Taking Yoga and Ayurveda to Kyrgyzstan

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Madhur Tankha
India's immense contribution to the world through yoga and Ayurveda can be gauged from the fact that these twin ancient disciplines are generating interest among the people of Kyrgyzstan. Little wonder that the Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan in India, Asein Isaev, a yogic practitioner, is keen on cementing ties with India through these Vedic sciences.
The Ambassador announced that a novel idea - to familiarise his countrymen with India's ancient holistic treatments - will soon be put in place.
An Ayurveda Wellness Centre will be set up in Bishkek by March. It will be a kind of quick solution provider for health, vigour and mental equilibrium for the people of this multi-ethnic, multi-linguistic and multi-religious nation.
In these times of global pandemic when people across the globe are confined to their homes, the Ambassador has seen to it that ancient Indian knowledge of science and wisdom brings peace, tranquillity and good health among his countrymen.
Does the Ambassador practise yoga as popularised by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, one popped the question at a selected press event at Hotel Eros in Delhi's Nehru Place recently. "Yes, I do yoga in the morning. It brings lot of improvement in well being of those who practice it. We basically want to promote people-to-people contact between citizens of our two countries," he said, with a warm smile, as he explained various asanas he performs before starting his day.
Bollywood singer Shibani Kashyap is excited to explore the country after the launch. She wants to hum a breezy Punjabi song on the occasion. Ms Dhaiya, a young yoga teacher, has been roped in. She will be staying in that country for a year to teach the locals the benefits of yoga.
Geographically isolated with high mountains, Kyrgyzstan has witnessed some of the greatest civilizations. This landlocked nation is blessed with a scenic nature and cuisines of almost every country. There is entertainment too to woo tourists, particularly Indian travellers.
The Ambassador understands that Indian tourists love entertainment and sumptuous food. "We have restaurants serving traditional meals of various countries. We are blessed with a wide range of fruits. They build health and are lapped up by tourists from foreign nations," he says.
For the record, this is a country where adherents of Islam are over 90 per cent. Majority are Kyrgyz, while the rest are Uzbeks, Uyghurs, Tajiks and Turks.
Coffee Morning, a function was organized recently at Hotel Eros by Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in collaboration with CD Foundation for Entrepreneurs Club World and Us.