Yoga from Hong Kong to enter India

By SiliconIndia   |   Wednesday, 29 November 2006, 06:00 Hrs
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Thiruvananthapuram: With major corporate and financial players turning towards India, Hong Kong-based Planet Yoga has confirmed plans to enter the India seas. Talking to Business Standard, Srinivas Suresh Kamal, founder of Kryogaworld, a division of MKS Yoga and Fitness, said his Planet Yoga brand is considering the Indian foray by 2009.

Planet Yoga has six training centers both in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Each of the studios is built with an investment of $1.5 million informed Kamal. For the future he proposes to increase it to 12 training centers. The expansion plans of Kryogaworld include recruiting yoga teachers in India to teach the art to students in Hong Kong and Bangkok. Yoga teachers are being offered about Rs 80,000 plus furnished accommodation individually.

“We understand that yoga teachers in India who have premium students get paid around Rs 12,000 a month and those who teach affluent families draw around Rs 15,000. We offer Rs 80,000 and accommodation to the best teacher. Every recruit will also undergo a training schedule before he gets on with his 8-hour, six-days job,” added Sethu Madhavan, who looks after Indian operations and recruitment division of Kryogaworld.

However, when the India foray happens, the salaries of the yoga teachers at the Indian studios may be a bit lower than the Rs 80,000-mark.

In addition to this, Kamal is exploring the possibilities of blending art forms like Kuchipudi and martial arts such as Kalaripayattu in its schedules. Kryogaworld is also mulling over securing television slots in India and abroad for teaching Planet Yoga routines. It also has lined up interactive home videos in a bid to lure enthusiasts to try out yoga routines at home.

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