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The State of New Jersey has introduced a bill to license yoga teachers and yoga studios. (Esutra)

Washington State has begun to enforce a three-year-old ruling that requires yoga studios to charge 9% sales tax, with some studios being told they now owe three years of back taxes. (Teachstreet.com)

Yoga teacher Celina Miller has started a new quarterly magazine and website called YogaMom. “YogaMom has a little bit of yoga, and a lot of healthy-living, lifestyle focus. It's about real moms looking for realistic tips. It's not all granola,” she tells Connie Baggett of the Clarksdale Press Register. (Source: Montgomery Advertiser)

An Australian study has found that activities that cause sustained pressure spikes in the eyes, such as Salamba Shirshasana (Head Stand), could make certain eye diseases such as Glaucoma worse. This is not really news, though, as such contraindications should be known by any properly-trained yoga teacher, but I thought the list of other activities that increase eye pressure was interesting: playing the trumpet or other wind instrument, swimming with goggles on, weight-lifting, doing sit-ups on a slant board, rubbing your eyes, and even sleeping face down. (The Australian)

A study at John Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be helped by yoga poses (with appropriate modifications), pranayama (breathing) and deep relaxation. (Healthnews.com)

The National Fatwa Council in Malaysia is considering a ban on yoga for the nations nearly 18 million Muslims. (International Herald Tribune)

Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation has donated $850,000 to New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center to combine yoga techniques with conventional medical therapies for a number of their non-terminal cancer patients in a year-long experiment. (New York Times)

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