NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Arkansas schools that train yoga teachers will soon have to be licensed by the state Board of Private Career Education.
The Arkansas Board of Private Career Education oversees private, postsecondary career schools for fields, such as dental assistants, bail bonds and tattoo piercing.
The board's director, Brenda Germann, says that yoga teacher-training schools in Arkansas will now be included in that licensing procedure.
"I can tell you from my own experience and those of us who had a long experience in teaching you don't even know what you don't know."
Stacey Faught owns Blue Yoga Nyla in North Little Rock and is also an associate director for a yoga training school. She says the regulations are necessary in an industry that's become so popular.
"Unless they really dig in and they know what to look for they could find themselves in a program with a teacher that's been teaching literally one year."
Her concern is that yoga teachers with very little experience could start an instructor school.
"With the body in particular there's a lot of thing that can go wrong you can blow out a knee or you can get a neck injury or a back injury so there's a lot of thing that we have to be concerned about."
Germann says the standards also help protect the consumer.
"But what about the person that comes in to do a weekend training program from out of state and they charge $2,000 a person and on Saturday morning they're not here and they've signed up 20 people."
In order to have a licensed yoga training school, instructors are now required to have at least five years of experience.