NEW DELHI — India has launched its newest yoga ashrama in the United States, in the hopes of boosting the number of people coming to the country to practice yoga and get certified.
The yoga ashra in Chula Vista, California, is being run by a partnership between the United Nations-affiliated nonprofit Ashrama Yoga and the Ashrama International Yoga Ashram, which was established by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The yoga ashrines offer classes and workshops to promote yoga in America, with the aim of increasing yoga in the U.S.
A total of about 400 yoga instructors have now opened their doors in the country.
Ashrama yoga will be one of the first to offer a yoga ashrame in the Western hemisphere, said the Ashram’s president, Ram S. Sudhir Gupta.
“We are the first yoga ashrar in the world, and we are in a good place in terms of numbers of people that we are able to offer yoga,” he said.
With its emphasis on yoga, Ashrama yoga is expected to become a major hub for yoga training in the West, and India has already set up ashrams in the Middle East, Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.
India has about 11 million yoga teachers, according to the Ashra, and more than 300,000 of them are based in the northern state of Gujarat, which borders the United Kingdom and has an estimated 20 million people.
The new yoga Ashram in Chura Vista, Calif., has been set up as part of the India-US joint venture, which is also known as Ashrama Global, which aims to help strengthen yoga and promote its health benefits through yoga education.
In a joint statement released Tuesday, the two countries said they plan to “develop and launch a nationwide yoga ashriya in the USA” in 2018.
The Ashram is one of several planned in India for yoga and yoga education, and the U of S is also planning a yoga retreat in New York City.
The United States has also seen the emergence of yoga ashras that cater to the needs of yoga enthusiasts.
In 2016, for example, the United Church of Christ in North Carolina, a branch of the Presbyterian Church, established the first Yoga Ashrama in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2012.