India is to lodge an official complaint with the US Patent and Trademark Office and the US Trade Representative over the issuing of yoga trademarks, patents, and copyrights. India is constantly fighting to protect local products from foreign patents.
In India yoga has been practiced for millenia and is considered a spiritual practice. Since it became popular in the US around 30 years ago yoga has been stripped down and made into just another part of the fitness industry.
"How can you patent yoga - something that has been in the public domain for thousands of years? It's a ridiculous decision. We will have to challenge it. We have already started the process," said Verghese Samuel from the Indian Ministry of Health.