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Downward dog, sun salutation, and cat pose. These terms might mean nothing to you, but to millions across China they're now part of their daily lives, as yoga becomes more and more mainstream. And while it's still got a long way before it becomes as popular as Ping Pong, the stretch of the ancient Indian practice can be felt all over modern China.

 

Mass Yoga in China

Yoga develops fast in China over past 20 years

 

Whenever the word yoga is mentioned, the first response is always one related to India.

 

Seemingly from nowhere, yoga has gradually entered into the lives of modern Chinese people, especially those in metropolitan cities like Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

 

Even the word yoga used to be a strange word to most people, but in the past 20 years, yujia, as it's known in China, has become part of the daily routine for many, just like this couple from Beijing.

 

Yoga has even created a new business sector in itself. Almost overnight, centers can now be found everywhere, and today in China there are estimated 15 to 20 million of those practising yoga, and 100,000 teaching it.

 

And with ever more yoga fanatics aspiring to take their hobby to the next level, masters from India are making the journey to China to help get them there.

 

Late yoga master B.K.S Iyengar came to China at the age of 94, and established the first Iyenger center in the country.

 

Yoga forms part of the daily lives of people all around the world, and in China things are no different. In Sanskrit, the literal meaning of yoga is "to add", "to join" or "to unite", a fitting export perhaps, as relations between China and India go from strength to strength.



    Editor:Annabelle | Source: Agencies

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