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China has become second home for Yoga, claims Indian envoy

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Beijing: Over 1,000 yoga enthusiasts in China participated in the third international yoga conference held on Saturday, prompting India’s envoy to call the Communist country a second home for the ancient physical and spiritual discipline.

Large number of Yoga lovers took part in 2015 China International Yoga and Naturopathy Conference, which is an invaluable gift from ancient Indian tradition, said Ashok K Kantha, Indian ambassador to China.

He said Yoga had found a second home in China, recalling the celebrations across the country to mark the first International Day of Yoga on June 21 in which several thousand enthusiasts participated.

Both Indian and Chinese dreams ought to be aligned and pursued in a mutually supportive manner. It is important to celebrate the common cultural space between India and China, the two ancient civilisations that have interacted for over 2000 years, Kantha added.

While Yoga was popular for a several years in China, it gained government recognition when Chinese Premier Li Keqiang took part in Yoga-Taichi meet in Beijing along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during Modi’s visit in May.

Taichi is an internal Chinese martial art practised for both its defense training and its health benefits. Some training forms are especially known for being practised with relatively slow movement.

India and China are in the process of seeking national rejuvenation and prosperity for their people and that expanding cultural exchanges is an important element of cooperation between us, said Lin Yi, Vice President of China-India Friendship Association, who attended the conference.

The event was co-hosted by China International Yoga Organising Committee and China India Friendship Association.

PTI