WELCOME – Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 2016)


Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue of YSN, bringing you the news about how the world is gearing up for this year’s International Day of Yoga (IDY) on June 21st, 2016! Efforts are underway by India’s Modi government to build on the tremendous success of the first IDY in 2015 to achieve an equally impressive celebration this year.

This also marks the first year that three international yoga leaders have been honored with the Padma Shri Award, one of the highest civilian awards given by the Government of India. This issue features two of those honorees: Dr. H. R. Nagendra, the visionary who left his NASA job in the 1970s to launch a yoga university in Bangalore that has become the world’s premier research institution for yoga. You can read the fascinating interview with him in this issue, and learn about Wai Lana, the Mother of Yoga in China, who has been honored with Padma Shri for her extraordinary achievement in helping to spread yoga across the globe.

Also read about Canada’s first lady, Sophie-Gregoire Trudeau, who credits yoga for changing her life and bringing her a feeling of peace and gratitude. And you will be inspired by Jean Dawson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on February 20, 2016. She is hale and hearty, crediting the Iyengar yoga that she’s been practicing for the past 30 years!

Finally, do you not understand a yoga pose? Not to worry! Google has just updated its search engine to brief you on different poses, as you will see under “Yoga, Health & Wellness.”

We hope you enjoy this issue of YSN, and, as always, we welcome your comments, suggestions, or thoughts on any of these articles.

~Editorial Board

Announcing the availability of



This DVD presents:
1. Introduction
2. Āsana-s
3. Prānāyāma-s
4. Meditation
5. Mudrā-s, Bandha-s, Kriya-s
(See complete DVD contents and description.)

This DVD presents one hour of daily practice, 25 minutes of asana-s, 25 minutes of pranayama and 10 minutes of meditation. Approximate run time is 2 hrs. 28 mins. The DVD is divided into 26 chapters: 14 of them for the introduction and asana practice; 10 chapters for pranayama, mudra, and bandha practices; one for meditation; and the last one to finish the practice. The asana chapters are organized by similar practices, e.g. steps of relaxation, relaxation of the neck, standing and balancing poses, etc. Different chapters needs to be practiced on different days to create the balance of body/mind. Please see the insert for more information.

PRESENTER: Dr. Dilip K. Sarkar, M.D., F.A.C.S., C.A.P., is a retired Vascular Surgeon and was an Associate Professor 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 the medical professionals on Yoga Therapy for Medical Professionals. (Further information on Dr. Sarkar.)

Go to www.deepakonline.com to order, or call 757-766-7880. All proceeds from the sale of this DVD and other Taksha Institute products and services support the programs of  the not-for-profit organization Taksha Institute to further its education and research outreach in Yoga Therapy for the benefits of health and healing.

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