Mumbai, June 20:  The International Yoga Day 2017 is nearing, i.e., on June 21, and many in India practice Yoga. However, a recent study done by Assocham found that India is facing a shortage of about 3 lakh yoga instructors as against the requirement of over 5 lakh yoga practitioners.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself takes part in the Yoga session during the International Yoga Day. Hence, many have chosen yoga as a better option to stay healthy and fit.

Practising yoga is increasingly becoming the ‘new currency for fitness’, said the study. But as the popularity is increasing around the world, there is a shortage of yoga instructors. Yoga has become a daily part of many people’s lifestyle in India. It also helps in mental fitness and reduces stress.

The study adds, “The popularity of yoga amongst celebrities makes teaching yoga an even more lucrative profession. Yoga teachers can charge any rate for private classes depending upon their number of years of experience.”

A number of yoga courses from short-term introductory courses to long-term courses are offered by fitness institutes, yoga ashrams and independently certified yoga therapists, to those for becoming yoga instructors. Many people are ready to invest money from Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 a month for yoga classes. These people consider it as an investment for their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, the study said.