China to open 50 Yoga colleges


China will open 50 yoga institutes in the wake of the ancient Indian discipline gaining popularity in the country.

This was announced by the dean of China-India Yoga which opened its first branch at Yunnan University in the city of Lijiang on Saturday.

The China-India Yoga College is a part of an understanding to increase cultural exchange between both countries.

A total of 50 branches will be set up to boost yoga education and teacher training, Chen Luyan, dean of the China-India Yoga College was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency.

Nearly 100 yoga teaching and training centers will also be built to provide teacher training courses, yoga workshops and non-profit courses, Chen said.

The China-India Yoga College recruits undergraduates and postgraduates at Yunnan Minzu University. It was founded in June 2015.

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