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Indian, Chinese yoga enthusiasts practice poses at Great Wall

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

A large number of Chinese yoga enthusiasts today participated in a colourful yoga event at China's iconic Great Wall on the eve of International Yoga Day which is being celebrated all over the Communist nation.

Minister of State for External Affairs took part in the event and practiced the yoga postures for a while. The event was jointly organised by Embassy of India, Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and Yogi Yoga, a popular yoga school.

The event is a cultural milestone, marking the first time yoga has been performed atop the Great Wall by a joint Indian and Chinese group of yogis, the embassy said in a statement.

Singh, who wrapped up his visit to to attend the BRICS Foreign Ministers' meeting, took time out on his way to the airport to join the event.

In a brief speech, Singh talked about the goodness of yoga and quoted Prime Minister Modi as saying that yoga was Indian civilisation's gift to the world.

Charge d'Affaires of the Indian Embassy Amit Narang and CPAFFC Vice-President Lin Yi hailed the event for taking forward India-friendly cultural exchanges and yoga for bringing wellness to humanity.

Around 200 Chinese and Indian participants then carried out the Common Yoga Protocol, followed by a spectacular display of advanced yoga poses by 20 young Indian yoga ambassadors from the Morarji Desai Institute in India, who are specially visiting for International Day of Yoga celebrations.

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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 14:02 IST