Beijing: China’s first Yoga college in Yunnan province, which was set up as part of cultural exchange programme between the two nations, has planned to open 50 more branches across the country as the popularity of India’s ancient physical and spiritual discipline continues to grow all over China, media reported.
The China-India Yoga College was opened at Yunnan Minzu University in Kunming in 2015 after the visit of PM Narendra Modi. The announcement came as the college opened its first branch on Saturday at the Yunnan University in Lijiang, state-run Xinhua reported.
Considering the demand, the China-India Yoga College vows to further expand its training to various cities. “A total of 50 branches will be set up in the future to boost yoga education and teacher training,” Chen Luyan, dean, China-India Yoga College, said.
Next to India, a very large number of Chinese yoga enthusiasts take part in the UN’s international yoga day every year on June 21. Chen said 100 yoga teaching and training centres will be built to provide teacher training courses, yoga workshops and non-profit courses.