India has decided to flex it’s soft power by hosting a MEGA-event on the 1st World Yoga Day this year. For those not in the know; India’s PM Narendra Modi proposed and the UN adopted June 21st as World Yoga Day.

To celebrate this year’s event India will jointly host a Yoga event in ….. China (!!) Apparently, China is the world’s fastest growing market for Yoga.

Quoting from Outlook: “Over 10,000 Yoga enthusiasts are expected to take part in the Yoga meet being organised in Dujiangyan in Chengdu, China’s Sichuan province from June 17 to 21, K Nagaraju Naidu, Consul General of the Indian Consulate in Guangzhou told PTI.

China was one of the 170 countries voted for the UN Yoga Day proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year.

Yoga, India’s age old physical, mental and spiritual has become immensely popular over the years in China, which has also promoted it more like a physical exercise. The Yoga event will also feature India’s Ayurvedic medicine being promoted by the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH). The event is  being organised in coordination with China’s southwest Sichuan provincial government.”