Patent this !
"Under the new patent, those teaching yoga will have to pay a royalty to an American patent holder if he or she imparts the knowledge ."
The Indians are furious.
"Yoga has its roots in India. How can anyone else think of patenting it?" asked a surprised Deepika Jindal, wife of steel baron Ratan Jindal and an ardent yoga enthusiast. 
Suketu Mehta called this intellectual piracy .
(Hmm. Apparently piracy works both ways. After all, we pirate their music, movies and software... But hey, at least for us we never consider it legal in the first place!)
In response, "The Indian government had set up a task force to create a database of yoga techniques in order to stop others from patenting the centuries-old knowledge. The task force has begun cataloging yoga in the form of traditional knowledge, including ayurvedic remedies and hundreds of yoga poses, to protect them from being pirated and copyrighted." .
And now the usual question:
What about Indonesia? Are we doing anything to protect what's ours?
Or are we going to pay royalty everytime we use our batik pattern, or teach pencak-silat moves, or build a rumah gadang?
Maybe we ought to listen to Deepika Jindal:
"That's the thing with us. We don't take our possessions seriously until someone else tries to grab it from us." .
 NYTimes - A Big Strech
 Khaleej Times - India Strikes Angry Pose
 Yahoo India - Experts, enthusiasts oppose patent for yoga