Freedom For Yoga | An Evening of FREE Music with Pepe Danza & Friends

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Yoga and government don't mix

Date & Time: Sunday, October 21st 6PM – 11PM

Place: Trout Lake Community Centre (Map & Directions)

This event is in support of BC yogis.

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.

BC yogis unite! We need you to be there and lend your voice to stop government regulation on yoga.

Show the world that you’re attending, on our Facebook Event Page.

Hatha Yoga is a physical and spiritual practice that has revolutionized the health and consciousness of Canadians over the last 20 years. Government-sponsored agencies have been increasingly opportunistic in extracting money from Yoga studios through administration fees, fines, and even sending them to bankruptcy if they cannot pay. This is becoming a game where the small studio’s are at risk of losing their ability to serve because of bureaucratic greed.

This is an event that calls upon Yogi’s to unite and show their support for the practice that has nurtured them, and to stand up for the studio’s that are under pressure to pay high fee’s for a practice that is already regulated by respected international bodies such as the Yoga Alliance. If we don’t show that we care, the government won’t either. These are moments that can make a difference in the lives of millions of future practitioners if we come together and make a stand.

We [Prana Yoga College] have created a beautiful evening of yoga, music and dance to shift the paradigm of yoga and activism. Come out and bring your friends for a beautiful evening that will also be political statement to the government that the freedom to dance, stretch, and teach others how to be balanced is part of the revolution.

For more information and to sign the petition click on the link below:
Yoga & Government Don’t Mix

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