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    Indians Call Out American Journal for Rechristening Ancient Yoga Technique

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    Indian netizens have decried a Scientific American article on breathing for what they think is a “steal job” from the Indian yogic practice of Pranayama and repackaged in modern scientific terminology.

    The article in question is "Proper Breathing Brings Better Health", written by Christophe Andre, and was published on 15 January. The Scientific American posted a promotional tweet describing the set of exercises as "cardiac coherence breathing". It was this rechristening of the practice that irked Indians on Twitter.

    Pranayama is integral to Yoga, practised since ancient times in India. It consists of breathing exercises, some of them quite exotic. Practitioners have advised people to do them for stress relief, freedom from insomnia and for myriads of psychosomatic illnesses.

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    The first one to note this was Indian politician Shashi Tharoor. He called out the publication for dressing up a 2,500-year-old Indian technique in 21st century scientific language.

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    Sankrant Sanu mocked the article, elucidating how modern science tends to hijack traditional knowledge.

    "Copy paste and rename", said another Twitter user.

    Nevertheless, there were few who opined that the article did give due credit to ancient Yoga.

    they have given us credit this time. pic.twitter.com/ihY2sHT6BW

     

     

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