Lorna Candler, director of the Division of Private Occupational Schools, has been the face of the division’s pro-regulation stance for weeks but failed to disclose to the press that she is a part-time instructor for CorePower Yoga, the largest yoga chain in Colorado.
Candler’s involvement with the studio concerns Gina Caputo, owner of the Boulder-based Colorado School of Yoga, who told The Denver Post Monday she feels that Candler may be biased against studios not associated with CorePower.
“I’m not villainizing CorePower in all this. I just want a fair opportunity,” Caputo said.
Candler argued that her role as a yoga instructor does not conflict with her position as director of the regulatory agency pushing for uniform regulation of teacher-training programs. Regulation requires program operators to pay fees to the state, which some smaller studios feel are prohibitive.
“What goes on with me teaching yoga and my job here do not really intersect at all,” Candler said. “This is not about yoga; this is about teacher-training programs.” Continue reading >>