India says: Hey Westerners, Stop Trying to Patent Yoga!

The debate over the patentability of ancient yoga asanas takes a turn today as India assembles a team of Hindu gurus and scientists to identify all ancient yoga asanas, which have been practiced in India for around 6,000 years. They are disturbed by Western yoga teachers that have filed and received patents for ancient asanas, claiming they invented them and trying to prevent others from freely practicing yoga.

On behalf of Western yogis not filing patents but who love yoga and are grateful for it, all I can say is, “How embarrassing.”

Sources:

Times of India

India moves to patent yoga poses in bid to protect traditional knowledge – Telegraph

Darla Brown

By Darla Brown

Darla Brown is the founder of Share Yoga and a certified yoga teacher. Darla's love of yoga started over 20 years ago. She has taken teacher training and intensives with master teacher Max Strom as well as Jamie Elmer, Kyra Haglund, Luke Ketterhagen and Nancy Goodstein. Darla's practice focuses on breath and healing.