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Divided by Routes, United by Culture

by:- Miss. Sonali Dhanwani – Yoga Specialist, India

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India and China, two ancient civilizations with rich cultural heritage, have been engaged in cultural exchanges for centuries. One of the most notable aspects of this exchange has been the practice of yoga, which has gained immense popularity in both countries in recent years.

While there are differences in the way yoga is practised in India and China, there are also similarities in the emphasis on breathing techniques, alignment, and concentration. The use of props such as blocks and straps is also common in both countries. This exchange has helped to promote mutual respect and understanding between the two nations. The practice of yoga in India dates back to ancient times, with its roots in Hinduism and later incorporated into Buddhism.

In China, the practice of yoga is relatively new, with the first yoga studio opening in Beijing
in the 1980s. However, it has gained immense popularity in recent years, recognizing the benefits of yoga for physical and mental health. The India- China yoga exchange has been a two-way street, with Indian yoga teachers travelling to China to teach and Chinese practitioners visiting India to learn. This exchange has helped deepen the understanding of yoga and its benefits while fostering cultural ties between the two nations. In addition to yoga, there
has been a significant influence on the India-China cultural exchange. The ancient trade routes, such as the Silk Road, facilitated the exchange of goods, ideas, and beliefs between India and China.

The spread of Buddhism from India to China, are prime examples of this exchange. More recently, the Indian Ocean Community (IOC) proposed by Indian Prime Minister, Hon’bl
Shri. Narendra Modiji has further promoted cultural exchange amongst IOC nations based on the principles of Arjuna Wijaya (victory without war) and Bauddha Karuna (compassion of Buddhism). The IOC aims to strengthen economic and cultural ties between the nations bordering the Indian Ocean, including India and China.

During my stay, I had the opportunity to participate in several yoga classes and workshops with Chinese practitioners. I was impressed by their dedication and enthusiasm towards the practice, the high hospitality and warmth I received, as well as their willingness to learn from Indian teachers. Overall, my experience of India-China yoga exchanges was a testament to the power of cultural exchange and learning. Through mutual respect and understanding, both countries have enriched their own practices while also building bridges of friendship and cooperation. I look forward to seeing this exchange continue to grow and flourish in the years to come.

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In conclusion, the India-China yoga exchange is a shining example of how cultural exchanges can facilitate mutual respect and understanding between nations. The practice of yoga, along with other aspects of the India-China cultural exchange, has helped to bridge the gap between two ancient civilizations and foster a deeper understanding of each other’s cultures. As the world becomes more interconnected, it is imperative that nations continue to engage in meaningful cultural exchanges to promote peace, understanding, and harmony.

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