Yogamani Kalaimamani Yogacharini MEENAKSHI DEVI BHAVANANI is the Director and Resident Acharya of the world famous International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER / Ananda Ashram) at Pondicherry.
She is the Dharmapatni and senior most disciple of the internationally acclaimed Yoga master, Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and has devoted her life to his teachings and to institutions founded by him. A trained journalist by profession, her articles, essays and features appear regularly in National and International press. She is Editor / Managing Director of Yoga Life (Satya Press), a publishing house based in Pondicherry.
Under the tutorledge of her Bharata Natyam master Padma Shri Adyar K. Lakshman of Kalakshetra, Chennai, she is an accomplished Bharata Natyam performer with hundreds of performances all over India and the world. She has trained many thousands of students in Yoga and Bharataanataym in the past 40 years. She was the Director along with her Guru Swami Gitananda Giri of Sri Kambliswamy Yoga and Cultural Arts Youth Programme since 1975 which trained more than 20,000 rural youth in the Carnatic Arts and Yoga free of cost. They are considered pioneers in bringing Carnatic Arts and Yoga to the common people in Pondicherry.