China’s first yoga college begins enrollment for Master’s programme

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The India-China Yoga College (ICYC), which comes under China’s Minzu University, has opened enrollment for its new master’s programme. ICYC was jointly set up by Yunnan Minzu University and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations in 2015. Students can now sign up for the three-year programme, the first two years of which will be completed in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and the final year in India, according to Lu Fang, deputy dean on India-China Yoga College (ICYC).

Students who complete the programme will receive degree/diplomas from both Yunnan Minzu University and Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bengaluru, Lu was quoted as saying by state-run Xinhua news agency.

Courses offered

Post-graduate courses will include asana (poses), pranayama (breathing), yoga therapy and physiology as well as Hindi and Sanskrit to eliminate language barriers. To help students prepare to study in India, the college will also offer courses on Indian culture.

Yoga has become immensely popular in China with millions taking to it all over the country.

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