Who Owns Yoga?

There’s no doubt the popularity of yoga has soared in the U.S. over the last 3-5 years.  Something like 20 million people now do yoga in the U.S. vs. 3.5 million in 2001 –these stats are off the top of my head but close to accurate.

Yoga in India was never about business.  Thousands of years after yoga was first documented in ancient texts, yoga travels to the U.S.   It slowly catches on and now our capitalistic society has turned it into big business. 

If you haven’t paid much attention, there’s an ongoing battle on “who owns yoga?”  It’s hard for me to think that it can be patented.  Is the practice of breathing (pranayama, which is an element of yoga) going to be patented?  Is the Bible patented?  Is running a marathon patented?  To me, patenting yoga sounds crazy but I’m just a yogi sharing what I know about yoga with my students. 

Read on.  I’d love to hear your thoughts/comments.  This link will take you directly to the recent posting I am sharing with you…

Who Owns Yoga?
Spot-On – USA
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Yoga? For me, the word used to conjure up images of Indian priests sitting in meditative poses. http://www.spot-on.com/archives/kaul/2007/06/who_owns_yoga.html 

2 responses to this post.

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