Yoga boosts India-Slovenia ties

March 31, 2014 - 1:30:43 am

New Delhi: India and the tiny Central European republic of Slovenia are warming to each other with Slovenians eagerly taking to yoga and Ayurveda and India taking the Balkan nation’s help to boost its winter sports infrastructure, says a visiting Slovenian official. “There are around 30 yoga centres in Slovenia (a splinter country from the former Yugoslavia) and around 10,000 people regularly practice yoga,” Gregor Kos said in an interview during a short visit to India.

“That is a big number given that the population of Slovenia is only about two million,” he added.

Kos, who is the acting secretary general in Slovenia’s ministry of education, science and sport, was here to attend the India-Central Europe Business Forum (ICEBF), a major business event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) March 27-28. During the course of his visit, he also met officials of the Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) here to explore more possibilities of promoting yoga and ayurveda in his country.

“At AYUSH, we are discussing the possibility of signing an agreement between India and Slovenia on ayurveda and yoga. The idea is to ensure quality control,” Kos said .

A person having strong links with India, he said India is increasingly gaining in appeal among Slovenians, many of whom are seeking to recapture the erstwhile warm ties in the sixties between India and the undivided Yugoslavia when Jawaharlal Nehru and Marshal Josip Broz Tito were founders of the Non-Aligned Movement.