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Can you patent yoga postures?


The Indian government is planning to patent nearly a thousand yoga postures. Yoga teacher Swami Pragyamurti and Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta, of the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library, debate whether yoga moves should be patented and how that could be enforced.

Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta says the practice will mean "the right to deny others to practice unless you take the consent" of the patent holder.

But Swami Pragyamurti is concerned about "the whole idea of trying to patent something as universal as yoga".

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