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Republican Owen Hill of Colorado Springs does the "crow" yoga position on his desk after lawmakers approved a bill exempting yoga teacher training from vocational regulations. ( Sen. Andy Kerr twotter page) Courtesy Denver Post.

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Yesterday marked a "first" in the yoga world.

Republican state senator Owen Hill, of Colorado Springs, did crow on top of the desk before the Senate Education Committee in Denver.

Two dozen Colorado yoga teachers showed up Wednesday morning to protest government regulation of yoga studios. They succeeded -- lawmakers approved a bill that exempts yoga teacher training from vocational regulations. Studios were facing state certification fees of at least $1,750, which would be extremely detrimental to their business.

Last fall, another yoga teacher complained that only six yoga teacher training studios were following a 2002 regulation that required they be certified with the state. But dozens of studio owners, employees and students protested, saying that teacher training rarely leads to a full-time position.

Republican state senator Laura Woods sponsored the bipartisan Senate Bill 186. The committee unanimously approved it, and it now moves to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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