Welcome – YSN Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 2016)

Welcome to the Spring 2016 issue and Namaste!

(YSN 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

Happy New Year and Namaste!

(YSN Vol. 3, No. 1 – Jan. 2015)

Dilip Sarkar, Chair, School of Integrative Medicine (SIM), Taksha Institute

Dilip Sarkar, Chair, School of Integrative Medicine (SIM), Taksha Institute


We begin 2015 with an exciting event, the 6th Yoga Therapy Retreat (YTR), orchestrated by our very own, world renowned Yog Acharya, Dr. Dilip Sarkar. The emphasis of this retreat, which will be held at the Old Dominion University Webb Center on February 15th, will be on the role of yoga in maintaining and improving heart health. Cardio-vascular disorders have become one of the most common ailments in the nation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half of Americans have at least one of the key risk factors associated with heart disease. The retreat will include a combination of yoga practice for heart health and useful tips on how to adopt a healthy lifestyle today to prevent the occurrence of cardio-vascular disorders in the future. We are also fortunate to have Dr. Suman Vardan, an eminent cardiologist from Northern Virginia, as a guest speaker during this retreat.

Remembering Vijaya Stallings, Ayurveda Professor, Taksha Institute

Remembering Vijaya Stallings, Ayurveda Professor, Taksha Institute


The current issue of YogaSetu brings a range of interesting news, interviews, and other articles that we hope you enjoy. As always, we are interested in your feedback as letters to the editor, and please note that all articles from published YogaSetu newsletters are archived and accessible on the YogaSetu website (www.yogasetu.org), in case you have missed an issue.

Finally, we are deeply saddened by the passing of our dear colleague and mentor, Dr. Vijaya Stallings, in September 2014. His many contributions to the Yoga and Ayurveda community remain highly valued, and he will truly be missed. Please visit a special memorial website in celebration and honor of his life, at www.rememberingvijaya.com.

~ Editorial Board

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