Yoga Sees Rapid Rise In Popularity In China; China-India Yoga College To Set Up 50 New Branches 

Yoga Sees Rapid Rise In Popularity In China; China-India Yoga College To Set Up 50 New Branches Chinese people celebrating International Yoga Day in 2015. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

Yoga, India’s ancient meditation and spiritual tradition now enjoys an increasingly large and growing fan following in China, with the China-India Yoga College which was established in June 2015 planning to spread its offerings to more locations to meet with the increased demand, reports Financial Express.

The college was opened in Yunnan province as part of a Delhi-Beijing cultural exchange programme and Yoga has gained traction in China for promoting a healthy lifestyle.

The first branch of the college was inaugurated on Saturday (22 December) at Yunnan University, located in the town of Lijiang. The opening is part of a country-wide partnership programme to develop highly skilled yoga professionals.

The college’s dean Chen Lyuan states that eventually 50 branches will be set up to propound Yoga training across the country. Around 100 yoga teaching centres will also be established to conduct workshops and non-profit courses.

Currently, the China-India Yoga College takes in graduates from Yunnan Minzu University located in Kunming city.