The China-India Yoga College that was founded in June 2015 in Yunnan as part of a Delhi-Beijing cultural exchange program, plans to expand its training locations as yoga has been gaining popularity in China as a healthy lifestyle choice.

The college opened its first branch on Saturday at the Yunnan University in the city of Lijiang as part of its nationwide partnership with universities in cultivating high-level yoga professionals, Xinhua news agency reported.

(180621) — KUNMING, June 21, 2018 (Xinhua) — Freshmen of the India-China Yoga College of Yunnan Minzu University practise yoga in Kunming, southwest China’s Yunnan Province, June 21, 2018. The UN General Assembly declared June 21 as the International Yoga Day in 2014. (Xinhua/Xie Ziyi)(wsw)

A total of 50 branches would be set up to boost yoga education and teacher training, according to Chen Luyan, dean of the China-India Yoga College, as it spreads beyond its location city of Kunming in Yunnan Province.

Nearly 100 yoga teaching and training centres would also be built to provide teacher training courses, yoga workshops and non-profit courses, Chen said.

The China-India Yoga College recruits undergraduates and postgraduates at Yunnan Minzu University.

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