A bill exempting yoga schools from regulation passed the Colorado Senate by a vote of 32-1 today and will move to the Colorado House for a vote next.

Senate Bill 186 exempts yoga teacher training courses, programs and schools from the provisions of Colorado's Private Occupational Education Act of 1981. The Colorado Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) had sent letters to more than 80 studios that offer yoga teacher trainings, warning that they may need to be approved by the division's board as "occupational schools."

That is when yogis in Colorado, along with Yoga Alliance, a nonprofit association that represents more than 55,000 registered yoga teachers and more than 3,500 yoga schools in the United States, sprang into action. The groups urged exemption to this act for yoga schools, claiming that registration or certification fees starting at $1,750 and rising to more than $3,000 upon first renewal would cause financial difficulties for smaller studios and schools.

The Yoga Alliance had urged yoga instructors to write letters to Colorado legislators urging an exemption, stating that the industry had been self-regulated for years without any consumer complaints. The Senate Appropriations Committee and the Senate Education Committee had approved the bill previously. No date has been confirmed for when the House will vote on the bill.