WELCOME – Vol. 5, No. 1 (May 2017)

IYD LogoInternational Yoga Day (IYD) festivities are already underway in India, where the Government is hosting yoga workshops, institutes and festivals. The Indian Embassy in Washington DC is collaborating with Friends of Yoga, Patanjali Yog Peeth and other groups to celebrate on June 17th, at the Sylvan Theatre on the National Mall from 8:30 am t0 10:30 am. (Click here for more information.) In the Hampton Roads, VA area, the Sentara Center for Health and Fitness (4001 Coliseum Drive, Hampton, VA) will host a public celebration open to the public on June 21st. Contact Shavonna at 757-766-2658 for more information.

The IDY logo (shown to the left) reflects harmony and peace for humanity, the essence of Yoga itself. The Yogic union of individual consciousness with that of the Universe, a perfect harmony between mind and body, and man and nature — and a holistic approach to health & well being, is represented by the folded hands. The brown leaves symbolize the Earth element and the green leaves symbolize Nature; blue symbolizes the Water element, brightness symbolizes the Fire element, and the Sun symbolizes the source of energy and inspiration.

Welcome to the spring 2017 issue of YogaSetu Newsletter (YSN)!


Spring evokes images of sunshine, flowers, a gentle breeze, and greenery. Spring floweringHowever, the flowers bring pollen allergies, runny noses, nasal congestion, stuffiness, coughing, sneezing, and itchy eyes! Sorry to be the Grinch, but allergy season is in full swing. Don’t miss the editor’s corner on the use of a Neti-pot and its benefits for allergies.

We are excited to bring you some highly insightful articles in this YSN issue. “You’re not defined by your biology; you’re defined by your lifestyle,” boldly and authoritatively says Dr. Amrita Sandra McLanahan, M.D., in a captivating interview with the editor. For twenty years, Dr. Amrita served as the director of Stress Management for Dr. Dean Ornish’s research on using yoga and lifestyle changes to reverse heart disease and cancer. She is also a co-author of the book, Surgery and Its Alternatives, and now practices Integrative Medicine in Yogaville, Virginia.

Did you know that people with mild cognitive impairment are two-and-a-half times more likely to develop dementia, including Alzheimer’s Disease, as they get older? Read Grace Bullock’s article on “How to Stave Off Age-Related Cognitive Decline Using Yoga.” Also see the testimonial from a yoga practitioner about how yoga can help manage fibromyalgia, mood, and stress; and our regular feature “Quotes for Inspiration” brings an ancient verse from Bhagvad Gita that is as relevant now as it was thousands of years ago.

As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions, and opinions.

~ Editorial Board

by Dr. Dilip Sarkar, M.D., F.A.C.S., C.A.P.

Cover art by Shikha Sarkar, depicting the two Nobel Laureates Rabindranath Tagore (1913, Literature) and Albert Einstein (1921, Physics), as a symbolic depiction of Eastern and Western thought

Cover art by Shikha Sarkar, showing the two Nobel Laureates Rabindranath Tagore (1913, Literature) and Albert Einstein (1921, Physics), as a symbolic depiction of Eastern and Western thought

In his new book, Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Western MedicineDr. Dilip Sarkar* shares his insights, personal experience, and perspectives on the integration of eastern and western practices that can treat, reverse, and heal chronic dis-eases, with the goal of helping you incorporate Yoga Therapy and Ayurveda into your own life.

Yoga Therapy, Ayurveda, and Western Medicine is now available in hard copy from the publisher’s website for $79.99.

*Dr. Sarkar is a retired vascular surgeon and former Assoc. Prof. of Surgery at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, and Chairman of the Department of Surgery and Chief of Staff at Portsmouth General Hospital. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and American Association of Integrative Medicine (AAIM). In 2010, he started the first category one ACCME-approved CME course in USA for medical professionals on “Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals.”

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