India is a young, developing country with a rich and interesting history. There is so much more to India than snake charmers, elephant rides or religious festivals and the country offers many learning opportunities besides sightseeing, food, heritage and other experiences.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga is a popular set of physical, mental, and spiritual practices that help cure bodily discomforts, improve body postures and overall health. This practice originated in India around the 5th and 6th Century BC and the knowledge has been passed down sacredly over centuries. Yoga poses or asanas can be learnt in India (or from experts who even teach it online) to help cure discomforts and practise a healthy lifestyle.

Meditation is a breathing and focusing technique that helps with management of symptoms connected to mental health issues such as anxiety disorders, depression, sleep disorders, body pains, blood pressure, etc. This practice includes mindfulness practice, slow breathing techniques etc that give you good stress management skills, increases self-awareness and improves overall emotional well-being, and hence is recommended by many therapists and psychologists in India and in many other countries.

There are many retreats in India that teach these techniques, and they provide a pleasant experience, at the end of which you will have a weapon to handle your emotional or physical health well.

Indian Art (incl Rangoli, Tribal Art)

Indian cities and towns – building and artefacts etc. are filled with some kind of art – ethnic, tribal, contemporary, and so on. There are many art techniques that can be learnt in the country such as – Mandala painting, pottery, button art, Rangoli, Henna (Mehndi art), bead art, making jewellery out of silk threads or quilling paper and other craft objects, and so on. These can be a great worthwhile skill to learn, either for amusing oneself or even for running a business by becoming very good at it.

Indian Languages

India has about 22 official languages and more than 10 foreign languages are known here. Whichever region you are in, it may have a different dialect that is local to it. If you have an interest in learning a new language, there can’t be a better place that India – but also, it can be easy to get confused with so many languages. You can choose to learn Hindi which is spoken in most of Northern India and some parts of south India as well – or you can choose to learn any other language like Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Gujrati, Oriya, Assamese, and so on. The choices are abundant.

Indian Music

Indian music is of 2 types primarily – Classical and Light music (this includes film music, pop, and other non-classical compositions). It is not difficult to fins places or people who teach music in India – be it singing or playing an instrument. Instruments like Tabla, sitar and flute are widely used in India and these have very unique sounds that you cannot find it other instruments around the world. They reverberate the rich cultural heritage of India and these sounds have the ability to immediately make you feel calm. If you are a music lover, learning any of these can help you explore new paradigms in music can take you to a completely new world of music.

Indian Dance (classical, Film)

Indian dance too is of 2 types primarily – classical and “filmy” dance (includes Bollywood dancing). Classical Indian dance forms are full of colour, grace, drama and storytelling and involve colourful and classy outfits that match the theme. Some examples are - Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, Kathakali and Manipuri. Filmy dances on the other hand are filled with more vivid costumes, and elaborate drama and fun filled music. Both these can be fun to learn – while classical dances are a bit more difficult to learn, they are delightful.

Apart from these, there are many day-to-day things that Indians can teach the rest of the world, such as:

There is an ocean of skills and takeaways that India can offer, which people can make use of to make their lives simpler, better, happier or more delightful. These learning experiences also provide a sense of contentment and achievement even if only basic stages may be covered and this is a great reason for people to visit India and get some kind of learning experience to acquire any of the aforementioned skills.

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