Schools that train them, more than a thousand nationwide, are part of a $6-billion-a-year industry that some states are now trying to regulate.
Lawmakers argue that they should be treated like other vocational programs, subject to licensing and fees, so their students don't get ripped off.
But those rules do not sit well with yogis, who tend to prefer meditation to regulation. They say the added expense threatens their existence, and the certification process could leave them in limbo for months.
Now, there's a yin and a yang to this argument. The fees may crush some small schools, but some say licensing could provide more quality control for a business that has been operating with balance but no checks.
Both sides should take a deep breath - after all a compromise isn't that much of a stretch.
That's a page from my notebook.