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    1. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Receive Colombia's Highest Civilian Award

      BOGOTA: Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be honoured with Columbia’s highest civilian award on June 24.

      A letter sent by the president of Colombia’s House of Representatives, Fabio Raul Amin Saleme, recognised the spiritual leader’s contribution in spreading the message of peace in society, inter-mediation in war, reducing stress and combating violence through yoga and breathing exercises.

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    2. On International Day of Yoga, a Trip Down Memory Lane: The HAF Take Back Yoga Project

      Namaste. International Yoga Day is today, and to celebrate, Suhag & Aseem Shukla, and Sheetal Shah, of the Hindu American Foundation embarked on a trip down memory lane.  Over four days, they have shared the story of HAF’s Take Back Yoga Project (TBY).  What started as a simple letter to the editor expressing frustration over the hyper-fixation on the physical aspects of yoga and a delinking of yoga from its ...

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    3. School Yoga Program Does Not Violate California Establishment Clause

      In Sedlock v. Baird , (CA App., April 3, 2015), a California state appellate court held that the yoga program introduced in California's Encinitas Union School District does not violate the Establishment Clause of the California Constitution.  The court concluded:
      While the practice of yoga may be religious in some contexts, yoga classes as taught in the District are, as the trial court determined, "devoid of any religious, mystical, or ...
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    4. Why International Yoga Day is So Important

      Suhag Shukla, the Hindu American Foundation’s executive director, said: “In addition to gaining appreciation for one of India’s greatest contributions to the civilization, our hope is that this will introduce people around the world to its transformational power, its insistence on spiritual experience over dogma, its ability to make one realise the divine nature of man, and its power for bringing about both inner and outer peace.”

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    5. Pat Robertson Claims Yoga Forces People To Pray 'To A Hindu Deity'

      Pat Robertson Claims Yoga Forces People To Pray 'To A Hindu Deity'

      Pat Robertson has some words of caution for anyone considering taking up yoga.

      Responding to a viewer's question posed during Tuesday's episode of "The 700 Club,” Robertson claimed that the ancient mindfulness practice tricks people into "praying to a Hindu deity." During yoga lessons, he said, participants unknowingly repeat mantras "in Hindu" -- though Robertson did not say whether he has ever personally taken a yoga class.


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    6. US media hail BKS Iyengar as one of the greatest yoga gurus Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/40646433.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

      The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) in a statement mourned the loss of Iyengar. 

      "Iyengar's lifelong work of teaching the whole of yoga or the understanding that yoga is not just the physical endeavour of mastering postures, but a spiritual practice rooted in the Hindu concept of dharma, has deeply informed our work at the Foundation," said Sheetal Shah, senior director of Hindu American Foundation and one of the leads ...

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    7. Yoga Linked To 'Demonic Hindu Gods,' Claims Faculty Op-Ed In John Brown University Paper

      Yoga Linked To 'Demonic Hindu Gods,' Claims Faculty Op-Ed In John Brown University Paper

      Pandit Dasa, Hindu chaplain for NYU and Columbia told The Huffington Post that it would be nice for the University to issue a statement making it clear that they don't support Dana's view of other religions.

      He wrote:

      I think as a society we absolutely have to stop criticizing other traditions without fully understanding them. It can take years of practice and study to properly comprehend another tradition ...

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    8. Smithsonian's Yoga: The Art of Transformation Brings to Light Yoga's Hindu Roots... Almost

      The much hyped Smithsonian exhibit, Yoga: The Art of Transformation, is packing up to move from its primary residence in the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, DC to spring at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and summer at the Cleveland Museum of Art. My colleague Sheetal Shah and I trekked down to DC to see it earlier this winter. Honestly, we went with fairly low expectations, because ...

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    9. Yogic turf wars

      Yogic turf wars

      Speaking to The New York Times in 2010, Hindu American Foundation co-founder Dr Aseem Shukla said, "Our issue is that yoga has thrived, but Hinduism has lost control of the brand."

      It appears he was lamenting the fact that in spite of yoga having become a $27-billion industry in the US, with over 20 million practitioners, commercialisation had caused adeep disconnect with the spirit of the ancient art.

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    10. Does doing yoga make you a Hindu?

      Does doing yoga make you a Hindu?

      To an extent, this point of view is endorsed by Hindus themselves. The Hindu American Foundation recently ran a campaign called "Take Back Yoga". Sheetal Shah, from the organisation, says someone raised in an "exclusivist" tradition like Islam or Christianity who becomes very interested in yoga may eventually experience some conflict with their religious beliefs.

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    11. Author Philip Goldberg traces historical influences of Yoga on American society

      Author Philip Goldberg traces historical influences of Yoga on American society

      The first eye-catching slide from his keynote address was the headline from a Newsweek article—“We are all Hindus now.” According to this piece “recent poll data show that conceptually, at least, we are slowly becoming more like Hindus and less like traditional Christians in the ways we think about God, our selves, each other, and eternity.”

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    12. The Verdict Is In: Asana a.k.a. Yoga Is Cool in School

      The Great Yoga Debate entered a courtroom and a verdict is in. Take the Om and Namaste out of yoga class, and substitute Sanskrit posture names such as padmasana with "criss-cross applesauce," and suddenly, yoga is a part of Americana and just fine for public schools. So did rule San Diego Superior Court Judge John Meyer after parents in Encinitas, CA sued the school board for allowing the Jois Foundation ...

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    13. Think of yoga as Hinduism's gift to humanity

      Enter the Hindu American Foundation, which has taken umbrage at this recasting. It started the Take Back Yoga campaign in 2010 to educate people about yoga’s inextricable link to Hinduism. Their aim is not to establish proprietorship but to ask for respect. In effect, they say: Practice yoga for whatever reason or benefit, but acknowledge and honor its Hindu origins.

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    14. 31 things to do during Jewish American Heritage Month

      31 things to do during Jewish American Heritage Month

      10. Practice yoga - Next time you do a downward dog, chant an om to Ruby Blue, aka Swami Neeladevananda. Blue was born Ruth Thaler in Poland and as a child immigrated to Washington with her parents. She was named a swami, the Hindu honorary title for master, in 2003 at age 86. Known for her inspirational lectures, tiny frame and ability to get everyone from naval officers to housewives into ...

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    15. Does White House Fitness Council's Encouragement of Yoga Violate Establishment Clause?

      The President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition promotes the White House's efforts to get American's to adopt healthy lifestyles. One of the Council's efforts is PALA+, part of the President's Challenge, which includes the Yoga PALA Challenge. Encouraging participation, the Yoga PALA Challenge website says:Yoga has become a universal language of spiritual exercise in the United States, crossing many lines of religion and ...

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    16. White House says yoga is a universal language of spiritual exercise, crossing religious lines

      The US`s leading Hindu advocacy organisation, the Hindu American Foundation, is rightly exhorting its followers to 'take back yoga and reclaim the intellectual property of their spiritual heritage'. This is entirely in order — an ancient tradition cannot be vulgarised into a callisthenic routine or stretched till it becomes devoid of meaning. The only way out is to accept and embrace its Hindu spiritual roots while opposing its crass vulgarisation.

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