when the new york state education department announced onerous licensing requirements and a $50,000 penalty for yoga instructors who didn't comply, state sen. eric schneiderman and assembly member linda rosenthal fought back with a new bill that would exempt yoga studios from the requirements.

but after the bills were introduced, the department reversed the rule and supported schneiderman and rosenthal's legislation.

"i am proud to say that the state education department has achieved supreme awareness and enlightenment on this issue," said schneiderman in a statement.

the legislators are still pushing the bill, which has passed the senate's higher education committee and is awaiting a full senate vote.