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India moves to protect its yoga traditions

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    India moves to protect its yoga traditions (New Delhi, Sep 13, 2005) - The Indian health ministry is documenting 1,500 yoga asanas (postures) in an effort to
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      India moves to protect its yoga traditions

      (New Delhi, Sep 13, 2005) - The Indian health ministry is documenting
      1,500 yoga asanas (postures) in an effort to counter instructors
      abroad from claiming patents on the ancient art, a news report said
      on Tuesday.

      The documentation will be part of the ministry's Digital Traditional
      Knowledge Library along with formulas in traditional medicine, the
      Times of India reported.

      Yoga is an ancient system of exercise, practised in Hinduism, aimed
      at attaining physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.

      The library will have information in five languages - English,
      Spanish, French, Japanese and German, a government official said.

      "The library will protect India's traditional knowledge base," said
      Ambumani Ramadoss, Indian health minister.

      "Countries which sign an agreement with India will have access to the
      database. This will prevent Indians living abroad from claiming
      patents for existing formulations," added an official.

      He said the health ministry had received reports of self-proclaimed
      yoga teachers in the West trying to patent traditional yoga asanas
      and ayurvedic medicinal formulations.

      "They try to name the asana after themselves by getting a patent. We
      will stop this," said the official.

      According to figures with the Indian health ministry, yoga is a multi-
      billion-dollar market in the West.

      More than 15 well-known yoga schools in India are helping the
      government with its documentation project. - Sapa-dpa

      Published on the Web by IOL on 2005-09-13 09:42:38

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