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Director of Salutogenesis and Complementary Medicine

Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani MBBS, ADY, DPC, DSM, PGDFH, PGDY, MD (AM), FIAY, C-IAYT, DSc (Yoga)
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is Director of the Institute of Complementary medicine and Salutogenesis (ICMS) and Professor of Yoga Therapy at the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry.
He serves as member of numerous expert committees in Ministry of AYUSH including its Steering Committee of the Yoga Certification Board, National Board for Promotion of Yoga and Naturopathy, Scientific Advisory Committee & Standing Finance Committees of CCRYN, Expert Committees 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 EC member and Joint Secretary of the Indian Yoga Association ( and Senior Vice President of the National Yogasana Sport Association (

A recipient of the coveted DSc in Yoga from SVYASA Yoga University, 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 27 books and 32 compilations on Yoga as well as published more than 300 papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than 3000 Citations, with an h-Index of 27 and an i10-Index of 55. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance.

He is a recognized PhD guide for Yoga Therapy and is the first Indian to be recognized as an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA. In recent years he has travelled abroad 20 times and conducted invited talks, public events, workshops and retreats and been major presenter at Yoga conferences in the UK, USA, Italy, South Africa, Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

He is an Honorary Advisor to International Association of Yoga Therapists (, Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (, and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide (