WELCOME – Vol. 4, No. 3 (Dec. 2016)



We are delighted to introduce the latest edition of the YogaSetu Newsletter on the eve of the New Year. This newsletter is designed to keep you in touch with news and developments relating to yoga around the world. The current issue (YSN – Vol. 4, No. 3, Dec. 2016) features an excellent article (Tapping into the Power of the Vagus Nerve) by Dr. Grace Bullock, a psychologist, on how mindful breathing can benefit your relationships. The article emphasizes how intentional breathing can be used as a powerful tool to defuse stress, increase resilience, and manage difficult interpersonal interactions.

You can also read about a fascinating study from the University of Pennsylvania on how a breathing-based meditation technique may help alleviate severe depression when antidepressant treatments are not successful.


Ms. Anna Pesces, before and after long-term yoga practice.

Other articles in this issue include an item on the inspiring almost 87-years-young Anna Pesce, demonstrating for people with herniated discs, scoliosis, and osteoporosis how regular yoga practice can help alleviate these ailments. Also see how, for more than a decade, a nonprofit organization that uses yoga in New York City public schools, has been helping students and youth to reduce stress and improve focus, school performance, self-esteem, and body image. Finally, Justice Rolston Nelson urges the Ministry of Education in Trinidad to incorporate yoga into the curriculum to create a more humane and gentle society.

We hope that you find these articles to be helpful in your own yoga practice.

Wishing you Peace, Happiness, and Health in the New Year!

~ The Editors

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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