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1st yoga training college to be set up in China

Updated: 2012-05-08
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China is set to get its first yoga college, offering a three-year program to teach aspiring instructors. The ancient Indian discipline has gained popularity alongside a growing middle class in China, according to Press Trust of India.

The college will grow out of the Yogi Yoga Institute of China, which runs training centers throughout the country. "Ever since Yogi Yoga was established in 2004, we have trained more than 10,000 instructors in our branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou," said institute founder Yin Yan. Former editor-in-chief of the Chinese-language edition of women's magazine Elle, Yin Yan is married to yoga expert Manmohan Singh Bhandari.

The college will expand the institute's training capacity. "We want to take yoga to a different level in China as it has become immensely popular," Yin Yan told Press Trust of India.

The program will train teachers in Hatha yoga, which focuses on breathing while holding long stretches. Hatha is the most common type of yoga outside of India. Bhandari will lead the faculty, which will consist of instructors from abroad. Admissions to the college will be based on a student's performance in a 200-hour, one-month training program, said Yin Yan. The three-year degree is expected to cost around US$4,000.

Yoga has become a money-maker in China, with revenues of more than US$8 million last year.

"It is an impressive effort by the Yogi Yoga center to spread yoga in China," said Arun Sahu, who heads the Indian embassy in China's cultural division, according to Press Trust India. The institute seems professional and uses authentic yoga practices, he added.

Yin Yan hopes her new college will make yoga more accessible. The Yogi Yoga Institute has already translated many Indian texts into Chinese. The institute also teaches courses on Chinese physical disciplines such as Tai Chi.
 
 

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