It is a proud moment for India where Yoga was originated, to witness its spread all around the world. In Vietnam, things are no different. In the once-war-torn country, after the very first International Yoga Day was celebrated, the population of the small country has turned to Yoga, especially the women.
The first ever International Yoga Day was celebrated last June, and in over 10 provinces of Vietnam where Yoga centres have been in healthy competition with aerobic fitness centres, Yoga receives a lot more preference for healthcare in a holistic sense.
Yoga was introduced in Vietnam in the 1960s, but it did not receive as much praise as it should have at the time. A second wave of popularity came in the 1980s, but a commendable increase in the numbers of Yoga practitioners and students began after the International Yoga Day. Many practitioners are of the opinion that the idea put forwarded by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate the practice was appreciated to a great extent. As many as 2000 people participated in the celebration. Dung Tien Nguyen, who runs a popular Yoga centre in Vietnam emphasized the fact that Yoga can contribute to the society as preventive treatment. Gurdev Singh, an Indian national who has a Yoga centre in Vietnam, says that a lot of Yoga centres focus more