I hope this email finds you well, and enjoying our reprieve from the summer heat wave! Also, I am wishing those of you who celebrate the Jewish New Year, a very happy and healthy New Year.
In addition, I write to tell you about my support for my State Senator and friend Eric Schneiderman who is a leading candidate in the Democratic primary for Attorney General this Tuesday, September 14. Eric is endorsed by the New York Times based on his “sound judgment, legal expertise, political independence, and long history of fighting for government reform”. He has also received the support of over 100 elected officials (such as Carl McCall, Christine Quinn, David Dinkins, Bill Thompson, Betsy Gotbaum, and Scott Stringer), unions, progressive organizations, and community leaders.
Relevant to the yoga community, Eric was instrumental in helping defeat the proposed yoga licensing bill this year. He was very supportive of the NY Yoga teachers who formed to defeat a proposed bill that would have required state licensing of yoga teacher training programs. (“On July 31, 2009, Senator Schneiderman amends his bill to explicitly include yoga and martial arts as exempted subjects, and clarifies that those teaching teachers of exempted subjects are also exempt. Assemblywoman [Linda] Rosenthal follows suit on August 17”, and the bill was signed into law by Gov. Patterson on March 24, 2010.) See http://www.yogaforny.org/background
As you may be aware, the yoga community has been voluntarily regulated by the Yoga Alliance, and any state licensing requirements would have been onerous and cost prohibitive to most yoga teachers and centers. So we are very grateful to Senator Schneiderman for his support. Please remember to vote this Tuesday!