Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Pondicherry Puducherry
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Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), MGMCRI, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry ().
He is also Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India () and Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam in Pondicherry (). He is son and successor of the internationally acclaimed Yoga team of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Yogacharini Kalaimamani Ammaji, Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani.
He is a Gold Medallist in Medical Studies (MBBS) with postgraduate diplomas in both Family Health (PGDFH) as well as Yoga (PGDY) and the Advanced Diploma in Yoga under his illustrious parents in 1991-93. A Fellow of the Indian Academy of Yoga, he has authored 19 DVDs and 23 books on Yoga as well as published more than two hundred papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance.
In recent years he has travelled abroad 15 times and conducted invited talks, public events, workshops and retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences in the UK, USA, Italy, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
He is an Honorary International Advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists (), the Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (), the World Yoga Foundation () and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide ().
A recognized PhD guide for Yoga Therapy he was also recognized as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in September 2016. It is notable that he is the first Indian to receive this honour.
He is currently Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of the CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India as well as the Expert Committees of AYUSH for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the Yoga & Diabetes program. He is Consultant Resource Person for the WHO Collaborative Centre in Traditional Medicine (Yoga) at MDNIY, New Delhi. He is also member of the Executive Council of the Indian Yoga Association () and Board of Directors of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International ().


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Yoga Dharma Incarnate!

Dr. Sir is the most Dharmic man I know! To sincerely take up this path of Yoga one aims to merge with the path; Dr. Ananda demonstrates through his every action the realization of Yogic harmony and equanimity. To study Yoga with him we can learn hundreds of techniques and the esoteric realities of each, we can understand and see the living philosophy in action, we can be inspired to practice, most importantly, we can imbibe the sacred energies of all that is true in Yoga! I am honored to be a part of this illustrious lineage and count myself as one of his students.

Thank you :)

Dearest Gowrishankaranada, Thank you for those humbling words. May i always be worthy of such love. May we all grow and glow together in yoga.

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Dr Ananda

Dr Ananada is the most knowledgeable yogi I have ever had the good fortune to spend some time with. A n exceptional humane being he can channel the ancient teachings in a modern scientific manner

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Dr Ananda

Not only does Dr Ananda have the unique pedigree of Gitananda yoga from his father its founder, but he backs this with an encyclopaedic knowledge of the Hindu scriptures, a background of medicine and first-hand research into the physiology of yoga, and the gift of communicating his knowledge with precision, humility and humour.

Am blessed to have your love Alan for you and Cathy are role models of true, loving humane beings whom i admire greatly. may i always be worthy of such affectionate blessings.

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One who walks in beaty

Dr. Ananda Sir is a modern day yogi.
His teachings combine today’s cutting edge medical science with the ancient spiritual knowings of his paramparai.
As the sun and moon of Swami Gitananda Giri and Puduvai Shakti Meenakshi Devi, he is a synthesis of potent knowledge.
With a good sense of humor and charm Sanjaya Ananada translate and share this valuable information.

Aum Jaya

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A True Yogi!

Dr. Ananda is a true yogi. These days that is hard to find. He is both an authentic yoga practitioner and a medical doctor - an amazing combination. His teachings are genuine and his experience extensive. While in India, sitting in his classes was always a great joy and we all looked forward to attending them. His ideas and perspectives on all areas of yoga are inspiring and thought provoking. And despite his outstanding qualifications Dr. Ananda remains humble and compassionate. As a teacher, there is none better.

My heart warms with gratitude for such kind words expressed by someone whom i value deeply for being a true humane being and an example of dharma

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A rare person indeed

One of the most knowledgeable teachers I have ever met. Yogacharya Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani truly embodies the teachings of yoga and is a great inspiration to all of us who strive towards a life of wisdom and greater purpose.

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A Man of steady wisdom

Dr. Ananda, an excellent humane being, a soulful One, giving the whole always without holding back, be it materialistic things .... be it teaching , name it and he extends his heart and soul, so willingly. to EVERYONE in need, expecting NOTHING in return. A Man of steady wisdom, "Stitha Prajna" as described by Lord Krishna, Dr. Ananda is a trend-setter, a role-model to thousands of his students. Am proud to be his student, the best qualification I hold. An expanded soul, a complete person, yet the most humble one, and down-to-earth. Thank you for being You that made me what me am.

Thank you for being YOU so that i can be ME too. Am blessed to have you in my life and know that i can always count on you. That is a big blessing indeed.

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A rare Yogi

Dr Ananda was born in to a yoga life with his parents Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri and Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. He has lived and breathed yoga for his entire life.. beginning in his mothers womb! Not only is Dr Ananda a rare yogi who embraces the yoga path and its wisdom as easily as talking about the latest movies (!), he presents it in the most inspiring and accessible manner for all.


The sincerest Sadhak and the absolute beginner all sit comfortably at the feet of Dr Ananda as he carries the Rishiculture Ashtanga tradition forward with an exceptional brilliance and love. His training as a medical doctor compliments his understanding of the human pathway, its imbalances as well as its evolution. He willingly and enthusiastically shares his wisdom with all who seek the true path of yoga. An opportunity to learn at the feet of this sincere Yogi is one not to be missed.

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A person who changed my life with the magic of yoga.I was an average student who did her class eight twice, I joined Yoga class in 11th Std. And today i am university rank holder in B.Sc.B.Ed and now working in a reputed school as a higher secondary teacher. Dr.Sir brought in the self confidence and courage in me. And above all this he is and has taught me through his yogic teaching how to live a life of a better human being. I am very grateful to the divine for this lifetime gift. Proud student of Dr.Sir

Am blessed

Am blessed to have you in my life. You are born to help others and will manifest your potential in time to do so much for so many in this world! Bless you always!

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This man is the modern persons Guru. Highly sensitive, insightful, empathic, knowlegeble, caring, humerous and full of compassion, Dr Ananda lives, breathes and loves Yoga. This is clear the moment you meet him. To be in his presence is to be fortunate that your path has enabled you to coincide with his. Walk with him and you will know that this is something truly special. Keeping the Guru spirit alive by nurturing the paraparai is what Ananda does best - he is a credit to his parents Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi and Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri.

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Dr Ananda is a living example of yoga in every breath!

How to write a review on such a man? Dr Ananda is truly great, with the famous Swami Gitananda Giri, his father brought him into this world and raised him along with his equally highly evolved mother Ammaji in a very authentic yoga ashram in South India, Dr Ananda has learnt and experienced so many aspects of yoga to such a depth he has a truly extraordinary life! Aswell as his authentic yogic roots, Dr Ananda is a top medical doctor who has now established a yoga therapy department in one of the best hospitals in India (Jipmer) and is constantly working, researching and publishing literature the effects of yoga. We are blessed to be able to receive teachings from such a lineage.

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A rare and dynamic mix of yogic wisdom and allopathic knowledge makes Dr. Ananda a multitalented and multidisciplinary expert. My greatest respect for his inner integrity as a human being!

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Dr Ananda

Dr Ananda is always helpful when I have any questions to help students and always returns an answer with helpful Practices.
I enjoy his lectures and passing of valuable knowledge!

He is genuine human being with a passion to pass his valuable knowledge of all levels of Yoga Practices taught from his life in the ashram and studies. Traditional teachings from his father Swami Gitananda as taught at Ananda Ashram.

Super. Lesleigh camm.

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multitalented human being He is always a inspiration for others

Patient friendly, student friendly multi talented human being with a humble, loving and caring attitude. Anybody can approach him anytime for any help. Always willing to help not only in yoga field, in any field. He always helps his juniors to come up with flying colors and won't take any credit for himself.