The reverberation of OM and meditative posture seems all too familiar not only in India. In one of the many yoga studios in the port city of Qingdao in China, people of age groups practice yoga together under instructions from an Indian teacher.
China like India is rapidly urbanising society, a phenomenon that brings with its share of pressures & anxieties. People in China did not have to look too far to find a remedy for it. Yoga is a preferred means to beat stress and India is fabled land of culture Bollywood and yoga.
Yoga sessions are not just about meditation and serious exercise. Mention of India makes a few students break into their favourite Hindi song.
Many prefer open spaces like local, parks to practice yoga. Surrounding by greenery, yoga becomes a means of becoming one with oneself and nature whether you are in India, China or anywhere in the world.
Trying to perfect difficult postures shows how the yoga students in China have embraced ancient Indian tradition for a holistic lifestyle.
With International Yoga Day just a few days away, preparations are on by all yoga enthusiasts in China. It is considered a festival of health here. At the same one can’t ignore the global push given to yoga by PM Modi.
Watching enthusiastic yoga practitioners continue with their exercise appears like a celebration of Indian heritage in Chinese society.