Yoga, tai chi are the new­est prod­ucts in ‘wealth’ man­age­ment

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BEI­JING — If “health is wealth”, then yoga and tai chi must be the new­est wealth man­age­ment prod­ucts in town.

Since the first In­dian yoga col­lege in China was es­tab­lished in June 2015 at Yun­nan Na­tion­al­i­ties Univer­sity in Kun­ming, the cap­i­tal of Yun­nan prov­ince, batches of In­dian yoga teach­ers have come to China and their love for this coun­try has taken root.

“Put your palms to­gether in front of your chest with your spine in a neu­tral po­si­tion,” Sub­bu­lak­shmi Velusamy, a 37-year-old In­dian yoga teacher, said to her stu­dents.

Af­ter show­ing the move­ments, she ob­served her fol­low­ers and cor­rected them.

This in­ter­me­di­ate yoga course was avail­able for the gen­eral pub­lic. Although only a few peo­ple at­tended the class dur­ing sum­mer va­ca­tion, Velusamy still im­parted the skills and knowl­edge with great en­thu­si­asm.

Hav­ing lived in China for a year-and-a-half since 2015, Velusamy has reaped friend­ship in China. “Lo­cal peo­ple are re­ally friendly to me. While they may feel cu­ri­ous about me at first sight, they show hos­pi­tal­ity and warmth when they know I am from In­dia,” she said.

“While In­dian cities also grow fast, Kun­ming per­forms bet­ter across a va­ri­ety of met­rics,” she said. “If pos­si­ble, I would like to con­tinue to live in China.”

Yatin­dra Amoli, an­other In­dian yoga teacher in the col­lege, is ad­dicted to In­dian and

Num­ber of an­cient art forms that a Yun­nan univer­sity is com­bin­ing for syn­ergy.

Chi­nese cul­tures.

He is sur­prised at the sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the two peo­ples’ cul­tures, life­styles, di­etary habits and even mar­riage cus­toms.

“Chi­nese peo­ple once trans­ported many com­modi­ties like tea to In­dia through the An­cient Tea Horse Road (a trade link in South­west China, ex­tend­ing to South Asia). The his­tory of trade may partly ex­plain our sim­i­lar­i­ties,” he said.

Tai chi, a gen­tle Chi­nese ex­er­cise or mar­tial art char­ac­ter­ized by rhyth­mic cir­cu­lar move­ments, is usu­ally com­pared with yoga. YNU has also es­tab­lished a tai chi col­lege, which helps pro­mote the two arts by learn­ing from each other.

“Tai chi is the best med­i­ta­tion method and can help us have more praana (a term in Hindu phi­los­o­phy, mean­ing the force that keeps all life in ex­is­tence). Through tai chi ex­er­cises, we can feel the flow­ing en­ergy of the world,” Amoli said.

Liv­ing here for one-and-ahalf years like Velusamy, he is treated like a friend by Chi­nese peo­ple, he said.

YANG GANG / FOR CHINA DAILY

Jack Ma (cen­ter), founder of Alibaba Group, holds a big Chi­nese char­ac­ter “at the launch of Taiji Zen In­ter­na­tional Culture Co Ltd. Taiji Zen was jointly founded by Ma and fa­mous kung fu ac­tor Jet Li.

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