Uma Thurman’s brother, who acted in dozens of films, is yoga teacher & healer now

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Reno, Nevada, June 28, 2011 (Washington Bangla Radio) Dechen Thurman, a Hollywood actor and younger brother of Oscar nominated Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction), is a yoga teacher and healer now.

Dechen, 38, a Harvard graduate who acted in over two-dozen movies including “This Is Not an Exit”, is reportedly teaching yoga in Germany and at an “intensive retreat” in Italy in July; besides Wanderlust Yoga Festival, New York Yoga Journal Conference, and the Yoga Conference Germany. Last summer he taught open-air yoga classes at Berlin Yoga Festival to few hundred yogis.

He is described as “a holistic healer based in New York City” who “creates a delicious sense of playfulness in his yoga classes”. He is one of the 64 listed teaching faculty of New York Jivamukti Yoga School, where he is an advanced certified yoga teacher. He is said to have met His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet at age seven in Dharamsala (India).

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, welcoming Dechen Thurman to yoga fold, urged Hollywood celebrities to explore the rich philosophical thought offered by Hinduism and the powerhouse of yoga to deal with the pressures of the industry and to achieve their spiritual goals. If they need assistance in their exploration, he or other Hindu scholars would gladly help, Zed added.

Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that yoga is referred as “a living fossil” whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization. According to Patanjali who codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical. Yoga was based on an eightfold path to direct the practitioner from awareness of the external world to a focus on the inner, Zed pointed out.

Jivamukti Yoga Centers; located in downtown New York (USA), Berlin (Germany), Munich (Germany), London (United Kingdom), and Charleston (USA); claim to be “places for spiritual gathering that offer vigorous Hatha Yoga classes with an emphasis on the Source teachings from such ancient texts as the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Upanishads.” 

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