China yoga’s second home: Indian envoy

Beijing, Aug 22 (IANS) The ancient Indian science of yoga has found a second home in China, India’s Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha said on Saturday.

Speaking at the 2015 China International Yoga and Naturopathy Conference at Beijing Capital Library, Kantha described yoga as an invaluable gift from ancient Indian tradition, an embassy statement said.

He recalled the celebrations across China of the first International Day of Yoga on June 21 this year and said yoga has found a second home in China.

The ambassador said both Indian and Chinese dreams ought to be aligned and pursued in a mutually supportive manner.

He said it was important to celebrate the common cultural space between India and China, the two ancient civilisations that have interacted for over 2000 years.

Lin Yi, vice-president of China-India Friendship Association, said India and China were in the process of seeking national rejuvenation and prosperity for their people and that expanding cultural exchanges was an important element of cooperation.

Lin Xiaohui of Chan Yoga talked about the value of yoga and the similarities between Indian and Chinese cultures.

Over a thousand people attended the event that was co-hosted by the China International Yoga Organising Committee and the China-India Friendship Association.

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