Yes, a yoga museum! It’s actually a fully-dressed health museum designed to promote natural ways of healing like yoga and ayurveda, in entertaining digital-interactive form. Because learning about health is boring! Why study lamo texts when you can go explore digitized representations of yoga mudras and interactive displays on naturopathy? Do they have a Wii? (just kidding…sorta)
Preserving and presenting these ancient health methods has been a pet project of the Indian government as of late, what with the TKDL (Traditional Knowledge Digital Library) where they’ve been tirelessly digitally recording every single yoga pose and morsel of the ayurvedic system.
Says Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who inaugurated this modernized concept,
‘Yoga and ayurveda are wellness therapies that find their origins in ancient India. So this museum will act as a one-point source centre for those interested to know about the art of healing.’
Hey, we have Natural History museums, why not natural health? But like the vrttis, this museum is popping up and then it’s gone, so if you happen to be in New Delhi this month you can check it out through October 31st, 11 A.M to 7 P.M everyday.
Could something like this be good for the states?
The more you know: If you were curious (and of course you are!) the US actually has some health museums. There’s the John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science in Houston, TX and the National Health Museum, which will soon have its new fancy home in Atlanta, GA thanks in part to Coca-Cola’s generous donation of $1 million to fund the project. For real.