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International Yoga Day: Thousands in China participating on June 21

China also backed India's move in the UN to make June 21 as International Yoga Day

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

Participants strike a pose during a group yoga session at a park in Beijing. Several hundred Chinese yoga enthusiasts participated in a mass yoga session to mark International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21. Photo: PTI
Participants strike a pose during a group yoga session at a park in Beijing. Several hundred Chinese yoga enthusiasts participated in a mass yoga session to mark International Yoga Day, which falls on June 21. Photo: PTI

Yoga fever has gripped ahead of the third Day of Yoga as thousands of Chinese would participate in scores of events organised across the country which officials say will make it the second biggest celebrations of the day in the world after

Beijing's iconic as well as numerous parks, lakes and resorts across have become venues for the both official and unofficial yoga events being held with active support of Chinese bodies.


Though yoga has become immensely popular over the years in vying with ancient indigenous physical fitness martial art form Tai Chi, it got an official sanction when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang joined in 2015 at a joint event during the latter's visit.

also backed India's move in the to make June 21 as Yoga Day, giving a fillip to hundreds of yoga clubs and organisations.

A first yoga college has come up outside with joint collaboration of and in Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University in Kunming, which has also lined up several yoga events.

"Since declared yoga day June 21 has become a yoga festival day in all big and small cities in China," Manmohan Singh Bhandari, an Indian yoga expert who along with his Chinese wife Yin Yan runs yoga training school Yogi Yoga, told PTI here.

Yoga now has become a trend with people practicing in parks. During this time of the year, yoga is being taught free all over China, Bhandari who hails from Rishikesh said.

His Yoga Yogi school has centres all over the country.

The which has a yoga specialist Umesh Babu besides Indian Consulates in and are organising dozens of events commemorating the events featuring Chinese officials.

The main event will be held at the on June 20.

"In terms of the quality of participation of Yoga practitioners from India, the number of events at different locations in and the expected outreach to Chinese Yoga lovers, the series of events planned for this year are poised to reach new heights," the embassy said.

For the first time ever, the Embassy, in collaboration with the and the Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY) has invited a group of 20 young Yoga ambassadors with expertise in performing advanced routines in 'Hatha Yoga'.

These young Yoga ambassadors - 10 girls and 10 boys between 22 and 30 years of age - will capture the imagination of with their dexterity and poise in demonstrating advance Yoga techniques. The young Yoga ambassadors will also enable a direct connect with the younger population in attracted to Yoga, the embassy said in a statement.

They will also hold a special demonstration of Yoga at the Opening Ceremony of Sports Meet in

Already few thousand people have taken part in the curtain raiser events Eastern Region organised by the Indian Consulate in

It planned to held 12 events in 12 cities, total estimated participants 20,000 enthusiasts.

Officials said that compared to last year participation has doubled with youngsters showing more enthusiasm.

The Indian Consulate in is organising two big yoga festivals with Yoga Gurus from Other events included a five-day camp in Chengdu, India-Yoga College, cities of Dongguan, Zhongshan and Foshan.

First Published: Sun, June 18 2017. 13:16 IST
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