Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre (previously called as Andiappan Yoga Training Centre) was established in 1950 in the remote village of Southern Tamil Nadu. Run by a family of dedicated yoga practitioners who have devoted their lives to the practice, the college has, over the years, helped develop and raise awareness of yoga to the people of India.
The Founder of the school, Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan, has been a practising yogi for over 70 years. His dedication to the ancient system is anchored in more than just an interest in its spiritual side: it is its curative effects; in particular, that has made yoga a lifetime vocation for the Guruji.
Guruji Dr. Andiappan has served a critical role in yoga’s evolution, shaping it into the practice it has become today. He has contributed a large body of knowledge to the field through research, where he has uncovered numerous secrets within ancient yogic texts that reveal the therapeutic benefits of the practice. These include the seminal text in Thirumoolar’s Thirumandiram, about the curative effects in yoga practices. Moreover, based on such texts, Guruji Dr. Andiappan has been able to develop his own sequences of curative asanas—all of which have made such therapeutic benefits accessible, and helped thousands of yoga practitioners in the process.
Guruji Dr. Andiappan’s yogic influence spans the entire world, though earlier ripples of his study and teachings began in his own family. The Guruji’s sons and daughters are all yoga masters backed by a lifetime of practice, and all run their own yoga centres in various parts of the country. Guruji’s son, Yogananth Andiappan, is a world-renowned yogi who has spearheaded the propagation of knowledge and teachings of his father to people across the world.
Today Guruji openly shares his knowledge and life experiences with those who are willing to learn. He has written over 25 books on yoga therapy for various ailments in Tamil, the regional language, as well as published numerous research papers on the curative effects of yoga.
Today, Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre stands as one of the few remaining centres dedicated to authentic yoga traditions and promoting the values of yoga without any commercial motives. There is never a shortage of knowledge and inspiration for students aspiring to become living examples of yoga’s principles and practices. The College is run by a charitable trust, and all funds go into conducting free awareness programmes and yoga teacher trainings for young people who aspire to become yoga teachers. The college is recognised and appreciated by India’s state and central governments for its contributions to the development and awareness of yoga in India.
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