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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)

Petition Letter

Greetings, 

I just signed the following petition addressed to: British Columbia Provincial Government.

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Yoga and Government Don’t Mix – Stop Regulating Yoga Teacher Training in BC

FREEDOM FOR YOGA

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 Requested:

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).]
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Sincerely,

[Brian Castellani]

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