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Institute of Salutogenesis & Complementary Medicine

A Unit of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed to be University)

Accredited by NAAC with highest A++ Grade

Ranked 77 among Universities by NIRF 2023

A UGC Category 1 Higher Education Institution

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School of yoga therapy faculty


Deputy Director (Yoga)

Dr Meena Ramanathan

B.Sc., M.A., C.Y.T., D.N.Y.S., P.G.D.Y., M.Sc., M.Phil, PhD (Yoga), C-IAYT

Profile Summary

Yogachemmal Dr. Meena is Associate Professor and Deputy Director of CYTER, the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth.  She has completed numerous undergraduate and post graduate degrees and diplomas in Yoga, Science and English has completed her PhD in Yoga through Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University (TNPESU).  She is a recognized IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA. She has been recognized as PhD Guide (Yoga Therapy and Inter Disciplinary Research) by Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry in March 2016, appointed as Lead Examiner for Yoga Certification Board (YCB) through Indian Yoga Association, recognised by AYUSH, Central Ministry of Health, and New Delhi in Sep 2016.  She has been nominated as “Subject Expert” in the Selection Committee of the Govt of Puducherry, Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy; under National Health Mission. She recently received the Achiever’s Award for “Best Yoga Therapist 2016”. She is currently a Professional and Executive Committee member of Indian Yoga Association representing Pondicherry.
She has authored and co-authored a dozen books and more than three dozen papers on Yoga in English and Tamil in various journals. She is currently carrying on many Research/Pilot Studies at CYTER of SBV at MGMCRI as a guide and co-guide for PhD and MPhil in Yoga Therapy, and has published 40 scientific papers and 8 abstracts in leading Scientific Journals. She has 11 Compilations and 5 Hand-outs to her credit. 
Recently Dr Meena was honoured with “Yognat Shakti 2018”, the Dynamic Woman of Eminence, title awarded by the Yoga Jivana Satsangha, ICYER and Yoganjali Natyalayam, on 21st October 2018, in recognition of her contribution in the field of Yoga and Yogic Sciences. She was also honored with the title award “Yoga Thilagam” by Pondicherry Yogasana Association, in recognition of her dedicated service for the cause of Yoga over the past many decades on 18th November 2018, during the Golden Jubilee year of Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry ,India. 



Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani


Profile Summary

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, Pondicherry (

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 and fifty papers, compilations and abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research in National and International Journals. His literary works have more than 1650 Citations, with an h-Index of 20 and an i10-Index of 35. In addition, he is a Classical Indian Vocalist, Percussionist, Music Composer and Choreographer of Indian Classical Dance.

A recipient of the DSc (Yoga) from Svyasa University, In recent years he has travelled abroad 19 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 Advisor to International Association of Yoga Therapists (, Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (, World Yoga Foundation ( and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide (


Assistant Professor

Mr Dayanidy G


Profile Summary

Shri G Dayanidy is Asst. Professor of CYTER, the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University). He has completed his M.Sc in Yoga through Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University and has completed post graduate degrees and diplomas in Yoga Therapy, Yoga and Science. He is currently doing his Ph.D. in Yoga Therapy also.

He has been a certified Master trainer for Yoga Therapy Assistant course of Health Sector Skill Council, Govt. of India and also appointed as Examiner for Yoga Certification Board (YCB) through Indian Yoga Association & APM Group Limited recognised by AYUSH, Central Ministry of Health, New Delhi in Sep 2016 & Nov 2017. He has also cleared the CBSC National Eligibility Test exam in Yoga for the assistant professor grade conducted by UGC on Jan 2017.

A student of the Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga Paramparya, Dayanidy has been an integral part of the Tradition for over a decade. He has trained hundreds of students under the auspices of Pondicherry University as Yoga Instructor cum Lecturer of the Yoga courses in the Community College and YoganjaliNatyalayam. He Worked as a Yoga Instructor at Advanced Center for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (ACYTER), JIPMER, Pondicherry from June 2009 – March 2016.

He is currently carrying on many Research/Pilot Studies at CYTER, MGMCRI, and has also published scientific papers and abstracts in leading Scientific Journals. He has received many awards such as Yoga Chemmal, Yoga Sudar, Champion of Champions, Swami Gitananda Best Youth, Dynamic Yoga Award, Best Yoga Asana Demonstration Award and Best Karma Yogi Award.


Assistant Professor

Dr Balaji R

He is a Medical Doctor and Yoga Therapist. He is in charge of the research lab of ISCM, his preliminary work is Patient care, integrative research works & Teaching to UG & PG students of School of Yoga Therapy.