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India pulls the plug on yoga as business

06 February 2011

NEW DELHI: India is all set to give hot yoga a cold shoulder.

In order to stop self-styled yoga gurus from claiming copyright to ancient `asanas’, like Bikram Choudhury’s Hot Yoga — a set of 26 sequences practised in a heated room — India has completed documenting 1,300 ‘asanas’ which will soon be uploaded on the country’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), making them public knowledge.

Around 250 of these `asanas’ have also been made into video clips with an expert performing them.

According to the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Union health ministry’s department of Ayush, “once the database is up online, patent offices across the world will have a reference point to check on everytime a yoga guru claims patent on a particluar `asana’.”….

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Govt-says-no-one-can-claim-copyright-on-yoga-asanas/articleshow/7432959.cms

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Written by csirindia

February 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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