The college figured in one of 24 agreements reached during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to China in May last year.
Under the agreement, India sends at least two tutors to the college. It does not issue degrees, but students who want a degree in yoga can pursue further study at Indian colleges. Velusamy Subbulakshmi, who came from India's Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, has spent the past five months giving yoga lessons. She said it was not hard to communicate yoga culture with Chinese learners. "For example, the Chinese Taiji (shadowboxing), has a great deal of similarity with yoga," she said.
"Yoga has become the most popular form of cultural exchange between China and India," said Ding Shaoxiang, vice governor of Yunnan province. China and India, as neighbours and two of the world's fastest growing economies, have great potential in deepening cultural exchanges, he said.