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Chetna Kohli, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
There is a China-India Yoga college in China which has become a huge success and draws millins of follwers towards the ancient Indian, physical and spiritual practice. It is the first yoga college in the country and was opened in November 2015 in Kunming. It is a part of the Yunnan Minzu University.
The deputy Director of the college said that more than five dozen full-time students had completed yoga sessions and approximately 3000 people had participated in the free yoga sessions offered by the college. There is a growing demand for learning Yoga from the Indian yogic masters of the college. Not only students and individuals but manycompanies and givernment offices had invited the college to offer lessons to their teachers during events such as World Yoga Day, Internation Wome’s Day, etc.
Yoga as an art and science of building internal strength and relaxing the mind has transcended the Indian borders and gained world wide acceptance. People don’t just want to learn the poses or gain superficial knowledge, instead they want to deeply study the sutras, philosophy, scientific relevance of the art. Going a step furthur, the tutors are also asked to teach Indian culture and didning habits. The pupils want to immerse in the practice completely and make it a part and parcel of their lives.
Eventhough there are launguage and cultural barriers but the dissemination of knowledge has not been hindered. The Indian teachers learn the language and have been able to comfortably teach the chinese students. The results have been evident. Many students have gained deeper undersatnding of other forms of Yoga rather than just the most famous form, the Iyengar form. They have graduated to become Yoga professional teachers.
The meat of the matter is that, we should respect and cultivate the practice of Yoga and reap the benefits of its increased popularity around the world before it is too late. We should take the art to different schools within the country and cultiate the habit of regular practice. This will not only ensure a healthy lifestyle but also that Indian natives are well aware of an art that the country is promoting world over.