Ananda Ashram



About Us

International Centre for Yoga Education & Research (ICYER) also known locally as ANANDA ASHRAM. ICYER publishes books and DVDs on Yoga and Indian Cultural arts, a monthly International journal "Yoga Life" and offers a 52-Lesson Correspondence Course in Yoga. Its mission is to present Traditional Classical Yoga in a modern scientific manner and inculcated in a modern Gurukula setting. The ICYER is directed by Yogarcharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, the wife and chief disciple of Shri Swami Gitananda and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Swami Gitananda's son who is a a well trained and experienced medical doctor. Ananda Ashram is perfect to study the teachings of Swami Gitananda Giri. People come here to learn about themselves and to concentrate on Yoga.

Type Of Yoga

  • Hatha
  • Kriyas and Satkarma
  • Meditation
  • Myo-fascial release
  • Pranayama
  • Restorative

Yoga Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


  • Accomodation
  • Ayurveda Clinic
  • Changing Room
  • Drinks/ Snacks
  • Easy Parking
  • Elevators/ Easy access
  • Free Mats
  • Lockers
  • Near Public Transport
  • Shower
  • Toilets
  • Yoga props

Chinnamudaliarchavady Kottukuppam (Via Pondicherry)

Class Schedule

Week Day Class Start Class Ends Class Type
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 5:30 AM 7:30 AM Hatha Yoga
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00 AM 12:30 PM Pranayama,Relaxation and Yoga Chikitsa
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4:00 PM 6:30 PM Yantra Sessions with Dr Ananda
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:00 PM 7:30 PM Bhajans
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7:30 PM 8:00 PM Satsanghs


Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani

Experience - 54 | English,

Smt. Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani came to India to study yoga at the age of 25 and fell in love with the country and its culture. She met her guru and dharma-pati Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj in 1968. She has been editor of the international magazine Yoga Life since 1970 and is Managing Editor of Ananda Ashram's publishing unit Satya Press. As well, she is a prolific author and has written several books pertaining to yoga, including two books of poetry. Amma, as she is affectionately refered to by her students, is a popular conference and seminar speaker, and the list of her keynote speaking engagements over the years is endless. She has been Organizing Secretary for several major International Yoga Conferences. Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani has been recipient of many national awards too.

Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani

Experience - 40 | English,

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER), and Professor of Yoga therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry ( 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.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. His literary works have more than 1450 Citations.


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02 Jul, 2019
I was so fortunate to go to ICYER for 2 years in a row to study with Dr Ananda. This experience deeply added to my understanding of the wisdom and philosophy of yoga and took me to another level in my awareness of this vast and deep healing wisdom. I am a Yoga Therapist and have studied in the West for many years and to finally come to India to study the wisdom of yoga was such a blessing. Dr Ananda shares his knowledge as a doctor who works on integrating Yoga Therapy in a clinical setting and is actively working on creating evidence based studies to show the effectiveness of yoga on health and wellbeing to the world. It is a privilege to study at ICYER with Dr Ananda and his team!
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