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Wai Lana, China’s “Mother of Yoga” Honored with Padma Shri
[YSN, Vol. 4, No. 2 (May 2016)]

Wai Lana, the Mother of Yoga in China

Wai Lana, the Mother of Yoga in China

Wai Lana, Mother of Yoga in China, has been honored with Padma Shri by the Indian government for her extraordinary achievement in making yoga popular globally. This makes her one of the only two Chinese nationals to win the award. She has been known for spreading the benefits of Yoga throughout China. In the US, her television show, Wai Lana Yoga, has been on air for over 17 years now. This makes the 30-minute show the longest-running fitness series on public television. Her show has also aired internationally in North and South America, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Middle East.

To celebrate the first Yoga Day in 2015, Lana produced a ‘Namaste’ video to help people remember one of yoga’s greatest lessons—humility and respect for others.

Her video can be watched here:

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