Monday, 7 May 2012

First Yoga College in China inaugurated

Written by Anil Singh

In the past few years, the popularity of Yoga as a science of wellbeing and higher consciousness & awakening, has surged in China.

Hence, when China’s first Yoga college to train qualified teachers for the ancient Indian spiritual and physical art form, is inaugurated in Beijing on Friday; the news was not seen as a surprise.

Notably, China itself has a wealth of alternate healing & medicine wisdom, developed during hundreds of years of its rich culture. Courtesy this deep rooted belief in alternate sciences, the ancient Indian science of Yoga has become hugely popular among the fast expanding middle class in the nation.

About China’s first Yoga College:

The Yoga College is being established by the Yogi Yoga Institute of China, a brain child of Yin Yan, former Editor in Chief of the Chinese edition of the ELLE international fashion magazine, who married Manmohan Singh Bhandari, a Yoga exponent from Rishikesh, Uttarakhand.

The logo of the college, Shardha, Veerya Smruthi and Pragyana, the quintessential components of Hatha Yoga was formally inaugurated by senior Indian diplomat Arun Sahu and Kuan Yutao, General Secretary of the Sino-Indian Friendship Association, an official Chinese body, at function here on last Friday.

Since its foundation in 2004, Yogi Yoga has trained over 10,000 teachers and instructors in its branches in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. With Yogi Yoga’s Beijing centre itself having four branches. The three-year course would focus on Hata Yoga (Hatha Yoga popularized by B K Iyengar of India), a popular yoga form from India.

The course would be conducted by an experienced faculty from India and abroad headed by Mr. Manmohan Bhandari.

The College is currently busy enrolling its first batch.

Students from three year course would be chosen from the one month basic course involving 200 hours of training. From the basic to high level course would focus on shaping up a good teacher, informed Yin Yan. The fee for the entire 36 month course is expected to be around USD 4000 (INR 2 Lakh).

The degree would enable teachers to become fulltime instructors of yoga, which is practiced in all most popular gyms and health centres in China.

Since its launch, Yogi Yoga has become vastly popular venture as its revenue touched USD eight million last year.

The fee of the three year course, makes it amply clear that the College aims to target rich people from US and other European countries. It’s important here to note that, a similar course in Rishikesh will cost around USD 1000, about one fourth of the price Yogi Yoga’s new college in China is charging.

To emphasize on the pricing point, another thing which should be noted that both Yin Yan and Yoga Teacher man Mohan Bhandari took Yoga education in Rishikesh itself.

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