Beijing: A well known yoga centre established by an Indian and his Chinese wife has been selected by China's prestigious Peking University to conduct research in the ancient Indian exercise form.
An MoU in this regard has been signed with the varsity, said Mohan Singh Bhandari who established 'Yogi Yoga' centre in 2003.
This is first time a Chinese university has come forward to do research in Yoga, he told PTI.
Local teachers trained by Yogi Yoga will take part in the research programme, he said.
'Yogi Yoga' which has branches all over China has an annual turnover of USD 10 million.
Bhandari along with his wife Yinyan, a former China editor of the Elle Magazine established the centre which has become immensely popular all over China.
It has currently over 20,000 students including those undergoing yoga teacher training, Bhandari said.
The centre actively take part in the yoga events being organised by Indian Embassy in Beijing.
Over the years yoga has become popular all over China. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts are taking part in the event all over China in the run up to June 21 UN Yoga Day.
Last year China established first yoga college in assistance with India.
Based in the Yunnan Minzu (Nationalities) University, the country's first yoga college has become popular with participation of over 3,000 people participating in free yoga sessions offered by the college. India has deputed yoga teachers to conduct training.