Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

Pondicherry Pondicherry
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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.


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The living Siddha of Pondicherry

I thank my beloved Ammaji, Yogacharini Kalaimamani


Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani for being the “beacon of my life”. To paraphrase Einstein, “Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a woman ever walked the face of the earth”. She is the inspiration and motivation of my life and never fails to constantly remind me of the purpose of my incarnation. Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita tells us he will place into the wombs of yoginis those who have not fulfilled their purpose in the present incarnation, thus enabling them to do so in the next (praapya punyakritaam lokaanushitwaa shaashwateeh samaah shucheenaam shreemataam gehe yogabhrashto’bhijaayate- 6:41). Ammaji, if I must be born again, all that I can pray for is that I am once again blessed to be your son and student in all those lifetimes.