History of Yoga Film – United States Inauguration

At the Historic Cannon Caucus Room
At Capitoal Hill, Washington DC

Prof. N V Raghuram ji addressing

Prof. N V Raghuram ji addressing

A documentary film that traces the History of Yoga and the evolution of yoga philosophy and practice over the past 6000 years was inaugurated on June 20 at the historic Cannon Caucus Room on Capitol Hill in Washington DC. This film, produced by Sri Ramji Om, a yoga practitioner, and his physicist wife, Dr. Deepika Kothari of Vishuddhi Films, India. (www.vishuddhifilms.org), explores elements of yoga through the Harappa civilization, Vedic times, Jainism, Buddhism, Hath-Yoga practices of medieval times and other peripheral doctrines. The event was sponsored by SEWA International USA, the MARG Foundation, USA, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and S-VYASA Yoga University, India.

The film was inaugurated by Respected Sister Jenna, the Director of Washington DC branch of Brahma Kumaris. Prof N. V. Raghuram, Chairman of Yoga Bharati and the Spirituality Director of VYASA International delivered a key note address for this event. Prof  Raghuram ji referred to the extensive research done by S-VYASA on yoga therapy including its application to control diabetes and obesity.

Prof. Raghuram ji with dignitaries

Prof. Raghuram ji with dignitaries

At this event, Dr. Sree Nath, the President of SEWA International USA, announced that SEWA, in collaboration with S-VYASA and the proposed Yoga University in Los Angeles (which is being sponsored by S-VYASA), will implement a Stop/Control Diabetes Movement in USA, in selected regions, especially for the benefit of poor communities including American Indians who have high a relatively high percentage of diabetic population and low longevity. The History of Yoga Event received a message from Honorable First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama who was invited to grace this event as a Chief Guest. While the First Lady could not attend due to her preoccupation, the White House indicated that it would keep this invitation and schedule the Honorable First Lady’s visit for another such yoga event.

For more see latest issue of Yoga Sudha – July, 2014