Chinese across the nation have begun turning to yoga to stay healthy. With the rising popularity of the practice, numerous yoga studios keep popping up across the country, according to a report in The Global Times.
Just two weeks ago, Yunnan Minzu University also established its India-China Yoga College, which will enrol undergraduate and graduate students majoring in yoga.
Since the United Nations proclaimed June 21 as the International Day of Yoga in 2014, many cities in China have started hosting international yoga festivals. The festivals in Chengdu, the capital of Southwest China’s Sichuan Province and Wuxi in East China’s Jiangsu Province are just two examples.
In addition to large-scale yoga festivals, smaller events are also held in different residential communities, parks and also online across the nation.
On Tuesday, for example, hundreds of yoga enthusiasts from India and China gathered on the Great Wall in Beijing to celebrate the International Day of Yoga.
It certainly seems China’s enthusiasm for yoga isn’t going to cool down anytime soon.
Puspandra Kumar from India has been teaching yoga in China since 2006. With his experiences teaching in both in India and China, he has noticed many differences when it comes to how yoga is practised in the two countries.
“[In India], they focus on meditation and pranayama [breathing exercises], but in China they just focus on asana, physical exercise, most of the time,” Kumar told the Global Times on Monday.
Chinese students tend to choose different styles of yoga as well.
“Here [in China] there is Hot Yoga and Ashtanga Yoga. They like them much. Indian people don’t like Hot Yoga. Very few people do Hot Yoga, because of the temperature,” Kumar said.
Most students the Global Times talked to said they felt much stronger and healthier after starting yoga and think it is the ideal way to get the body moving after a day of sedentary office work.