small businesses detrimentally

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    • barry french LANTZVILLE, B. C., CANADA
      • 9 months ago

      Government is becoming a monster of power, usually affecting the not wealthy in a negative way. Their friends benefit, however.

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