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CURRICULUM VITAE

NAME : Yogacharya Dr. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI

PARENTS NAME : Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj
Kalaimamani Yogacharini Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani
DATE OF BIRTH : 16th April 1972, Pondicherry, South India
ADDRESS : No. 25, 2nd Cross, Iyyanar Nagar, Pondicherry - 605 013.
Phone: +91-413 – 2241561, 2622902. Mobile: +91-98423 11433
E-mail: yognat@gmail.com (&) ananda@icyer.com
Website: www.icyer.com (&) www.rishiculture.in

EDUCATION :
 Diploma (DY) and Advanced Diploma in Yoga (ADY) at ICYER, Ananda Ashram,
Pondicherry under direct guidance of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru
Maharaj and Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani in 1991-92 and 1992-93.
 M.B.B.S Degree from Nagpur University at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College -
Wardha – Maharasthra during 1993-1997. Passed Final M.B.B.S. with Distinction in
General Surgery and Gold Medal in Community Medicine. Completed internship at
JIPMER, Pondicherry during 1998-99.
 Diploma in Psychological Counseling from Institute for Health Care Administration,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (2001)
 Diploma in Stress Management from Institute for Health Care Administration,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (2001)
 Two Year Post Graduate Diploma in Family Health (PGDFH) from Sri Ramachandra
Medical College and Research Institute (Deemed University), Porur, Chennai-116,
Tamil Nadu. (2001-2003). (Achieved merit distinction)
 Completed the Post Graduate Certificate course in Pediatrics (PGCP) from IMA AK
Sinha Institute, New Delhi and designated as counselor with 180 hours of CME credit in
February 2005.
 Passed with Merit Distinction the Post Graduate Diploma in Yoga (PGDY) course
from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu topping more than 450
students to stand FIRST RANK overall. 2005.
 Awarded MD (Alternative Medicine) by the Indian Council of Alternative Medicines,
Kolkata, West Bengal in 2013.
 Carnatic Vocal Training for Twenty years under Kalaimamani, Sri Kanchi Kamakoti
Peeta Asthana Vidwan, Sangeetha Bhushanam, Guru Sri Rengam Sri R. Ranganathan.
Initially trained under Kalaimamani Puduvai V Manikannan and performed
Arangetram under his guidance at the age of only 12 years on August 11, 1984. For the
past decade and a half, he has shared a special Manasika Guru-Sishya relationship with
Padma Bhushan Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sri TV Sankaranarayanan, one of India’s greatest
vocalists.
 Mridungam Training from age eight to present under Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peeta
Asthana Vidwan Thiruvaroor Sri R. Krishnamurthy. Performed Arangetram in 1987 at
the age of only 15 years.
 Bharata Natyam training from age of Six years under guidance of Guru Padmashri
Natya Kalanidhi Adyar K. Lakshmanan and Puduvai Kalaimamani Meenakshi Devi
Bhavanani. Has been performing on stage since the age of 8 years.
 Sanskrit Mantra (Vedic) training from age of five under guidance of Shivacharya Sri
Mangalanath Gurukkal and later under Sri Raja Shastrigal.

AWARDS :
 “YOGACHARYA” title received from Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri on
behalf of ICYER in March 1992.
 “MARUDHA RAMALINGANAR AWARD and Rolling Shield for Outstanding
Young Person 2002” received from Thiru A V Subramaniyam, Deputy Speaker of the
Pondicherry Legislative Assembly on behalf of Youth Peace Centre on 16th June 2003.
 “K.S. Jayarama Iyer Award for Best Instrumentalist”. Three years from 1986 to 1989 at
BGV, Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu.
 ‘PUDUVAI MANNIN MAINDHAN’ title awarded by the Puduvai Kuber Iyakkam,
Pondicherry during Mridungam Arangetram, 1987.
 “SHRI H. B. SINGH MEMORIAL GOLD MEDAL” in Community Medicine
(Nagpur University) (1998) for achieving top rank out of five medical colleges
affiliated to Nagpur University, Maharasthra. Also achieved Distinction in General
Surgery and topped his batch of 100 students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd MBBS exams.
 “PALKALAI CHEMMAL” title awarded by Valluvar Villisai Kuzhu, Pondicherry
during Navarathri at Sringeri Saradha Madam (2000).
 “YOGA VIBHUSHAN” title awarded by Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association and
Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu at the 15th TN State Yogasana
Championship, Kovilpatti, Tamil Nadu (2003).
 Nominated as HONORARY ADVISOR to the WORLD YOGA COUNCIL of the
INTERNATIONAL YOGA FEDERATION, South America in 2002.
 Nominated as HONORARY MEMBER of the YOGA SPORT COUNCIL of the
INTERNATIONAL YOGA FEDERATION, South America in July 2003.
 “ACHIEVER AWARD” (SADANAIYALAR VIRUDHU) presented by Vinayagar
Chathurthi Celebrations Committee, Pondicherry (2003).
 Nominated as the INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL AMBASSADOR OF YOGA
(World Yoga Community) by the International Yoga Federation, South America in
August 2004.
 “YOGA BISHMACHARYA” awarded by Tirumoolar Yoga and Natural Diet Trust,
Chennai and Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association (2004).
 “YOGACHARIAR BANGALORE SUNDARAM AWARD 2005” received from Shri
Surjeet Singh Barnala, His Excellency the Governor of Tamil Nadu on behalf of Asana
Andiappan Sundara Yoga & Natural Living Development Trust at Chennai on 26.2.
2005.
 Elected as a FELLOW of the INDIAN ACADEMY OF YOGA in the year 2005 and
received the prestigious fellowship at the Annual Convocation of the Academy held on
March 12th 2005 at the Yoga Sadhana Kendra, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi.
 “YOGA CHAKRAVARTHY” title awarded by Gitanjali Yoga Centre at the 1st Annual
Day Celebrations held at Pondicherry on 21st September 2005.
 Nominated as HONORARY SECRETARY FOR ALL INDIA by executive board of
International Yoga Federation, South America (2006).
 Received the "Dr. Sushila K. Thaker Prakruti Mandir Annual Research Award and
Gold Medal for work at the National Level in the field of Yoga” from the Academy of
Ayurveda Development and Research (AADAR), Ahmedabad, Gujarat (2006).
 “MATTALA VITTAGA MAMANI” title by Valluvar Villisai Kuzhu, Pondicherry
(2008).
 “MUTHAMIZH SUVAIGNAR” title awarded by Valluvar Villisai Kuzhu, Pondicherry
(2008).
 “SEVAI THILAKAM” title awarded by Kalaithai Kalai Sangam in July 2008.
 “SHIVA YOGA CHUDAR” title awarded by Muthamizh Mamani Pulavar I
Pattabiramane at Sambandar Charitram Dance Drama (2008).
 “YOGA KALAIMAMANI” title awarded by Valluvar Villisai Kuzhu, under direction
of Muthamizh Mamani Pulavar I Pattabiramane on occasion of the 23rd Pondicherry
State Yoga Sports Championship (2008).
 “YOGA THILAKAM” title awarded by Shakthi Medical Trust, under direction of Dr
Paramakedou on 21st May 2009.
 Awarded SILVER MEDAL by PT Pazhaniraja Trust on 25th July 2009 at Pondicherry in
appreciation of social upliftment through Yoga and the Indian cultural arts.
 “SIVANERI ISAI CHEMMAL” title awarded by Paniru Thirumurai Pannatu Manadu
(World Shaiva Tamil Conference) on 13th February 2010 at Pondicherry.
 Awarded SRI AUROBINDO AWARD (MAHAN ARVINDAR VIRUDU) on November
16th 2010 by the Pondicherry State Artists Association in recognition of his service for
the cause of spirituality.
 Honoured for Yoga Seva by Kumari Selja Union Minister for Tourism during 18th
International Yoga Festival 2011 in the presence of Sri V Narayanasamy, Union Minister
for Culture, Lt Governor of Pondicherry Dr Iqbal Singh, Chief Minister Sri
Vaithiyalingam, Home Minister Sri Valsaraj, Tourism Minister Sri Malladi Krishna Rao
& Social Welfare Minister Sri Kandasamy.
 Awarded a “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT IN FIELD OF YOGA AWARD” on January
7th 2011 by the Department of Tourism, Govt of Pondicherry during the 18th
International Yoga Festival, Pondicherry-Jan, 2011.
 “PALKALAISUDAR MAMANI” title awarded by Valluvar Villisai Kuzhu, under
direction of Muthamizh Mamani Pulavar I Pattabiraman during 20th Annual Day of
Yoganjali Natyalayam, Pondicherry (7th July, 2013).
 Awarded the SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY: BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD 2013 by
Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA), during 3rd National Conference on
School Psychology Services to Multiple Disabled Children, held 22-24 November 2013
at NIEPMD, Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu, India.
 Awarded BIODIVERSITY AWARD 2014 for excellence in spreading the awareness of
nature and culture internationally through Yoganjali Natyalayam. Award presented on
behalf of ARANYA Forest and Sanctuary, Auroville by Shri N Balabaskar IAS,
Secretary Auroville Foundation in the presence of Ms Aster Patel, Kavignar R
Meenakshi and Shri Sanjeev Agarwal of the Sri Aurobindo International Institute of
Educational Research (SAIIER).
 Included in REFERENCE ASIA: Asia’s Who’s Who of Men and Women of
Achievement (Revised Ed Vol. III) published by Rifacimento International, New Delhi-
April 2014.
 Included in EMERALD WHO’S WHO IN ASIA (First Ed) published by Rifacimento
International, New Delhi- June 2014.
 Included in BIOGRAPHY INDIA (First Ed) published by Rifacimento International,
New Delhi- August 2014.
 Included in ASIA PACIFIC WHO’S WHO (XIII Ed) published by Rifacimento
International, New Delhi- January 2015.
 Included in FAMOUS INDIA: NATION’S WHO’S WHO published by Reguerdon Inc,
New Delhi- February 2015.
 Included in ASIA: MEN & WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT (Vol.VII) published by
Reguerdon Inc, New Delhi- February 2015.
 Included in KOHINOOR PERSONALITIES OF ASIA (Vol. III) published by
Reguerdon Inc, New Delhi- April 2015.
 Included in ASIAN AMERICAN WHO’S WHO (Vol. VII) published by Rifacimento
International, New Delhi, India.- May 2015
 Honoured for his Yoga Seva for the Youth of Pondicherry by NEHRU YUVA
KENDRA on the 1st International Day of Yoga (21 June 2015). Award was presented by
Shri V Sabhapathy, Speaker Puducherry legislative Assembly in the presence of
Honorable Minsters, MLAs and eminent citizens of Pondicherry.
 BHARAT EXCELLENCE AWARD and certificate of honor and felicitation from
Friendship Forum, New Delhi for his contribution towards promoting greater
friendship and India-International cooperation. Award given by Dr GVG
Krishnamurthy, Former Election Commissioner of India. June 2015.
 He was honored with the SIGARAM (Peak of Excellence) award by the Pondicherry
Drama Association during its annual event on June 28th 2015. This prestigious honor
was bestowed upon him in recognition of his service and achievements in the field of
music, dance and yoga.
 BEST PERSONALITIES OF INDIA AWARD from Friendship Forum, New Delhi for
his excellent contribution towards welfare of people. August 2015.
 Included in ASIAN ADMIRABLE ACHIEVERS (Vol. VIII) published by Rifacimento
International, New Delhi, India.- September 2015.
 "MAHATMA GANDHI AWARD for Excellence to Outstanding Men and Women of
India" from Friendship Forum, New Delhi-November 2015.
 SHINING ACHIEVERS OF INDIA AWARD from Friendship Forum, New Delhi-
November 2015.
 Awarded BEST PAPER AWARD in the theme "Experiential Paradigm of Yoga in
Education" in the 8th International Conference on Yoga & Education at Kaivalydhama,
Lonavla, India from 27th - 30th December 2015. He received the award from the hands
of Swami Maheshanandaji (Chairman Kaivalydhama) in the august presence of Dr BM
Hegde and Sri DR Karthikeyan.
 BEST INDIAN PERSONALITIES AWARD 2016 from Friendship Forum, New Delhi
for Excellence in Yoga - Feb 2016.
 Included in ASIA PACIFIC WHO’S WHO (XIV Ed) published by Rifacimento
International, New Delhi- March 2016.
 Included in FAMOUS INDIA: NATION’S WHO’S WHO published by Reguerdon Inc,
New Delhi- October 2016.
 Recognized as PhD Guide (Yoga Therapy and Inter Disciplinary Research) by Sri
Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry in August 2016.
 Recognized as IAYT CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST by International Association
of Yoga Therapists, USA in September 2016. First Indian to receive this honor.
 Honored with the InSPA PK Subbaraja Trust Best Performance Award by the CM of
Puducherry Sri V Narayanasamy during 6th InSPA International Conference and 3rd
International Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry
University at Convention Centre of the Pondicherry University on 13 Oct 2016.
 Nominated to the prestigious National Board for the Promotion and Development of
Yoga and Naturopathy, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India on 3.12. 2017

PUBLICATIONS IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY:
I. BOOKS (23)
1. YOGA FOR CHILDREN (1985)
2. YOGA FOR MODERN MAN (2002) & e-book 2013
3. THEORY SYLLABUS FOR YOGA COMPETITIONS (2002)
4. A YOGIC APPROACH TO STRESS (2003), (2nd ed-2007) - Italian ed & e-book 2013
5. A PRIMER OF YOGA THEORY (2004, 2008, 2014, 2017) & e-book (2013, 2014)
6. YOGA VINA VIDAI THOGUPPU (Tamil-2005) - 2nd ed, 2010- Meena Ramanathan
7. YOGA: 1 TO 10 (2005) - Italian edition 2009 & e-book 2013
8. BASIC LESSONS IN HATHA YOGA (Tamil-2006) - Meena Ramanathan
9. Revised and edited the second edition of Dr Swami Gitananda Giri’s
CORRECTION OF BREATHING DISORDERS THROUGH RISHICULTURE
ASHTANGA YOGA (2006). - e-book 2013
10. Revised and edited the second edition of Dr Swami Gitananda Giri’s MUDRAS
(2006). - e-book 2013
11. YOGA FOR WEIGHT REDUCTION.(2008) & e-book 2013
12. YOGA FOR HEALTH AND HEALING (2008) & e-book 2013
13. CHAKRAS: THE PSYCHIC CENTRES OF YOGA & TANTRA (2008) - e-book
2013
14. PRANAYAMA IN THE GITANANDA YOGA TRADITION (2008)-Italian edition
2009 - e-book 2013
15. YOGA FOR WEIGHT REDUCTION (TAMIL-2009) -With Meena Ramanathan
16. HATHA YOGA OF THE GITANANDA YOGA TRADITION (2009) -Italian
edition 2011 - e-book 2013
17. MEDITATION THE INNER YOGA (2009) - e-book 2013
18. Revised and edited the second edition of Dr Swami Gitananda Giri’s SURYA
NAMASKAR (2011). - e-book 2013
19. YOGA AND WELLNESS. A Yoga Module for Wellness by ICYER & Yoganjali
Natyalayam, Puducherry. Published by MDNIY, New Delhi for the National Yoga
Week- Feb 2011. - e-book 2013
20. UNDERSTANDING THE YOGA DARSHAN. An exploration of the Yoga Sutra of
Maharishi Patanjali. (2011) - e-book 2013
21. YOGA FOR A WHOLISTIC PERSONALITY. A Guide to Concepts and Practices
of Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga as Taught by Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda
Giri Guru Maharaj, Founder Ananda Ashram. Published by MDNIY, New Delhi for
the National Yoga Week- Feb 2012. - e-book 2013
22. YOGA CHIKITSA: The Application of Yoga as a Therapy (2013) - e-book 2013
23. SARASWATI’S PEARLS –Dialogues on the Yoga of Sound with Dr. Sangeeta
Laura Biagi (2013). - e-book 2013

II. COMPILATIONS IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY: (25)
1. NOTES FOR PRACTICAL YOGA CLASSES. A booklet prepared for the International
Yoga Festival conducted by Pondicherry Government’s Tourism Department. (2000
copies printed in 2006, 1500 copies reprinted in 2007, 1500 in 2008 and 1500 in 2009)
2. Compiled and edited 130 paged notes for the subject, “SCIENTIFIC BASIS OF YOGA
EDUCATION” for students of the D.Y.Ed course at Pondicherry University
Community College (2006).
3. Compiled and edited 135 paged notes for the subject, “PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
OF YOGA THERAPY” for students of the D.Y.Ed course at Pondicherry University
Community College (2007).
4. Compiled and edited 41 paged notes for the subject, “YOGA PRACTICALS-I” for
students of the PGDY and D.Y.Ed courses at Pondicherry University Community
College (2007).
5. Compiled and edited 62 paged notes for the subject, “YOGA PRACTICALS-II” for
students of the PGDY and D.Y.Ed courses at Pondicherry University Community
College (2007).
6. Compiled and edited 122 paged notes for the subject, “PRINCIPLES AND METHODS
OF YOGA PRACTICES” for students of the D.Y.Ed course at Pondicherry University
Community College (2009).
7. Assisted Dr Madanmohan, Programme Director ACYTER, JIPMER in compiling
Proceedings of the National Workshop on Introducing Yoga in the Medical
Curriculum (2009-10).
8. Assisted Dr Ishwara Acharya (PO YT) and Dr IV Basavaraddi, Director, MDNIY, New
Delhi in compiling a booklet on “YOGA & TECHNOSTRESS” for Yoga Week 2010
conducted by MDNIY (2010).
9. Compiled 60 paged handout materials for the National Workshop on Role of Yoga in
Prevention and Management of Hypertension, ACYTER, JIPMER, Pondicherry (2010).
10. Compiled 60 paged educational handout materials on the Role of Yoga in Prevention
and Management of Diabetes Mellitus, ACYTER, JIPMER, Pondicherry (2010).
11. Assisted Dr Madanmohan, Programme Director ACYTER, JIPMER in compiling
Proceedings of the National Workshop on Role of Yoga in Hypertension (2010).
12. Editorial Board Member: YOGA TEACHER’S MANUAL for School Teachers. MDNIY,
Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Govt of India, New Delhi (2010).
13. Assisted Dr Madanmohan, Programme Director ACYTER, JIPMER in compiling
Proceedings of the National Workshop on Role of Yoga in Diabetes Mellitus (2011-
12).
14. Compiled 125 paged monograph on Report on Yoga research Studies at ACYTER,
JIPMER: 2008-12 (2012).
15. Compiled and edited Compilation of ACYTER bulletins from April 2009 to February
2012 (2012).
16. Compiled and edited 80 paged E-SOUVENIR and handout materials for the CME-
cum-Workshop on Yoga & Lifestyle Disorders at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry on 22
November 2013. This event was organized by Department of Physiology and Centre for
Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), MGMC&RI, SBVU.
17. Guest Editor for the “Yoga and Lifestyle Disorders” section in a special issue on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the Annals of SBV (July-December)
2013.
18. Edited the YOGA DRISHTHI - A compilation of Swami Gitananda Giri’s quotations
by Dr Alan Davis. (2014) - e-book 2014
19. Compiled and edited 72 paged SOUVENIR for the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and
meditation: neurophysiological correlates” at MGMC&RI, Pondicherry on 27
November 2014. This event was organized by Department of Physiology and Centre for
Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), MGMC&RI, SBVU.
20. Invited to be part of the team for putting together the first medical textbook on yoga
and yoga therapy, entitled The Principles and Practice of Yoga in Health Care that is
under contract with a well-respected British textbook publisher (Handspring
Publishing), and released in 2016. Was invited to be an advisor on the Yoga Therapy
section for various disorders and be author for a chapter on the "Historical
developments of Yoga as a therapy". The editorial team includes Timothy McCall, Sat
Bir Khalsa, Lorenzo Cohen, and Shirley Telles.
21. Compiled and edited 126 paged SOUVENIR for the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF
YOGA celebrations at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University held at Pondicherry from 21 to
26 June 2015. This event was organized by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and
Research in association with Pondicherry Yogasana Association and Department of
Physiology, MGMCRI.
22. EDITOR of the Newsletter of the INDIAN YOGA ASSOCIATION, MDNIY, New
Delhi from December 2015 onwards.
23. Compiled and edited 130 paged SOUVENIR for the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF
YOGA celebrations at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University held at Pondicherry from 19 to
21 June 2016. This event was organized by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and
Research in association with Pondicherry Yogasana Association, Department of
Physiology, MGMCRI and Department of Tourism, Govt of Pondicherry.
24. Compiled and edited 96 paged Yoga Practical Notes for CYTER at Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry-2 November 2016.
25. Compiled and edited 128 paged SOUVENIR for the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF
YOGA celebrations at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University held at Pondicherry from 19 to
23 June 2017. This event was organized by the Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and
Research in association with Pondicherry Yogasana Association, Department of
Physiology, MGMCRI and Department of Tourism, Govt of Pondicherry.

III. VIDEO PRODUCTIONS IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY:
1. DVDs/ CDs with Super Audio Chennai:
1. Pranayama For Health And Well Being
2. Yoga for insomnia by Ammaji (Dhivyananda creations)
3. Satyam-Shivam-Sundaram (Dhivyananda creations)
4. Yoga Mudras- gestures for your hands, feet and eyes
5. Body Talk- Yoga gestures of the human body
6. Yoga Stress Busters
7. Yoga for breathing disorders
8. Yoga for weight loss
9. Meditation: The Inner Yoga
10. Chakras: the psychic centres of Yoga and Tantra
11. Yoga for diabetes
12. Yoga for hypertension
13. Yoga for spinal health
14. Yoga for healthy digestion
15. Yoga for arthritis
16. Yoga for pelvic health
17. Yoga for sleeping disorders
18. Advanced Pranayamas
19. Yoga in Your Office –Also available as applications for iPhone and iPad
2. MUSIC THERAPY AND YOGA (One DVD-three VCDs). Artistic choreography of
Yogasanas performed by students of Yognat the under direction of Dr Ananda in tune
with music composed by Dr Harre Harren, musicologist and music therapist. These
three VCDs are available separately or in combination in one DVD from Vedu
Electronics, Chennai.
3. Coordinated production of the DVD “HOMAGE TO THE NAVAGRAHAS” (live
performance) of Yognat’s dance drama (2006).
4. Coordinated the production of “KARNA CHARITRAM” a DVD (live performance) of
the dance drama by Yoganjali Natyalayam (2007).
5. Coordinated the production of “SAMBANDAR CHARITRAM” a DVD (live
performance) of dance drama by Yoganjali Natyalayam (2008).
6. Coordinated the production of “PANCHALI SABADAM” a DVD (live performance) of
dance drama by Yoganjali Natyalayam (2009).
7. Coordinated the production of “MURUGA MURUGA” a DVD (live performance) of
dance drama by Yoganjali Natyalayam (2010).
8. Coordinated the production of “SHAKUNTALA” a DVD (live performance) of dance
drama by Yoganjali Natyalayam (2011).
9. Coordinating Yoga expert with the STILL WATERS Company in Chennai for the
Advert film on the International Yoga Festival that won a BRONZE MEDAL at
CANNES 2008. Reported in The Hindu Metro Plus, Chennai the 7th July 2008.
10. Presented 5 episodes on Yoga for NDTV Good times (Reebok life channel) on Yoga for
neck pain, thyroid disorders, balance and stability, breathing disorders and
Pranayamas (2008) with numerous repeat broadcasts in 2009.
11. BASICS OF MRIDUNGAM: a VCD on basic lessons on the Mridungam.
12. Featured in Yoga: An Ancient Vision of Life, a full length documentary film by the
famed art historian Shri Benoy K Behl that has been showcased in many prestigious
films festivals worldwide (2014).
13. Featured in Yoga Therapy in India, a video project by Joseph and Lilian Le Page,
Directors of Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) in the USA and Enchanted Mountain Yoga
Center in Brazil. (2014-15)
14. Featured in Yoga: The Divinity of Grace, a documentary film by famed art historian
Shri Benoy K Behl showcased in many prestigious films festivals worldwide (2016).

IV. MUSIC ALBUMS:
1. Coordinated, composed and sang Classical Carnatic Music in English for the music album
THE YOGA OF SOUND. (1998)
2. Coordinated and sang exclusive Classical Carnatic Tamil compositions for the music album
TAMIL INBAM. 1999
3. Played Mridungam for Kalaimamani Pulavar Thiru I Pattabiraman’s Music Album-
SENDHEN TAMILISAI (2002)
4. Coordinated and played Mridungam for Smt Jyothirmayi’s Carnatic Vocal Music Album
“BHAKTI MANI MALA” (2003)
5. Coordinated the re-mastering and release of “BHAJANS WITH SWAMIJI” audio album
of Ananda Ashram Bhajans (2003)
6. Coordinated the production of “PANCHAKSHARA JAPA” audio album of Ananda
Ashram’s Maha Shivaratri Chanting (2004)
7. Coordinated the production of “PRANAVA SADHANA” audio album of Ananda
Ashram’s AUM (OM) Chanting (2004)
8. Played Mridungam for Dr M Harre Harren’s (Music therapist and healer) Indian Music
Therapy (2005) produced by Magnetic Marketing (P) Ltd, Chennai.
9. Played Mridungam for Dr M Harre Harren’s (Music therapist and healer) Nada Yoga
Sangam (2005) produced by Magnetic Marketing (P) Ltd, Chennai.
10. Played Mridungam for Dr M Harre Harren’s (Music therapist and healer) Music Therapy
(2005) produced by Magnetic Marketing (P) Ltd, Chennai.
11. Coordinated the production of “YOGNAT DANCE ITEMS-1” an audio album with a
collection of various items from Yoganjali Natyalayam live performances.
12. Coordinated the production of “YOGNAT DANCE ITEMS-2” an audio album with a
collection of various items from Yoganjali Natyalayam live performances.
13. Coordinated the production of “YOGNAT DANCE ITEMS-3” an audio album with a
collection of various items from Yoganjali Natyalayam live performances.
14. Coordinated the production of “VINTAGE CLASSICAL VOCAL” an audio album with
an archival collection of songs from a concert by Kalaimamani Srirengam R Ranganathan
one South India’s greatest classical vocalist who was Dr Ananda’s musical Guru.
15. Coordinated the production of “DIKSHITAR KRITHIS” an audio album with an archival
collection of Muthuswami Dikshitar compositions sung by Kalaimamani Srirengam R
Ranganathan one South India’s greatest classical vocalist who was Dr Ananda’s musical
Guru.
16. Composed and choreographed an entire Bharata Natyam Margam that has been released as
a live audio CD “ANANDA NARTANA MARGAM” by Dhivyananda Creations in 2007.
17. Coordinated and led CHANTING THE YOGA SUTRA, a two disc Audio CD compilation
produced and distributed by Super Audio, Chennai in 2011. Also available as applications for
iPhone and iPad

V. PUBLISHED PAPERS IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY: (180)
1. Madanmohan, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB, Krishnamurthy N, Pal GK. Modulation of cold
pressor- induced stress by Shavasan in normal adult volunteers. Indian J Physiol
Pharmacol 2002; 46 (3): 307-12.
2. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Udupa K. Effect of direction of head on heart rate and
blood pressure. Yoga Mimamsa 2002; 34: 116-22.
3. Bhavanani AB. A scientific analysis of the nasal cycle and its applications.
Nisargopachar Varta (National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune); 2002; 5: 18-20.
4. Udupa K, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Vijayalakshmi P, Krishnamurthy N. Effect of
Pranayama training on cardiac and autonomic function in normal young adults. Indian
J Physiol Pharmacol 2003; 47(1): 27-33.
5. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Udupa K. Acute effect of Mukh Bhastrika (a bellows
breathing) on reaction time. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2003; 47(3): 297-300.
6. Madanmohan, Jatiya L, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB. Effect of Yoga training on handgrip,
respiratory pressures and pulmonary function. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2003; 47(4):
387-392.
7. Vijayalakshmi P, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Patil A, Kumar Babu PBVP.
Modulation of stress induced by isometric handgrip test in hypertensive patients
following yogic relaxation training. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2004; 48(1): 59-64.
8. Bhavanani AB. Recent studies on Yoga at JIPMER. Yoga Life 2003; 34(6): 3-11.
9. Madanmohan, Vijayalakshmi P, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB, Prakash ES. Review of
Shavasan studies conducted at JIPMER during 2001-02. Yoga Mimamsa 2003; 35 (1 and
2): 26-34.
10. Bhavanani AB. A study of the pattern of nasal dominance with reference to different
phases of the lunar cycle. Yoga Life 2004; 35(6): 19-24.
11. Bhavanani AB. Integral psychology of Yoga. Nisargopachar Varta (National Institute of
Naturopathy, Pune); 2004; 7: 9-11.
12. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for stress management. Nisargopachar Varta (National Institute of
Naturopathy, Pune); 2004; 8: 9-12.
13. Madanmohan, Prakash ES, Bhavanani AB, Kamath MG, Amudhan J. Effect of six weeks
of Shavasan training on spectral measures of short term heart rate variability in young
healthy volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2004; 48(3): 370-73.
14. Madanmohan, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB, Shatapathy CC, Sahai A. Modulation of
cardiovascular response to exercise by Yoga training. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2004;
48(4): 461-65.
15. Madanmohan, Prakash ES, Bhavanani AB. Correlation between short term heart rate
variability indices and heart rate, blood pressure indices, pressor reactivity to isometric
handgrip in healthy young male subjects. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2005; 49(2): 132-
38.
16. Madanmohan, Udupa K, Bhavanani AB, Vijayalakshmi P and Surendiran A. Effect of
slow and fast Pranayamas on reaction time and cardio respiratory variables. Indian J
Physiol Pharmacol 2005; 49(3): 313-18.
17. Bhavanani AB. Introducing integral Yoga psychology in the teacher education
curriculum. Journal of the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology 2006; 32 (No.2)
Special Issue: 204-13.
18. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and modern medicine: possible meeting points. Proceedings of the
symposia on “Role of Yoga in enhancement of human performance and Yoga in
contemporary medicine”. JIPMER. Dec 2005. pg 6-19.
19. Bhavanani AB. Pranayama and its therapeutic potential. Proceedings of the National
Workshop on Pranayama: techniques, physiological basis and therapeutic potential.
JIPMER. Dec 2005.pg 17-25.
20. Bhavanani AB. Guidelines for the practice of Pranayama and classification of
Pranayamas. Proceedings of the National Workshop on Pranayama: techniques,
physiological basis and therapeutic potential. JIPMER. Dec 2005. pg 26-33.
21. Bhavanani AB. Introducing integral Yoga psychology in the teacher education
curriculum. Applying Psychology in Teacher Education. Pondicherry Cooperative Book
Society 2006. pg 111-27.
22. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for health in children. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2007.
MDNIY, New Delhi, March 2007. Pg 74-80.
23. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and modern medicine: possible meeting points. Souvenir of the
National Yoga Week 2007. MDNIY, New Delhi, March 2007. Pg 81-87.
24. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for breathing difficulties. Applications of yoga therapy. A
collection of articles by eminent teachers and Gurus by Federation Francophone de
yoga. Quebec, Canada. 2007. pg 132-48
25. Bhavanani AB. Concepts and methods of teaching yoga. Effective teaching skills.
Pondicherry Cooperative Book Society 2007. pg 126-34
26. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and stress. Yoga Vijnana, a quarterly journal of Morarji Desai
National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi. July-Sept 2007: pg 9-26.
27. Bhavanani AB. Classification of actions according to the Gunas. Yoga Mimamsa 2006;
37 : 176-81
28. Bhavanani AB. Swarodaya Vijnana- A scientific study of the nasal cycle. Yoga
Mimamsa 2007; 39: 32-38.
29. Bhavanani AB. Scientific basis for some Yoga practices in sinusitis. Yoga Mimamsa
2007; 39 : 56-61.
30. Bhavanani AB. Basic practice of some pranayamas. Nisargopachar Varta (National
Institute of Naturopathy, Pune); 2007; 4: 15-18.
31. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for health in children. Nisargopachar Varta (National Institute of
Naturopathy, Pune); 2007; 5: 5-8.
32. Bhavanani AB. Indian approaches to school psychology. Souvenir of the National Yoga
Week. MDNIY, New Delhi, February 2009. Pg 90-93.
33. Therapeutic potential of Yoga. Souvenir of the UGC sponsored National Seminar on
Yoga and Holistic health. Nabira Mahavidyalaya, Katol, RTM Nagpur University, 5th
April 2009. Pg 19-23.
34. Bhavanani AB. Rheumatological and immunological aspects of aging and the
importance of integrated approach of yoga in senior citizens. Yoga Mimamsa 2009; 41 :
23-33.
35. Bhavanani AB. Learning the art of relaxation. Yoga Mimamsa 2009; 41 : 303-14.
36. Bhavanani AB and Bhavanani D. Bharatanatyam and Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa 2009; 41 :
388-408.
37. Bhavanani AB. Therapeutic potential of Yoga (revised). Proceedings of the National
Workshop on Introducing Yoga in Medical Curriculum. ACTYER, JIPMER,
Pondicherry. March, 2009. Pg 51-55.
38. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and modern medicine: possible meeting points. Proceedings of the
National Workshop on Introducing Yoga in Medical Curriculum. ACTYER, JIPMER,
Pondicherry. March, 2009. Pg 25-36.
39. Bhavanani AB. Classification of actions according to the gunas. Nisargopachar Varta
2009; May: 21-24.
40. Bhavanani AB. Principles of Yoga Chikitsa (Yoga Therapy). Asana Journal. August
2009: 20-23
41. Bhavanani AB. Integral Psychology of Yoga Therapy. Integral Yoga Magazine, USA.
Summer 2009: 14-17.
42. Bhavanani AB. Are We Practicing Yoga Therapy Or Yogopathy? Integral Yoga
Magazine; Fall 2009: 10-11.
43. Bhavanani AB. Application of Yogic concepts in promotion of positive health. Souvenir
of the National Yoga Week 2010. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2010. Pg 140-143
44. Bhavanani AB. Combating technostress through Yoga. Souvenir of the National Yoga
Week 2010. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2010. Pg 201-214
45. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for health. Nisargopachar Varta 2010; March: 28-35.
46. Bhavanani AB and Ramanathan M. Vairagya: Bedrock of Yoga Sadhana. Yoga
Mimamsa 2010;42: 48-57.
47. Bhavanani AB. An overview of the Yoga Sutras. Integral Yoga Magazine USA. Spring
2010: 8-10.
48. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and cervical spondylosis. Proceedings of the National Seminar
cum Workshop on Role of Yoga in Geriatric Care with special reference to
Osteoarthritis. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar. March 2010. pg 34.
49. Ramanathan M and Bhavanani AB. Yoga for the silver citizens. Proceedings of the
National Seminar cum Workshop on Role of Yoga in Geriatric Care with special
reference to Osteoarthritis. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar. March
2010. pg 38.
50. Bhavanani AB. Yoga: A boon for maternal and child health. Yoga Mimamsa 2010; 42:
146-52.
51. Bhavanani AB and Bhavanani MD. Hatha Yoga: The Sadhana of Kali Yuga. Integral
Yoga Magazine USA. Summer 2010: 8-11.
52. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and hypertension. Proceedings of the National Workshop cum
Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention & Management of Hypertension. ACYTER,
JIPMER, Pondicherry. Mar 2010. pg 43-50.
53. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for hypertension. Proceedings of National Workshop
cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention & Management of Hypertension. ACTYER,
JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 2010. pg 89-103.
54. Bhavanani AB. Pranayama: its therapeutic and spiritual potential. Integral Yoga
Magazine; Fall 2010: 12-15.
55. Bhavanani AB. Normalization of the blood pressure with Yoga. Proceedings of the
International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Yoga in Science - Future and
Perspectives” organised by the Yoga Federation of Serbia, Belgrade Sept 23-24, 2010. pg
184-88
56. Bhavanani AB.Yogic perspectives on depression and mental health.Proceedings of the
Seminar on Yoga and Depression organised by Advanced Centre for Yoga, NIMHANS,
Bangalore. Sept 2010. pg 25-34.
57. Bhavanani AB. Application of yoga concept in the health improvement. Proceedings of
the International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference “Yoga in Science - Future and
Perspectives” organised by Yoga Federation of Serbia, Belgrade Sept 23-24, 2010. pg
189-93
58. Bhavanani AB. Ante natal and post natal Yoga practices. Souvenir of the 8th National
Conference of the Society of Midwives-India. JIPMER, Pondicherry. November 2010. pg
37-49
59. Bhavanani AB. Health and Well Being: A Yogic Perspective. Souvenir of the National
Yoga Week 2011. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2011. Pg 70-79.
60. Bhavanani AB, Udupa K, Madanmohan, Ravindra PN. A comparative study of slow
and fast suryanamaskar on physiological functions. Int J Yoga 2011; 4: 72-77.
61. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for prevention and management of diabetes. Proceedings
of the National Workshop-cum-Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and
Management of Diabetes Mellitus. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 2011. p 77-
94.
62. Bhavanani AB. Nada Yoga Techniques for Prevention and Management of Breathing
Disorders. Yoga Life 2011. 42; (March): 3-6.
63. Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan. Effect of yoga on subclinical hypothyroidism: a
case report. Yoga Mimamsa 2011; 43: 102-107.
64. Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of sukha pranayama on
cardiovascular variables in patients of hypertension. International J Yoga Therapy 2011;
21: 4-7.
65. Bhavanani AB. A basic yoga therapy programme for patients of multiple sclerosis.
Souvenir of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Kaivalyadhama’s SrimatiAmolak Devi
Tirathram Gupta Yogic Hospital and Health Care Centre, 2011. p 14-20.
66. Bhavanani AB. Are we practicing yoga therapy or yogopathy? Yoga Therapy
Today 2011; 7 (2): 26-28
67. Bhavanani AB. Culturing one’s self though Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa 2011; 43 (1): 84-94.
68. Bhavanani AB. Don’t put yoga in a small box: the challenges of scientifically studying
yoga. International J of Yoga Therapy 2011; 21 ; 21.
69. Bhavanani AB. Hatha Yoga-The Science of Balance. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (7): 3-13
70. Bhavanani AB. Eka Dasi Prakriya of the Gitananda Tradition. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (11): 3-
7.
71. Bhavanani AB. Meditation: The Inner Yoga. Integral Yoga Magazine, USA. Spring 2011.
pg 22-25
72. Bhavanani AB. Perspective says it all or we see what we are. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (12): 5
73. Bhavanani AB. The Yoga of Responsibility. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (9): 3-10
74. Bhavanani AB. The Yoga Sutras of Maharishi Patanjali. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (8): 3-11
75. Bhavanani AB. Understanding the Science of Yoga. SENSE 2011; 1 (1): 334-344
76. Bhavanani AB. Yoga as a therapy: A perspective. Souvenir of the Yoga Update 2011
organised by ICYHC Kaivalyadhama, Mumbai. January 29-30, 2011. pg 91-100
77. Bhavanani AB. Yoga polarity: questions and answers. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (12): 3-4.
78. Bhavanani AB. Yogic perspective on depression and mental health. Yoga Mimamsa
2011; 43: 254-264.
79. Bhavanani AB. Understanding the Science of Yoga. Yoga Life 2011; 42: (5) 3-18.
80. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, G Dayanidy, L Vithiyalakshmi, E
Jayasettiaseelon. Results of a survey of participant feedback at ACYTER, JIPMER
Pondicherry. Yoga Life 2011; 42 (Nov): 11-13.
81. Bhavanani AB and Sanjay Z. The role of yoga in managing bronchitis. Clinical
Roundup: Selected Treatment Options for Bronchitis. Alternative and Complementary
Therapies. December 2011: 349-353.
82. Bhavanani AB. Yoga as a therapy: A perspective. Yoga Mimamsa 2011; 42 : 235-41.
83. Bhavanani AB. The yoga of interpersonal relationships. Souvenir of the National Yoga
Week 2012. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2012. p 51-59.
84. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Sanjay Z, Basavaraddi IV. Immediate cardiovascular
effects of pranava pranayama in hypertensive patients. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol
2012; 56 (3): 273–78.
85. Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan, Jayasettiaseelon E, Dayanidy G,
Vithiyalakshmi L. A Review of Selected Yoga Research Findings from ACYTER,
JIPMER in 2008-12. SENSE, 2012, Vol. 2 (2), 203-13.
86. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Sanjay Z, Vithiyalakshmi L. Immediate cardiovascular
effects of pranava relaxation in patients of hypertension and diabetes. Biomedical
Human Kinetics 2012; 4:66-69.
87. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Sanjay Z. Suryanadi pranayama (right unilateral nostril
breathing) may be safe for hypertensives. Journal of Yoga and Physical Therapy 2012; 2:
118.
88. Bhavanani AB, Meena Ramanathan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of savitri
pranayama in sitting and supine positions in female volunteers. Yoga Mimamsa 2012;
44 (2): 101-12.
89. Bhavanani AB. Vairagya: The foundation of Yoga Sadhana. Integral Yoga Magazine
2012; Spring: 23-25.
90. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Harichandrakumar K T. Immediate effect of
mukhabhastrika (a bellows type pranayama) on reaction time in mentally challenged
adolescents. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2012; 56 : 174–180
91. Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of chandranadi pranayama
(left unilateral forced nostril breathing) on cardiovascular parameters in hypertensive
patients. Int J Yoga 2012; 5: 108-11
92. Bhavanani AB. A brief geographical history of yoga in modern India. International J
Yoga and Allied Sciences 2012; 1 (2): 156-68.
93. Bhavanani AB. HRV as a research tool in yoga. Souvenir of the CME–cum- Workshop
on “Heart rate variability: a diagnostic and research tool.” Dept of Physiology,
MGMCRI, Puducherry. 12.06.2012. pp 16-24.
94. Bhavanani AB. Importance of body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) in
yoga therapy in preempting possible complications of obesity. Yoga Mimamsa 2012; 43:
4: 316-325
95. Bhavanani AB. Understanding the Science of Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa 2012; 44 (3): 228-45.
96. Bhavanani AB. Obstacles on the path of Yoga. Yoga Life 2012; 43: (9) 3-9
97. Bhavanani AB. Positive health through Yoga. Nisargopachar Varta 2012; 4 (9): 31-34.
98. Bhavanani AB. Yoga in Healthcare. Proceedings of Patient First - Joint International
Conference on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety. Organized by Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth & Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow. Puducherry. Nov 2012.
pp 96-105.
99. Bhavanani AB. Yoga: The original mind-body medicine. Integral Yoga Magazine. Fall
2012. pg 16-17.
100. Bhavanani AB. HRV as a research tool in yoga. Yoga Mimamsa 2012; 44 (3): 188-99.
101. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Dayanidy G, Sanjay Z, Basavaraddi IV. Effect of yoga
therapy on reaction time, biochemical parameters and wellness score of peri and post
menopausal diabetic patients. International J Yoga 2012; 5: 10-15.
102. Bhavanani AB. Concepts of Health in Dravidian Yogic Treatises. Open Access
Scientific Reports (Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy) 2012; 1: 123.
103. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for a healthy back. International Light (Official Journal of IYTA,
Australia) 2012; July-September: 6-11.
104. Bhavanani AB. Yoga is not an intervention, but maybe Yogopathy is. Int J Yoga 2012; 5:
157-58.
105. Bhavanani AB. Psychosomatic mechanisms of Yoga. Nisargopachar Varta 2013; 5 (4):
31-35.
106. Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Jayasettiaseelon E, Dayanidy G, Vithiyalakshmi L,
Madanmohan. Physiological and psychological effects of a yoga training programme in
paramedical students. Yoga Mimamsa 2013; 44 (4): 246-64.
107. Gaur GS, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Subramanian SK. Effect of yoga on cardio-
respiratory functions. Biomedicine 2013; 32 (2): 182-86.
108. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB. Studies on the Beneficial Effects of Yoga Training on
Adolescents of Pondicherry. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2013. MDNIY, New
Delhi, Feb 2013. Pg 48-53.
109. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Pal GK, Udupa K, Krishnamurthy N. A comparative
study of the effects of asan, pranayama and asan-pranayama training on neurological
and neuromuscular functions of Pondicherry police trainees. Int J Yoga 2013; 6: 96-103.
110. Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Sanjay Z, Vithiyalakshmi L, Dayanidy G. Effects of a
comprehensive eight week yoga therapy programme on cardiovascular health in
patients of essential hypertension. Indian J Traditional Knowledge 2013;12 (3): 535-41.
111. Bhavanani AB. Yoga: The ideal way of life. Yoga Mimamsa 2013; 44 (4): 314-25.
112. Bhavanani AB. Role of Yoga in geriatric psychiatric disorders. International J Yoga &
Allied Sciences 2013; 2 (1): 59-68.
113. Bhavanani AB. Yoga in health care. Annals of SBV 2012; 1 (2): 15-24.
114. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R and Pushpa D. Immediate effect of
suryanamaskar on reaction time and heart rate in female volunteers. Indian J Physiol
Pharmacol 2013; 57 (2): 199–204.
115. Bhavanani AB. Modern Medicine, Meet Yoga. Integral Yoga Magazine USA. Fall 2013.
pg 21-23.
116. Dinesh T, Sharma V K, Raja Jeyakumar M, Syam Sunder A, Gopinath M, Bhavanani
AB. Effect of 8 weeks of pranav pranayama training on pulmonary function test
parameters in young healthy, volunteers of JIPMER population. Int Res J Pharm App
Sci 2013; 3 (4):116-18.
117. Dinesh T, Gaur G S, Sharma V K, Velkumary S, Bhavanani AB. Effect of 12 weeks of
kapalabhati pranayama training on cardio-respiratory parameters in young, healthy
volunteers of JIPMER population. International Journal of Medical & Pharmaceutical
Sciences Research and Review 2013; 1 (4): 53-61.
118. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Immediate cardiovascular effects of a
single yoga session in different conditions. AlternInteg Med 2013; 2: 144.
119. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan, Srinivasan AR. Hematological,
biochemical and psychological effects of a yoga training programme in nursing
students. Int Res J Pharm App Sci 2013; 3(6):17-23
120. Bhavanani AB. Psychosomatic mechanisms of yoga. Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 27-31.
121. Bhavanani AB. Yoga practices for prevention and management of lifestyle disorders.
Annals of SBV 2013; 2 (2): 32-40.
122. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R, Pushpa D. Differential effects of uninostril
and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. Int J
Yoga 2014; 7: 60-65.
123. Sharma VK, Raja Jeyakumar M, Velkumary S, Subramanian SK, Bhavanani AB,
Madanmohan, Sahai A, Dinesh T. Effect of Fast and Slow Pranayama Practice on
Cognitive Functions in Healthy Volunteers. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
2014; 8 (1) : 10-13.
124. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of alternate nostril
breathing on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time. Online International
Interdisciplinary Research Journal 2014; 4; (Sp Issue): 297-302.
125. Bhavanani AB. Yogic perspectives on mental health. International Light 2014. Jan-
March: 14-17.
126. Bhavanani AB. Yoga. Clinical Roundup: Selected Treatment Options for Depression.
Alternative and Complementary Therapies 2014; 20: 54-55.
127. Bhavanani AB, Madanmohan, Ramanathan M, Srinivasan AR. Yoga improves
psychophysical health of nursing students. Souvenir of the National Yoga Week 2014.
MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 65-70.
128. Bhavanani AB. Introducing integral yoga education for the youth. Souvenir of the
National Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 84.
129. Ramanathan M and Bhavanani AB. Immediate effect of chandra and suryanadi
pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters and reaction time in a geriatric population.
International Journal of Physiology 2014; 2 (1): 59-63.
130. Rajajeyakumar M, Amudharaj D, Bandiharikrishna, Madanmohan T, Jeyasettiseloune,
Bhavanani AB. Immediate effect of different pranayam on short term heart rate
variability in health care students. A preliminary study. International Journal of
Physiology 2014; 2 (1): 39-43.
131. Bhavanani AB. Yoga: A novel integrative therapy. NisarVarta 2014; 6 (5): 13-15.
132. Bhavanani AB, Jayasettiaseelon E, Sanjay Z, Madanmohan. Immediate effect of
chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability and cardiovascular parameters in
patients of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Yoga Mimamsa 2013; 45 (1&2): 1-13.
133. Dinesh T, Gaur GS, Sharma VK, Bhavanani AB, Rajajeyakumar M, Sunder AS.Effect of
slow and fast pranayama training on handgrip strength and endurance in healthy
volunteers. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research2014; 8 (5): BC01-03.
134. Bhavanani AB. Diverse dimensions of Yoga for the youth. Proceedings of National
Seminar on "Dimensions of Yoga and its dynamics" organized by Krishnamacharya
Yoga Mandiram and MoP Vaishnav College, Chennai. 4.7.2014. pg 39-52.
135. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Madanmohan. Yoga and mind body therapies in
health and disease: a brief review. Annals of SBV 2014; 3 (1): 29-41.
136. Bhavanani AB. Yogic perspectives on mental health. Annals of SBV 2014; 3 (1):47-52.
137. Bhavanani AB. The yoga of interpersonal relationships. Annals of SBV 2014; 3(1): 53-
60.
138. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Balaji R, Pushpa D. Comparative immediate effect of
different yoga asanas on heart rate and blood pressure in healthy young volunteers.
International Journal of Yoga 2014; 7: 89-95.
139. Bhavanani AB. Diverse dimensions of Yoga. Yoga Mimamsa. 2014; 46:3-8.
140. Majewski L and Bhavanani AB. A novel rejuvenation program for cancer patients at
Kaivalyadhama, India. Yoga Mimamsa 2014; 46:20-24.
141. Bhavanani AB and Ramanathan M. Meditation the Inner Yoga. Souvenir of the CME
on “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of
Physiology & CYTER, Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 30-3532.
142. Dinesh T, Gaur G S, Sharma V K, Madanmohan T, Harichandra Kumar K, Bhavanani
AB. Comparative effect of 12 weeks of slow and fast pranayama training on pulmonary
function in young, healthy volunteers: A randomized controlled trial. Int J Yoga 2015;
8: 22-26.
143. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in health and disease. Journal of Symptoms and Signs
2014; 3(5): 399-406.
144. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in non-communicable diseases: A brief review. Souvenir
of the National Yoga Week 2015. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2015. Pg 53-60.
145. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M. Single session of integrated ‘silver yoga’
program improves cardiovascular parameters in senior citizens. J Intercult
Ethnopharmacol 2015; 4(2): 134-37.
146. Bhavanani AB. Potential of yoga as a therapy. Souvenir of International Day of Yoga
celebrations. SBVU, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. pg 80-83.
147. Bhavanani AB and Ramanathan M. Yoga practices for prevention and management of
psychosomatic stress disorders. Souvenir of International Day of Yoga celebrations.
SBVU, Puducherry. 21-26, June 2015. pg 92-106.
148. Punita P, Trakroo M, Palamalai SR, Subramanian S, Bhavanani AB, Madhavan C.
Randomized controlled trial of 12-week yoga therapy as lifestyle intervention in
patients of essential hypertension and cardiac autonomic function tests. Natl J Physiol
Pharm Pharmacol 2016; 6: 19-26.
149. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M, Thirusangu S. Effects of a single session of
yogic relaxation on cardiovascular parameters in a transgender population.
International Journal of Physiology 2016; 4 (1) : 27-31.
150. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Health status of elderly women residing in a hospice
in Pondicherry. International Journal of Physiology 2016 ; 4 (1): 76-80.
151. Bhavanani AB, Raj JB, Ramanathan M, Trakroo M. Effect of different pranayamas on
respiratory sinus arrhythmia. Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research 2016; 10:
CC04-CC06.
152. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M. Nasal cycle and its therapeutic applications: a yogic
perspective. Proceedings of the National Conference on Chronobiology and Health.
MGMCRI, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. 18-19 March 2016. pp 26-28.
153. Bhavanani AB. A brief qualitative survey on the utilization of yoga research resources
by yoga teachers. J Intercult Ethnopharmacol. 2016; 5(2): 168-173
154. Sovik R, Bhavanani AB. History, Philosophy, and Practice of Yoga. In: Sat Bir Khalsa,
Lorenzo Cohen, Timothy McCall, and Shirley Telles editors. The Principles and Practice
of Yoga in Health Care. East Lothian, UK: Handspring Pub Ltd ; 2016. p 17-29.
155. Bhavanani AB. Yoga and Cardiovascular Health: Exploring Possible Benefits and
Postulated Mechanisms. SM J Cardiovasc Dis. 2016; 1(1):1003.
156. Bhavanani AB. Integrating yoga and modern medical science. Souvenir of the
National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education.
SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 48-55.
157. Bhavanani AB. Yoga as a therapy in modern medical settings. Souvenir of the
National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education.
SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 70-73.
158. Bhavanani AB. Simple yoga practices for health professionals. Souvenir of the
National Seminar and CME on Introducing Yoga in Health Professions Education.
SBVU, Puducherry. 19-21 June 2016. Pg 74-86.
159. Madanmohan T and Bhavanani AB. Physiological Benefits Of Yogic Practices: A Brief
Review. International Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine 2016; 1(1):
0031-0043.
160. Bhavanani AB. Understanding Yoga as a Therapy. Journal of Yoga and Physiotherapy
2016; 1 (1): 555551.
161. Bhavanani AB. Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga. Jacobs Journal of Yoga
and Natural Medicine 2016; 1(1): 004.
162. Bhavanani AB, Majewski L, Tiwari S. Effects of an Intensive 3-Week Yoga Retreat on
Sense of Well Being in Cancer Survivors. J Alt Med Res 2016; 2(2): 116.
163. Majewski L, Bhavanani AB. Enhancing Quality of Life in Cancer Survivors through
Yoga. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 7-13.
164. Bierski K, Bhavanani AB, Eswaran S, Madanmohan. Finding Peace on a Psychiatric
Ward with Yoga: Report on a Pilot Anthropological
Study in Pondicherry, India. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 14-19.
165. Bhavanani AB. Yoga Therapy: An Overview. Annals of SBV 2016; 5 (2): 28-30.
166. Bhavanani AB. Integrating Yoga in Health Professional Education: The SBV
Experience. Annals of SBV 2017; 6 (1): 28-32.
167. Vasanthan S, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Hanifah M, Jaiganesh K. Comparative
study on the effect of yogic relaxing asanas and pranayamas on cardiovascular response
in healthy young volunteers. Natl J Physiol Pharm Pharmacol 2017;7(1):127-130.
168. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB, Trakroo M. Effect of a 12-week yoga therapy program
on mental health status in elderly women inmates of a hospice. Int J Yoga 2017; 10: 24-
28.
169. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Understanding how yoga works: a short review of
findings from CYTER, Pondicherry, India. EJPMR 2017; 4(1): 256-262.
170. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Mental health and wellbeing in silver citizens through
yoga. EJBPS 2017; 4 (3): 288-292.
171. Vasanthan S, Madanmohan, Bhavanani AB, Hanifah M , Jaiganesh K.Effect of yogic
relaxing asans and pranayams on heart rate variability and perceived stress in healthy
Young volunteers - a comparative study. Int J Pharm Bio Sci 2017; 8 (2): 71-76.
172. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Research studies on the role of yoga in chronic
diseases. Souvenir of International Day of Yoga celebrations 2k17 at SBVU,
Puducherry. 19-23, June 2017. pg 47-51.
173. Ramanathan M, Bhavanani AB. Resilience as an antidote to chronic diseases: Possible
role of Yoga. Souvenir of International Day of Yoga celebrations 2k17 at SBVU,
Puducherry. 19-23, June 2017. pg 52-56.
174. Bhavanani AB, Ramanathan M. Yoga therapy for chronic diseases: psychosomatic
aspects. Souvenir of International Day of Yoga celebrations 2k17 at SBVU, Puducherry.
19-23, June 2017. pg 57-63.
175. Bhavanani AB. Integrating Yoga in Health Professional Education: The SBV
Experience. Journal of Education Technology in Health Sciences, May-August,
2017;4(2): 42-46.
176. Bhavanani AB and Ramanathan M. Psychophysiology of Yoga Postures: Ancient and
Modern Perspectives of Asanas. In: Shirley Telles and Nilkamal Singh editors.
Research-Based Perspectives on the Psychophysiology of Yoga. IGI Global,
Editors:,2017. p.1-16
177. Bhavanani AB. Efficacy of Yoga in Respiratory Disorders: Some Research Finding.
Tamilnadu and Puducherry State Conference on Pulmonary Diseases TAPPCON 2017
at SBVU, Pondicherry. Pg 55-57.
178. Bhavanani AB. Yoga for Dental Professional : Scope and Simplified Practices. Journal
of Scientific Dentistry, 2017;7(1):1-11.
179. Bhavanani AB. Role of yoga in prevention and management of lifestyle disorders.
Yoga Mimamsa 2017; 49: 42-7.
180. Pal D, K, Bhalla A, Bammidi S, Telles S, Kohli A, Kumar S, Devi P, Kaur N, Sharma K,
Kumar R, Malik N, Thakur V, Bhargava G, G, Goyal A, K, Devi G, Chauhan S, Singh G,
Ahmad S, Joshi M, Narwal S, Sharma K, Tyagi R, Modgil S, Bali P, Bhatt V, Sharma J,
Singh A, Negi J, Rajesh S, K, Sharma G, Sharma P, Vats R, Nagarathna R, Bhavanani A,
B, Burugupalli K, M, Vetrivendan R, Nagendra H, R, Anand A. Can Yoga-Based
Diabetes Management Studies Facilitate Integrative Medicine in India Current Status
and Future Directions. Integr Med Int 2017;4:125-141

VI. SCIENTIFIC ABSTRACTS IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY: (70)
1. Effect of yogic breathing exercises on systolic time intervals in normal young adults.
Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and
Pharmacologists of India (APPI). Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 45 (5) 2001. Pg. 117.
2. Effect of direction of head on heart rate and blood pressure during Shavasan.
Proceedings of the 47th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and
Pharmacologists of India (APPI). Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 45 (5) 2001.pg 60.
3. Modulation of cold pressor- induced stress by Shavasan in normal adult volunteers.
Yogic Prakritik Jeevan Sandesh. 2002; 2 (2, 3, 4): pg. 3.
4. Effect of Pranayama training on cardiac function in normal young adults. Yogic
Prakritik Jeevan Sandesh. 2002 ; 2 (2,3,4): pg 4.
5. Effect of Mukh Bhastrika (a Yogic bellows type breathing) on reaction time. Souvenir
and abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Biomedical
Scientists, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 38.
6. Effect of Yoga training on pulmonary functions and handgrip endurance. Souvenir and
abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists,
JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 37
7. Effect of Suryanamaskar training on pulmonary functions and handgrip endurance.
Souvenir and abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Biomedical
Scientists, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 44
8. A comparative study of the effect of slow and fast Suryanamaskar training on blood
pressure and handgrip endurance. Souvenir and abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of
the Indian Association of Biomedical Scientists, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 39
9. Effect of Shavasan on heart rate variability in normal student volunteers. Souvenir and
abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of the IABMS, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 39
10. Modulation of stress induced by isometric handgrip test in hypertensive patients
following yogic relaxation training. Souvenir and abstracts 23rd Annual Conference of
the IABMS, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 6.10. 2002. Pg 37.
11. Modulation of cardiovascular response to exercise stress by Yoga training. Proceedings
of the 48th Annual Conference of Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of
India (APPI). Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 46 (5) 2002. Pg 67.
12. Review of Shavasana studies. Abstracts of 4th International Conference on Yoga
Research and Value Education, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla 2002.
13. Review of Yoga studies at JIPMER. Souvenir of the Annual Conference of Association
of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI), Pondicherry Branch, April 2003.
14. Integral Psychology of Yoga. Souvenir of the International Seminar on Integral Yoga
Psychology conducted by the Pondicherry Psychology Association in collaboration
with the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry, June 2004.
15. Yoga for educators. Souvenir of 2nd International Seminar on Integral Yoga Psychology
and 6th National Conference on Integral Education conducted by Pondicherry
Psychology Association in collaboration with All India Association for Educational
Research, Pondicherry, January 2005.
16. Therapeutic Aspects of Yogic Pranayama. Souvenir of International CME on Yoga
Therapy in Current Millennium & Annual Meet of Indian Academy of Yoga organised
by Indian Academy of Yoga, Yoga Sadhana Kendra & Institute of Medical Sciences,
BHU, India - March 2005.
17. Yoga and Modern Medicine: Possible meeting points. Souvenir of International CME on
Yoga Therapy in Current Millennium & Annual Meet of Indian Academy of Yoga
organised by Indian Academy of Yoga, Yoga Sadhana Kendra & Institute of Medical
Sciences, BHU, India - March 2005.
18. De-stress for a happy and healthy life. Workshop manual of the National Workshop on
Stress and its Management by Yoga Relaxation Techniques. Organised by Department
of Physiology, JIPMER, Pondicherry, 16 to 18 March 2005. Pg 24-25.
19. Therapeutic potential of Pranayama. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of
Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI). IJPP 2005; 49 (5) : 22.
20. Physiological benefits of Yoga training. Proceedings of the 51st Annual Conference of
Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPI). IJPP 2005; 49 (5): 29.
21. The art of relaxation in Gitananda Yoga. Souvenir of the 2nd International conference
on Psychotherapy, Yoga and Spirituality. Haridwar. November 27-29, 2005. pg 53.
22. Introducing integral Yoga education in the teacher training curriculum. Souvenir of the
7th National Conference on Integral Education conducted by the Pondicherry
Psychology Association, Pondicherry, January 2006.
23. Yoga for health in children. Abstracts of National Yoga Week 2007. MDNIY, New Delhi.
pg 14.
24. The art of relaxation in Gitananda Yoga. Souvenir of the 3rd International conference on
Psychotherapy and Yoga. Sagar (MP). November 23-25, 2007. pg 29-30.
25. Yoga for weight reduction. Abstracts of National Yoga Week 2008. MDNIY, New Delhi.
pg 24-25.
26. Rheumatological and immunological aspects of aging and the importance of integrated
approach of Yoga in senior citizens. Yogic Prakritik Jeevan Sandesh. Jan-March 2009; 7
(4): pg. 19-21.
27. Culturing one’s self though Yoga. Abstracts of 12th National Conference on Developing
School Psychology in India conducted by Pondicherry Psychology Association, Jan
2010. pg 51-52.
28. Yoga and stress: A perspective. Souvenir of workshop on Yoga for Stress Management
& Personality Development. Anandita Trust, New Delhi at Pondicherry. 2010. Pg 1-2.
29. Culturing oneself. Souvenir of Workshop on Yoga for Stress Management and
Personality Development, organized by Anandita Trust, New Delhi at Pondicherry.
2010. Pg 16-17.
30. Yoga and cervical spondylosis. Abstracts of the National Seminar cum Workshop on
Role of Yoga in Geriatric Care. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.2010. pg
14.
31. Immediate effect of sukha pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure of patients with
hypertension. Proceedings of National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in
Prevention and Management of Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March
2010. pg 109.
32. Immediate cardiovascular effects of kaya kriya in normal healthy volunteers.
Proceedings of the National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and
Management of Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 2010. pg 109.
33. Immediate effect of shavasana and savitri pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure
of hypertensive patients. Proceedings of National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of
Yoga in Prevention & Management of Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry.
Mar 2010: p110.
34. Immediate effect of chandra nadi pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure of
hypertensive patients Proceedings of the National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of
Yoga in Prevention and Management of Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry.
March 2010. pg 111.
35. Immediate effect of pranava pranayama in patients of hypertension Proceedings of the
National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and Management of
Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 2010. pg 111.
36. Immediate effects of yoga nidra on heart rate and blood pressure Proceedings of the
National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and Management of
Hypertension. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 2010. pg 112.
37. Teaching Concepts and Techniques of Yoga to Children. Abstracts of the National
Seminar cum Workshop on Role of Yoga in Respiratory Tract Disorders with Special
Reference to Bronchial Asthma. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.2011.
pg 14.
38. Yoga for Breathing Disorders. Abstracts of the National Seminar cum Workshop on
Role of Yoga in Respiratory Tract Disorders with Special Reference to Bronchial
Asthma. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.2011. pg 19-20.
39. A Study of Swara (Nasal Dominance) Pattern With Reference to Different Phases of the
Lunar Cycle. First international conference on yoga for health and social
transformation. Organized by the University of Patanjali & Patanjali Research
Foundation, Haridwar, India. Jan 2011. Pg. 148.
40. Immediate effect of suryanadi and chandranadi on short term heart rate variability in
healthy volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2011; 55 (5 supplement) : 43-44.
41. Yoga and the educational process. Souvenir of the 19th International conference on
frontiers in yoga research and its applications. Organized by sVYASA, Bengaluru,
India. Dec 2011. Pg. 122.
42. Effect of yoga therapy on reaction time, biochemical parameters and wellness score of
peri and post-menopausal diabetic patients. Proceedings of National Workshop-cum-
Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and Management of DM. ACYTER, JIPMER.
Mar 2011. p 97-98.
43. Immediate effect of shavasana on short term heart rate variability in heart failure
patients. Abstracts of the International Conference on Cardiovascular Research
Convergence. February 2012. AIIMS, New Delhi. Pg 141.
44. HRV as a research tool in yoga. CME–cum- Workshop on “Heart rate variability: a
diagnostic and research tool.” Department of Physiology, MGMCRI, Puducherry.
12.06.2012. pp 30.
45. Impact of yoga-based lifestyle intervention for distal symmetric polyneuropathy
associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus. X Diabetic Foot Study Group Meeting, Berlin-
Potsdam, Germany, 28-30, September 2012. P 47
46. Psychosomatic mechanisms of yoga. Souvenir and proceedings of the National
Conference on Mind Body medicine. Department of Physiology, JNMC, DMIMSDU,
Wardha, Maharasthra. 21.12.2012. pp 13.
47. Differential effects of uninostril and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular
parameters and reaction time. Abstracts of the 7th International Conference on Yoga at
Kaivalyadhama, Maharasthra. 27 -30 December, 2012. pp 18-19.
48. Immediate effect of chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability and cardiovascular
parameters in patients of diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Abstracts of 2nd
international conference on yoga for health and social transformation. Organized by the
University of Patanjali and Patanjali Research Foundation, Haridwar, India. January,
2013. Pg. 120.
49. Health, rejuvenation and longevity: an ayurvedic perspective. Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita
2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’
organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration
with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry.
Pg. 48.
50. Yoga and modern medicine: need for integration. Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the
First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the
Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 48-49.
51. Effect of yoga training on cardiorespiratory health in obese subjects. Abstracts of
‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative
Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in
collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI,
Pondicherry. Pg. 49.
52. Yoga works, but how? Abstracts of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on
‘Current Concepts in Integrative Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary
Research Facility (CIDRF) in collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry.
September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI, Pondicherry. Pg. 49-50.
53. Immediate cardiovascular effects of pranayamas in patients of hypertension. Abstracts
of ‘Sanjeevita 2013′, the First Annual Summit on ‘Current Concepts in Integrative
Medicine’ organized by the Central Inter-Disciplinary Research Facility (CIDRF) in
collaboration with Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Puducherry. September 6th 2013, MGMC&RI,
Pondicherry. Pg. 50.
54. Effect of 12 weeks of pranayama training on tested basal physiological parameters in
young, healthy volunteers. Indian J Physiol Pharmacol 2013; 57 (5 supplement) : 122-23.
55. Yoga improves psychophysical health of nursing students. Abstracts of the National
Yoga Week 2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 21.
56. Introducing integral yoga education for the youth. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week
2014. MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2014. Pg 22.
57. Therapeutic potential of meditation. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and
meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI,
Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 25
58. Meditation the inner Yoga. Souvenir of the CME on “Sleep, consciousness and
meditation: neurological correlates.” Department of Physiology and CYTER, MGMCRI,
Puducherry. 27.11.2014. pg 30-35
59. Role of yoga in non-communicable diseases. Abstracts of the National Yoga Week 2015.
MDNIY, New Delhi, Feb 2015. Pg 6-7.
60. Experiencing deeper relaxation through Gitananda Yoga. Abstracts of 8th International
Conference on Yoga and Education, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla -27-30 December 2015. Pg
19.
61. Adaptive resilience exercises as envisioned in yoga. Proceedings of National
Conference on Chronobiology & Health. MGMCRI, SBV, Pondicherry. 18-19 March
2016. pp 37-38.
62. Bhavanani AB. Power of Pranayama. Abstracts of International Conference on Yoga for
Body & Beyond. Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. New Delhi. 22-23 June 2016. pg 20.
63. Restoring human values in medicine: Role of Yoga. National Conference on Changing
Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016). SBV, Pondicherry. 18-21
Aug 2016. pp.85-86.
64. Psychophysiological benefits of yoga training in physiotherapy students. National
Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016).
SBV, Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016. pp.87-88.
65. Yoga for nursing students: rationale and psychophysical benefits. National Conference
on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE 2016). SBV,
Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016. pp.95-96
66. A comparative study of the effect of yogic relaxing asanas and pranayamas on HRV
and perceived stress in healthy young volunteers. 10th Annual Conference of
Association of Physiologists of Tamil Nadu (ENVOCCON). Sri Balaji Medical College
and Hospital, Bharat University, Chennai. 9-11 September 2016. Pp. 202.
67. Mental Health and Wellbeing through Yoga. Book of abstracts. 6 th InSPA International
Conference and 3rdInternational Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology
of Pondicherry University. Pondicherry, 13-15 October 2016.
68. Enhancing Management of Type 2 Diabetes through Yoga. Souvenir of the CME on
‘Translational Medicine in the Diagnosis and Management of Diabetes Mellitus’,
organized by Dept of Biochemistry, MGMCRI, Pondicherry on 10 November 2016.
69. Vasanthan S, Raghul S, Bhavanani AB, Jaiganesh K. Effect of overnight sleep
deprivation on autonomic function test and perceived stress in young healthy medical
professionals. Abstracts of SYMMEDCON 2017, International conference on Stress,
Yoga, Mind-Body Medicine. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute,
Porur, Chennai. 2- 4 January 2017. Pg 54.
70. Bhavanani AB. Role of Yoga in prevention and management of lifestyle disorders.
Proceeding & abstracts of the Golden Jubilee International Conference of Indian
Pharmacological Society, Southern Region – 2017 at MGMCRI, Puducherry on 4 & 5
July 2017. Pg 63-65.

VII. PUBLISHED NUMEROUS ARTICLES IN:
 YOGA LIFE. International Journal of Yoga Jivana Satsangha (International), Ananda
Ashram, Pondicherry.
 INTEGRAL YOGA MAGAZINE, Yogville, USA
 YOGA SADHANA Journal. Yoga Journal of the Lotus Yoga Retreat, New Zealand.
 YOGA VIJNANA, Journal of MDNIY, New Delhi, India
 YOGA NEWS. e-newsletter of the International Yogalayam
 NISARGOPACHAR VARTA. Journal of National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune,
India.
 KAIVALYADHAMA NEWSLETTER from Lonavla, India
 YOGA STUDIES. Tri-annual e-newsletter of the Yoga Research and Education Center
(YREC) and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), USA.
 INTERNATIONAL LIGHT. Yoga Journal of International Yoga Teachers Association
(IYTA), Australia.
 YOGIC PRAKRITIK JEEVAN SANDESH. Newsletter of CCRYN, Ministry of Health
and Family Welfare, New Delhi.
 SOUVENIR OF INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL, Tourism Dept, Govt. of
Pondicherry. 2001, 2002 and 2003.
 WEEKLY YOGA COLUMN in Tamil newspaper DHINAGARAN : Sept 2004 –Mar
2006.
 EDITOR OF INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL SOUVENIR, Tourism Dept,
Govt. of Pondicherry. (2002, 2003 and 2004).
 WEEKLY YOGA COLUMN in Tamil newspaper MALAR PLUS from Aug 2005 –Mar
2006.
 WEEKLY YOGA COLUMN in Tamil magazine DEVI July –August 2006.
 TATTVALOKA. Journal of Sri Sringeri Sharadha Peetham, India.
 COMPILED BULLETIN OF ACYTER, JIPMER –2009 (July and October editions), 2010
(January, April, July and Oct editions), 2011 (January, April, July and Oct editions).

PHD GUIDE / CO-GUIDE /EXAMINER:
1. Invited to be examiner for Doctor of Philosophy thesis on “Understanding
Modern Yoga Pedagogy and Curriculum: An Interpretive Study Exploring
Sense-Making by Senior Western Yoga Teacher-Trainers” at University
of Southern Queensland (USQ), Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia in 2016.
2. Invited to be an examiner for Doctor of Philosophy thesis on “Effect of yoga
based lifestyle intervention on cardiovascular variables, psychopathologies and
cognitive functions in hypertension patients” at the Swami Vivekananda Yoga
Anusandhana Samsthana (Deemed University), Bengaluru, India in 2017.
3. Member of the KHYF Therapy Evaluation Board since April 2017. Evaluating
Yoga therapy project submissions from students of the Yoga therapy certification
through KHYF International.
4. Guide for following candidates:
1. Dr R Balaji- MPhil Yoga therapy 2016-17, SBV
2. Mr Archudane- MPhil Yoga therapy 2016-17, SBV
3. Mr G Dayanidy-PhD Yoga Therapy 2017, SBV
5. Co-guide for following candidates:
1. Dr. Rajeswari A -DM (Neuro) – JIPMER -2012- The effect of a yogic relaxation
technique (pranava yoga) on cerebrovascular circulation as measured by TCD in
patients with recent ischemic stroke
2. Dr. Vasanthan S- (PhD)-SBV-2013-17: A comparative study on the effect of
yogic relaxing asans and pranayams on heart rate variability and perceived
stress in healthy young volunteers.
3. Dr. Anirban Dutta - (MD General medicine)-SBV (2015)- Assessment of fasting
lipid profile in chronic kidney disease and the effect of yoga therapy.
4. Mr. Uthiravelu P- (PhD)-SBV (2016)- Effect of yoga therapy on autonomic
function and biochemical parameters in patients with newly diagnosed
essential hypertension: A randomized controlled trial.
5. Dr. Selvakumar S- (PhD)-SBV (2016)- Effect of yogic intervention on oxidative
stress and cellular aging in elderly volunteers.
6. Abishek K. (MBBS Student-ICMR-2016). The efficacy of bhramari pranayama in
relieving symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis - a randomized study.
7. Rahul S. (MBBS Student-ICMR-2016). Effect of overnight sleep deprivation on
autonomic function test and perceived stress in young healthy volunteers.
8. Mrs Mangala Gowri - (PhD)-SBV (2016)- Yoga in DM.
9. Dr. Suriyakumar- (MD Psychiatry)-SBV (2016)- Yoga in depression.
10. Dr Venkatesh Kumar- (MD General Medicine) SBV (2017)- Yoga in COPD

BHARATA NATYAM ARTISTE, TEACHER AND CHOREOGRAPHER:
 He was a performer of Bharatanatyam and has performed all over India and notably at
the ABHAI National Dance Festival in 1992. Following his father's Maha Samadhi on
Dec. 29-1993 he has stopped his dance performances and instead, focused his attention
on Dance Choreography, especially in the rhythmic aspect for Yoganjali Natyalayam.
 He has helped to choreograph 10 Major Dance Dramas and 13 Mini Dance Dramas for
Yoganjali Natyalayam in the last 14 years. His students who have completed Nine Year
Diplomas & Seven Year Certificates from Yoganjali Natyalayam and performed their
Bharatanatyam Arangetram include V Renukadevi (2001), Padma M Prashanthini
(2002), D Lakshmi (2005), Shreya Agrawal (2008), R Sruti (2008), Shilpa Balaji (2009), T
Tamilarasan (2009), G Kanimozhi (2009), U Kokila (2009), G Charulatha (2009), N
Ponghuzhali (2011), J Sangavi (2014) and I Krishnaveni (2016).
 In the last few years he has CO-DIRECTED the “Ramavathara” (2003), “Pancha Maha
Bhuta” (2004), “Jayadeva’s Dasavathara” (2005) , “Navagraha Vazhipaadu: A homage
to the Navagrahas” (2006), “Karna Charitram” (2007), Namashivaya Vazhga – The
Story of Thiru Gnana Sambandar (2008), Panchali Sabadam (2009), Muruga Muruga
(2010), Shakunthala (2011), Thamizh Moothatti Avvai (2012), Iyarkaiyai
Vanangiduvom– Homage to Mother Nature (2013), Lingashtakam (2014), Navarasam
(2015) and Pancha Maha Devigal (2016).
 He has also recently composed the music as well as choreographed five complete
Bharatanatyam Margams (the classical performing repertoire) with more than five
dozen compositions that could be called an “Ananda Nartana Margam”. He has
composed the lyrics and music and choreographed many Bharatanatyam items
including Ganeshanjali, Alarippu, Kouthvams, Pushpanjalis, Jathiswarams, Shabdams,
Varnams, Keerthanam, Padams, Thillanas and Mangalams.
 He has composed more than 100 songs in various ragas and talas with deep spiritual
insights set to melody and rhythm. He has also composed several songs in English and
Italian (with Dr Sangeeta Laura Biagi).

YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY RESEARCH EXPERIENCE:
 DIRECTOR: Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER),
MGMC&RI, Pondicherry under Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth from 3.5.2017 onwards.
 DEPUTY DIRECTOR: Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER),
MGMC&RI, Pondicherry under Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth from 11.7.2013 to 2.5.2017.
 PROGRAMME COORDINATOR ACYTER (Advanced Centre for Yoga Therapy,
Education and Research), JIPMER from 4.3.2009 to 10.7.2013.
 SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW in CCRYN (Union Health Ministry, New Delhi)
sponsored Yoga Project in Department of Physiology, JIPMER from November 2000 to
February 2004.
 SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW in DIPAS (Union Defense Ministry, New Delhi)
sponsored Yoga Project in Department of Physiology, JIPMER- April to December
2004.
 Associated with the Pondicherry Govt. Sponsored DSTE Yoga project in the
Physiology Department at JIPMER during 2001-02.
 Associated with the Pranayama and cardiac function study conducted by Dr K Udupa
in JIPMER during 2001-02.
 Conducted the Effect of direction of head on heart rate and blood pressure study at
JIPMER during 2001.
 Conducted the Pranayama and reaction time study conducted in JIPMER during 2002.
 Associated with the Hypertension and Yoga study conducted by Dr Vijayalakshmi in
JIPMER during 2002. JIPMER Intramural Research Project.
 Associated with the Heart Rate Variability and Shavasan study conducted in JIPMER
during 2002. ICMR student project.
 Associated with the Slow and Fast Pranayama Study conducted in JIPMER during
2002. ICMR student project.
 Conducted studies of the
 Pattern of nasal dominance with reference to different phases of the lunar cycle
at ICYER, Pondicherry during December 2003-January 2004.
 Acute effect of mukha bhastrika on children with mental retardation,
Pondicherry during June-August 2010.
 Immediate effects of suryanamaskar on reaction time and heart rate in female
volunteers, Pondicherry during 2011-12.
 Immediate effect of forced uni-nostril / alternate nostril breathing on heart rate,
blood pressure and reaction time, Pondicherry during 2011-12.
 Immediate effect of savitri pranayama in sitting and supine positions,
Pondicherry during 2011-12.

Coordinated Yoga & Yoga Therapy Research Studies (ACYTER, JIPMER 2009-13):
 Patient Feedback Survey and Retrospective Wellness Questionnaire was completed for
100 patients in June 2011 and published in ACYTER bulletin of July2011
 Immediate effect of sukha pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure of patients
with hypertension
 Immediate cardiovascular effects of kaya kriya in normal healthy volunteers
 Immediate effect of shavasana and savitri pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure
of hypertensive patients
 Immediate effect of chandra nadi pranayama on heart rate and blood pressure of
hypertensive patients
 Immediate cardiovascular effects of shavasana and pranava pranayama on heart rate
and blood pressure of hypertensive patients
 Immediate effects of yoga nidra on heart rate and blood pressure
 Immediate effect of pranava pranayama in patients of hypertension
 Effect of yoga training on reaction time, blood glucose and lipid profile of female
diabetes mellitus patients.
 Effect of yoga training on heart rate, blood pressure and lipid profile of patients with
essential hypertension
 Effect of yoga therapy on cardiac autonomic functions and oxidative stress in
prehypertensive subjects: a randomized controlled study.
 Effect of yoga therapy on cardiac function, response to exercise, oxidative stress and
quality of life in heart failure patients: a randomized controlled trial.
 Effect of 12 week yoga therapy as a lifestyle intervention in patients of type 2 diabetes
mellitus with distal symmetric polyneuropathy – A randomized controlled study.
 Effect of yoga therapy on cardiac autonomic function in patients of essential
hypertension – A randomized controlled study.
 Effects of slow and fast pranayams on pulmonary function, handgrip strength and
endurance in young healthy volunteers – A randomized controlled trial.
 Effect of yoga training on autonomic functions and reaction time in young healthy
females during different phases of menstrual cycle.
 Effect of pranayam on maximal exercise performance, pulmonary function, recovery
heart rate and blood pressure in healthy adults.
 A pilot study on immediate effect of chandranadi and suryanadi pranayam on heart
rate variability in healthy volunteers.
 A pilot study on acute effect of anulom vilom pranayam on heart rate variability in
healthy volunteers.
 A pilot study on effect of respiratory rate on heart rate variability in healthy
volunteers.
 Immediate effect of 5 minutes chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability in
hypertensive patients.
 Immediate effect of 5 minutes chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability in
Diabetes mellitus patients.
 Acute effect of 5 minutes chandranadi pranayam on heart rate variability in patients
with diabetes mellitus and hypertension.
 Immediate effect of suryanadi pranayam on heart rate and blood pressure of
hypertensive patients.
 Effect of yoganidra on short term HRV in heart failure patients.
 Effect of mid trimester yoga on the incidence of preeclampsia in high risk women.
 Effect of slow and fast pranayams on cognitive and autonomic parameters in young
healthy subjects.
 CASE STUDIES:
a) Effect of yoga on sub clinical hypothyroidism.
b) Effect of yoga in newly diagnosed hypertension.
c) Effect of yoga in a patient of long standing diabetes and hypertension.
d) Case report on COAD in an adult.
e) Case report on bronchial asthma in a 4 year old child.
f) Case report on Obesity
g) Case report on DM with ketoacidosis

MAJOR PAPER PRESENTATIONS (YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY) AT CONFERENCES:
1. Presented a paper entitled “Effect of Mukh Bhastrika (a Yogic bellows type breathing) on
reaction time” at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Indian Association of Biomedical
Scientists, JIPMER, Pondicherry, Oct 2002.
2. Presented a paper entitled “Integral Psychology of Yoga” at the International Seminar on
Integral Yoga Psychology conducted by the Pondicherry Psychology Association in
collaboration with the Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry, June 2004.
3. Presented a paper entitled, “Application of Integral Yoga Psychology in teacher
education curriculum” in Plenary Session of the 2nd International Seminar on Integral Yoga
Psychology and 6th National Conference on Integral Education conducted by Pondicherry
Psychology Association in collaboration with All India Association for Educational
Research, Pondicherry, January 2005.
4. Presented a paper entitled, “Therapeutic Aspects of Yogic Pranayama” in the
International CME on Yoga Therapy in the Current Millennium and Annual Meet of Indian
Academy of Yoga organised by the Indian Academy of Yoga, Yoga Sadhana Kendra and
Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, India in March 2005.
5. Presented a paper entitled, “Yoga and Modern Medicine: Possible meeting points” in the
International CME on Yoga Therapy in the Current Millennium and Annual Meet of the
Indian Academy of Yoga organised by the Indian Academy of Yoga, Yoga Sadhana Kendra
and Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, India in March 2005.
6. Presented a guest lecture entitled, “Yoga for Health in Children” in the International CME
on Yoga Therapy in the Current Millennium and Annual Meet of the Indian Academy of
Yoga organised by the Indian Academy of Yoga, Yoga Sadhana Kendra and Institute of
Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, India in March 2005.
7. Chaired a session on “Benefits of Asana” at the 13th International Yoga festival by Tourism
Department, Govt of Pondicherry in January 2006.
8. Presented a paper entitled, “Introduction of Integral Yoga education in the teacher
training curriculum” in the Concluding Valedictory Session of the 7th National Conference
on Integral Education conducted by the Pondicherry Psychology Association, Pondicherry,
January 2006.
9. Invited guest speaker at 5th International Yoga Conference held from December 28-31 2007
at Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla, Maharasthra. Was co-chairperson for session on Yoga
Therapy, Jury Member for the Best Paper Presentation Session and presented a paper on
“Yoga research –where are we?” as part of the Panel Discussion on Recent Trends and
Advancements in Yoga Research.
10. Chaired paper presentation session at 14th International Yoga festival by Tourism
Department, Govt of Puducherry -Jan 2007.
11. Invited guest of honour at the NATIONAL YOGA WEEK 2007 conducted by the Morarji
Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi from 12th to 16th March 2007. Presented
keynote address on Yoga and modern medicine: possible meeting points. Presented
invited talk on Yoga for health in children. He was Master of Ceremonies for inaugural
function and moderator at other sessions. Member of the consultation meetings held to
discuss Yoga accreditation procedures and policies.
12. Invited guest of honour at the MILANO YOGA FESTIVAL 2007 in Milan, Italy in October
2007. Presented 2 workshops and a musical concert.
13. Chaired the paper presentation session at the 15th International Yoga festival by Tourism
Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2008.
14. Invited guest of honour at the NATIONAL YOGA WEEK 2008 conducted by the Morarji
Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi from 25th to 29th February 2008. Presented
invited talk on Using BMI and waist circumference to preempt the complications of
obesity. He was the Master of Ceremonies for the inaugural function and moderator at
other sessions. Presented an invited talk on obesity for the workshop being conducted
during the week.
15. As resource person, presented paper entitled, “Yoga and sinusitis” in National Seminar on
Yoga for Respiratory Disorders organised by Vallabhai Patel Chest Institute, Delhi
University -April 2008.
16. Invited to present a daylong workshop at Cornwall on the 7th of September 2008.
17. Invited to present a three day intensive retreat at South Wales, UK from the 12 th to 14th
September 2008.
18. Invited to present a three day intensive Seminar on Pranayama at Monte Verita, Locarno,
Switzerland, September 2008.
19. Invited to present a talk on Mudras and Pranayama at INDIAN EMBASSY -Tagore
Cultural centre, Berlin, Germany, Sept 2008.
20. Invited to present a three day intensive Seminar on Hatha Yoga at the Finnish Centre in
Berlin -September 2008.
21. Invited to present a two day intensive Seminar on Yantra at the Gitananda Yoga Society
in Berlin -September 2008.
22. Invited guest of honour at the INTERNATIONAL YOGA THERPY CONFERENCE in
San RAFAEL, California, USA from October 4-6, 2008. Gave Keynote address, 3 workshops,
3 practical classes and participated in 3 panel presentations along with eminent Yoga
masters of North America.
23. Invited guest of honour: presented 2 workshops at the MILANO YOGA FESTIVAL 2008
in Milan, Italy in October 2008.
24. Invited to present talks, concerts, dance lessons, seminars and classes at the Gitananda
Ashram in Savona, Italy - October 2008.
25. Invited guest speaker at National Workshop on role of Yoga in Geriatrics in December
2008 at CCRYN, New Delhi. Presented a paper on “Rheumatological and immunological
aspects of aging and importance of integrated approach of Yoga in senior citizens” and
Panel discussion.
26. Invited guest speaker at the 29th National Conference of the IABMS in December 2008 at
Ragas Dental College and Hospital, Chennai and presented a paper on “Yoga for positive
health”.
27. Chaired the paper presentation session at 16th International Yoga festival by Tourism
Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2009.
28. Invited guest speaker and presented an invited talk entitled, “Indian approaches to school
psychology” in the Plenary Session of the 11th National Conference on School Psychology
organized by Pondicherry Psychology Association at Pondicherry, 10th and 11th of January
2009.
29. Invited guest of honour at the NATIONAL YOGA WEEK 2009 conducted by Morarji
Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi in February 2009. Presented invited talk on
“Indian approaches to school psychology”. He was Master of Ceremonies for inaugural
function & participated in Brainstorming session with Secretary AYUSH & eminent Yoga
experts.
30. Presented an invited talk on “Lifestyle modification of psychosomatic disorders through
Yoga” at the National Workshop on “Fitness to Overcome Lifestyle Diseases” conducted by
the Department of Physical Education and Sports, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry.
February 2009.
31. Resource Person and panelist at the National Workshop on Introducing Yoga in the
Medical Curriculum. ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March, 2009.
32. Invited Guest of Honour & Inaugural Address on Yoga and Holistic Health at UGC
sponsored National Seminar on Yoga & Holistic health by Nabira Mahavidyalaya, Katol,
RTM Nagpur University-April 2009.
33. Invited to present a 3- day Intensive Seminar at Augustine Centre in Melbourne (April
2009); hosted by National Institute of Integrative Medicine & Vibrational Breath
Therapy, Australia.
34. Invited to present an intensive workshop for International Yoga Teachers Association
(IYTA) in Sydney in April 2009.
35. Invited to conduct a series of Intensive Retreats coordinated by the Gitananda Yoga
Association at Geelong, the Gold Coast, Sydney and Brisbane in Australia in April 2009.
36. Invited to conduct an Intensive Retreat at the Lotus Yoga Centre in Paraparaumu, New
Zealand in April 2009.
37. Presented an invited talk on, “Therapeutic potential of Yoga” in the first Clinical Society
meeting of the Mahatma Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Dental Studies, Pondicherry–
Aug 2009.
38. Invited to present a Seminar on Yoga Therapy at the Gitananda Yoga Society in Berlin –
August 2009.
39. Invited to present a 3-day retreat with talks, concerts, dance lessons, seminars and
classes at the Gitananda Ashram in Savona, Italy – August 2009. He was accompanied by
his wife Devasena Bhavanani who conducted classes on Yoga, Samskrit and Indian
Classical Dance. They also gave numerous dance and music performances.
40. Invited Plenary Speaker at 6th International Yoga Conference, at Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla,
Maharashtra-Dec 27 - 30, 2009. Presented the Plenary Address in the Plenary Session on
“Yoga and Cultural Synthesis”. Was Chairperson for the paper session on Applied Aspects
of Yoga and was a panelist in the Panel Discussion on Ethical decline in Yoga Research and
Yoga Teaching.
41. Chaired a paper presentation session, conducted a workshop on Gitananda Yoga and
coordinated the Yoga Sport event at 17th International Yoga festival by Tourism
Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2010.
42. Invited guest speaker and presented an invited talk entitled, “Culturing one’s self
through Yoga” in the Plenary Session of the 12th National Conference on Developing
School Psychology in India organized by Pondicherry Psychology Association at
Pondicherry, 10th January 2010.
43. Resource Person-cum-Organizer: presented talks on, “Yoga and stress: a perspective” and
“Culturing one’s self though Yoga” and participated in the Panel Discussion in Workshop
on Yoga for Stress Management & Personality Development organized by ANANDITA
and Gautam Buddha Health Care Foundation and sponsored by CCRYN at Pondicherry in
January 2010.
44. Resource Person-cum-Organizer: moderated panel discussion and conducted practical
training in Workshop-cum-Seminar on Yoga and CAM therapies for HIV/AIDS organized
by ACYTER and PACS at JIPMER, Pondicherry on January 30th 2010.
45. Invited guest of honour at the NATIONAL YOGA WEEK 2010 conducted by MDNIY,
New Delhi from 12th to 18th February 2010. Chaired the Free Paper Presentation Session and
Conducted a WORKSHOP ON YOGA FOR TECHNOSTRESS along with faculty of MDNIY.
46. Presented an invited talk on “Yoga: A boon for maternal and child health” at the State
Level Champaign conducted by the Directorate of Indian Systems of Medicine and
Homeopathy, Government of Pondicherry -February 2010.
47. Invited Speaker, Workshop Presenter and open session panelist at the National
Workshop cum Seminar on Role of Yoga in Prevention and Management of Hypertension.
ACTYER, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March 18-19, 2010.
48. Invited Keynote Speaker, Workshop Presenter and open session panelist at the 1st
National Seminar cum Workshop on Role of Yoga in Geriatric Care. ACYER, Gujarat
Ayurved University, Jamnagar. March 28-29, 2010.
49. Invited to present an intensive One Day Workshop on Yoga for Doctors during the
month long training program on Yoga for doctors organized by Dep’t of physiology,
JNMC, Datta Meghe Medical University at Wardha on 31, March 2010.
50. Invited guest speaker at the World Health Day celebrations and CME organized by the
Indian Association of Preventive Dentistry at Ragas Dental College, Chennai and presented
a lecture cum demonstration on “Healthy Living through Yoga”. April 5, 2010.
51. Invited to present a three day intensive retreat along with public talks, classes and
workshops at Cape Town in April 2010. Hosted by Anjali School of Yoga, South Africa.
52. Invited to present intensive retreats, workshops, seminars, book presentations and
musical performances in Italy (Milan, Genova, Liverno, and Savona) and Germany
(Berlin) in June-July 2010. Hosted by the Gitananda Ashram and Italian Gitananda Yoga
Federation in Italy and the Gitananda Society In Germany.
53. As a resource person, presented an invited paper entitled, “Rheumatological and
immunological aspects of aging and importance of integrated approach of Yoga in senior
citizens” in “SYNERGIES IN HEALING” an international conference organized by the
Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM), Chennai at GRT Convention Centre, Chennai on
18 July 2010.
54. Invited to present Keynote address at the 3rd International Seminar on Integral Yoga
Psychology organized by Indian School Psychology Association (New Delhi), Pondicherry
Psychology Association and RICE foundations (Netherlands) at Pondicherry, 7th August
2010.
55. Invited to be the MAJOR PRESENTER at the “REUNION IN YOGA”- IYTA WORLD
YOGA CONVENTION held at Sydney, Australia from 16 to 19 September 2010. More
than 180 delegates attended the WORLD CONVENTION that was held after a gap of 13
years. It is notable that previous special invitees have been Swami Satyananada
Saraswathi, Swami Gitananda Giri, Swami Satchitananda, BKS Iyengar, Andre Van
Lysbeth, Lilias Folan, Howard Kent, Mansukh Patel and Swami Maheshwarananda.
56. Invited to conduct an Intensive Retreat on “DISTRESS TO DE-STRESS” organized by
the Gitananda Yoga Association at Brisbane, Australia in September 2010.
57. Presented an INVITED TALK on “Yoga: A boon for maternal and child health” during the
8th National Conference of the Society of Midwives of India on 12.11. 2010 at JIPMER,
Puducherry.
58. Chaired paper presentation sessions, presented invited talks and coordinated the Yoga
Sport event at 18th International Yoga festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry
in January 2011. Also conducted the performance of the dance drama MURUGA MURUGA
by Yognat on the occasion with 80 dancers and musicians.
59. Invited Keynote Speaker, Workshop Presenter and open session panelist at Golden Jubilee
National Seminar cum Workshop on Role of Yoga in Respiratory Tract Disorders with
Special Reference to Bronchial Asthma. ACYER, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar.
Jan 20-21, 2011.
60. Invited Speaker on Yogic therapy: A physiological perspective” at the Yoga Update 2011
organised by ICYHC Kaivalyadhama, Mumbai. January 29-30, 2011.
61. Invited Keynote Speaker at the NATIONAL YOGA WEEK 2011 conducted by the Morarji
Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi from 12 th to 18th February 2011.
62. Co-ordinator and Workshop Presenter at National Workshop cum Seminar on Role of
Yoga in Prevention & Management of Diabetes Mellitus. ACTYER, JIPMER. March 1-2,
2011.
63. Invited to present a day long Yoga Day workshop on Stress at Milan on the 10 th April
2011.
64. Invited to present a 5-Day Intensive Retreat at South Wales, UK from the 15-19th April
2011 and a Special Cultural Evening on 14th April at the Indian Cultural Centre, Cardiff,
UK.
65. Invited to present a workshop at Cornwall, UK on the 21st April 2011.
66. Invited Guest Speaker at CME on Obesity organized by Woman Doctors Association (TN)
at Sri Lakshminarayanan Institute of Medical Studies, Pondicherry and presented am
interactive talk and lecture cum demonstration session on “Dealing with obesity the Yoga
way”. August 7, 2011.
67. Invited to present talks, concerts, dance lessons, seminars and classes at the Gitananda
Ashram in Savona, Italy – August 2011. He was accompanied by his wife Devasena
Bhavanani who conducted classes on Yoga, Samskrit and Indian Classical Dance. They
also gave numerous dance and music performances for Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrations.
68. Resource Person for the workshop on “Tourism-Linking Cultures” organized by
Department of Tourism Studies, Pondicherry University on occasion of World Tourism
Day, 27.9 2011.
69. Invited Speaker on Yoga & Education during 19th International conference on frontiers in
yoga research and its applications. Organized by the VYASA, Bengaluru, India. 21
December 2011.
70. Invited Keynote Speaker on “The Yoga of interpersonal relationships” at National Yoga
Week 2012 conducted by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi from 12 to 18
Feb 2012.
71. Invited to present intensive retreats, workshops, seminars, book presentations and
musical performances in Italy (Merano, Cuneo and Savona) and Germany (Berlin) in
April 2012. Hosted by the Gitananda Ashram and Italian Gitananda Yoga Federation in
Italy and the Gitananda Society in Germany.
72. Resource Person for the CME–cum- Workshop on “Heart rate variability: a diagnostic and
research tool” organised by Deptt of Physiology, MGMCRI, Puducherry on 12th June 2012.
73. Invited to present an intensive 2-day workshop on Yoga therapy for the International
Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in Sydney -10,11 th November 2012.
74. Invited to present a 2 day Intensive Seminar on Yoga Therapy at Augustine Centre in
Melbourne in Nov 2012. Hosted by National Institute of Integrative Medicine &
Vibrational Breath Therapy, Australia.
75. Invited to conduct a series of Intensive Retreats and talks coordinated by the Gitananda
Yoga Association at Brisbane, Melbourne, Geelong and Toowomba -Australia in Nov
2012.
76. Invited to conduct a talk on Yoga at Integral Yoga Academy of Australasia, Adelaide -
Australia in Nov 2012.
77. Invited to present a talk on “Yoga in Healthcare” during the “Patient First – A Joint
International Conference on Quality Assurance and Patient Safety” organized by Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth and Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons (Glasgow) at Puducherry on 29.11.
2012.
78. Invited to present a talk on “Psychosomatic Mechanisms of Yoga” during National
Conference on Mind Body Medicine. Department of Physiology, JNMC, DMIMSDU,
Wardha on 21.12. 2012.
79. Invited Guest Speaker at the 7th International Yoga Conference held from December 27 to
30, 2012 at Kaivalyadhama in Lonavla, Maharasthra.
80. Chief Guest and Invited Speaker at the International Conference on Health and Wealth
held from December 28 to 30, 2012 at Lexicon Educational Institute, Pune.
81. Chaired paper presentation sessions, presented invited talks and coordinated Yoga Sport
event at 19th International Yoga festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry in
January 2013. Conducted performance of dance drama AVVAIYAR by Yognat with 75
dancers and musicians.
82. Presented invited talk and lec-dem on “Role of Yoga therapy in prevention & treatment of
diabetes & hypertension” at Vinayaka Mission’s Kirupananda Variayar Medical College,
Salem – 2.3. 2013.
83. Invited to present talk on Yoga for Hypertension during World Health Day 2013 CME at
Mother Theresa PG & Research Institute of Health Sciences (MTPG&RIHS), Pondicherry on
8.4.2013.
84. Invited to present a Yoga Day at Cornwall, UK on the 13 th April 2013.
85. Invited to present a Yoga Day with musical concert at Yoga Satsanga Ashram, Wales, UK
on 15th April 2013.
86. Invited to present many classes, talks and a 3-Day Intensive Retreat at Yoga Wales
(Gitananda Yoga Society), Cardiff, South Wales, UK from 16-25 th April 2013.
87. Invited to present Special Address at the 3rd National Conference on School Psychology
Services to Multiple Disabled Children, held 22-24 November 2013 at NIEPMD,
Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu.
88. Presented a Workshop on Yoga Therapy on behalf of CYTER at 20th International Yoga
festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2014. Also conducted the
performance of the dance drama Pancha Maha Bhutam by Yognat on the occasion with 70
dancers and musicians.
89. Invited to conduct an Intensive Retreat by the Gitananda Yoga Association from March
28th to 30th 2014 at Tatum park, Paraparaumu, New Zealand.
90. Invited to conduct a talk on Yoga for wellness at the Lotus Yoga Centre, Paraparaumu,
New Zealand on April 1st 2014.
91. Invited to conduct a talk on Yoga for longevity at IYTA, Wellington, New Zealand on
2.4.2014.
92. Invited to present a 3-day Intensive Retreat on Yoga by the Integral Yoga Academy of
Australasia at Woodhouse in Adelaide, Australia from 4 th to 6th April 2014.
93. Invited to conduct a talk on the Science of Yoga for longevity at the Anand Yoga Academy,
Adelaide, Australia on April 7th 2014.
94. Invited to present an intensive 2-day workshop on “Understanding the Psychic Energies
of Yoga” for the International Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) in Sydney -12th and 13th
April 2014.
95. Invited Resource Person for the National Seminar on "Dimensions of Yoga and its
dynamics" on 4th July 2014 at MoP Vaishnav College for Women, Chennai. He delivered an
invited lecture on “Diverse Dimensions of Yoga for the Youth" in the event organized
jointly by the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and MoP Vaishnav College.
96. Conducted workshop on Yoga Therapy on behalf of CYTER at 21st International Yoga
festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2015.
97. Resource person for the CME on “Therapeutic Potential of Yoga” organized on 20.1.2015
by Department of Physiology, Sri Venkateshwaraa Medical College Hospital & Research
Center, Ariyur, Pondicherry.
98. Invited Guest Speaker for the International ONLINE MEDIATION SUMMIT organised
by the Ananda Sanga Educational Institute (ASEI) of South Africa in January 2015.
99. Invited Speaker on “Role of Yoga in Non Communicable Diseases” at National Yoga Week
2015 conducted by Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi from 12 to 18 Feb
2015.
100. Invited Panelist in 8th International Conference on Yoga & Education at Kaivalydhama,
Lonavla, India from 27th - 30th December 2015. Also presented a paper in the theme
"Experiential Paradigm of Yoga in Education" for which he received Best Paper Award
from the hands of Swami Maheshanandaji (Chairman Kaivalydhama) in the august
presence of Dr BM Hegde and Sri DR Karthikeyan.
101. Chaired paper presentation session on “Empowering society through Yoga” at 22nd
International Yoga festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry -Jan 2016.
102. Conducted workshop on Yoga Therapy on behalf of CYTER at 22nd International Yoga
festival by Tourism Department, Govt of Puducherry in January 2016.
103. Resource person for CME on “Memory: Mind to Molecules” organized on 5.3.2016 by
Department of Physiology, Danalakshmi Srinivasan Medical College & Hospital,
Perambalur, Tamil Nadu.
104. Resource person for the Integrated CME & Workshop on “Introduction of Yoga in
Medical Curriculum” organized on 9.3.2016 by Department of Anatomy, Physiology and
Biochemistry, Sri Satya Sai Medical College & Research Institute, Ammapettai,
Kancheepuram Dist, Tamil Nadu.
105. Resource person for National Conference on Chronobiology and Health organized on 18-
19 March 2016 by Department of Physiology, MGMCRI, Pondicherry.
106. Chief Guest for ARENA 16, the Annual Sports Meet of Indira Gandhi Institute of Dental
Sciences at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry on 14 March 2016.
107. Chief Guest for Annual Day celebrations and Sports Day Tagore Arts College, Lawspet,
Pondicherry on 31 March 2016.
108. Invited to present a 3-day Intensive Retreat on Yoga by the Gitananda Yoga Association
of Canada at Montreal, Quebec from April 22 - 24 2016. He also gave invited talks for 120
students of the Vanier College and 30 Yoga teachers and enthusiasts at the YogaNat Studio
in Montreal.
109. Invited Consultant and Principal Faculty for the Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) training
program, "YOGA THERAPY APPLIED IN MEDICAL SETTINGS", held at Kripalu Center
for Yoga & Health, USA from April 24 – May 1, 2016. He presented half-day sessions
covering the main focus areas of Yoga Therapy, including the cardiovascular, respiratory,
nervous and immune systems. He detailed Yoga Therapy approaches to each, with a focus
on the Gitananda tradition. Other eminent experts who taught in the program included
Joseph Le Page, Amrita Sandra Mc Lanahan, Susi Amendola, Sat Bir Khalsa, Allen
Wilkens, Terry Roth, Deb Jenson, and Karen O'Donnell Clarke.
110. Resource Person for International Conference on "Yoga for the Body and Beyond"
organized at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi from 22-23 June 2016 by Ministry of AYUSH,
Govt of India. The grand event was inaugurated by Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri M
Hamid Ansari with participation from more than 34 countries and all states of India. Dr
Ananda presented an invited talk in the first technical session on "Power of Pranayama"
and participated in the concluding Panel Discussion that fielded pertinent questions from
the enthusiastic global audience. He also participated in the executive committee meetings
of the Indian Yoga Association of which he is Director of Publications.
111. Presented a paper entitled, “Restoring human values in medicine: Role of Yoga" in the
National Conference on Changing Trends in Health Professions Education (NC-CTHPE
2016) at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry. 18-21 Aug 2016.
112. Invited Guest Speaker and Co-chairperson for Keynote session of the National Seminar on
Emerging Trends of Research in Yoga and Naturopathy organised by CCRYN, Ministry of
AYUSH, GOI at Adhyatma Sadhana Kendra, New Delhi from 16-18 September 2016.
113. Invited Plenary Guest Speaker and Symposium Chairperson at 6th InSPA International
Conference and 3rdInternational Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of
Pondicherry University. Pondicherry, 13-15 October 2016.
114. Invited resource person for CME on ‘Translational Medicine in the Diagnosis and
Management of Diabetes Mellitus’, organized by Dept of Biochemistry, MGMCRI,
Pondicherry. He gave a presentation on Enhancing Management of Type 2 Diabetes
through Yoga in the event on 10 November 2016.
115. Invited to be Chief Guest and present a talk on Yoga for Health Professionals during the
Annual Scientific Society Meet of Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital
Kalitheerthalkuppam, Madagadipet, Pondicherry on 16 December 2016.
116. Invited Resource Person for Capacity Building Workshop at WHO Collaborating Centre
for Traditional Medicine (Yoga), MDNIY, Delhi from 28th - 30th November, 2016.
117. Invited to be a Resource Person and give a presentation on “Managing stress through
yoga: concepts and methods” during PONCON 2016, the 7th Annual Pondicherry State
Conference of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists at MGMCRI, Pondicherry on 7th
January 2017.
118. Invited to be a Resource Person and give presentation on “Yoga and respiratory
disorders” during Bhopal Yoga Fest 2017 organized by Sant Hirdaram Medical College of
Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, sponsored by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and
coordinated by the CCRYN from 25-27 February 2017 at Bhopal, MP, India.
119. Invited guest speaker and guest of honur for the valedictory function of the 3-day
International Yoga Fest held from 8th-10th March 2017 at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New
Delhi. The event was organized as a Curtain Raiser for International Day of Yoga (IDY)
2017 by MDNIY on behalf of the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India.
120. Invited to be a Resource Person and give workshops at Phoenix 2017, International
Medical Students Conference organized by AJ Institute of Medical Sciences, Mangalore
from 24-26 March 2017.
121. Invited talk on “Yoga for dental professionals” at the Scientific Academic Forum of IGIDS
on 4th April 2017.
122. Invited panelist for panel discussion “Let’s talk about the Black Dog” organized by Dept
of Community medicine and Scientific Academic Forum commemorating World health
Day, 7th April 2017 at MGMCRI.
123. Invited to present a 4-day Intensive Retreat on Yoga by the Integral Yoga Academy of
Australasia at Woodhouse in Adelaide, Australia from 12-15 October 2017. Co-hosted by
Gitananda Yoga Association of Australia and New Zealand.
124. Invited to be KEY NOTE PRESENTER at the Golden Jubilee, 50th Anniversary World
Yoga Conference of the IYTA held at Sydney, Australia from 20-22 October 2017. More
than 250 delegates attended the international event.

YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
1. Yoganjali Natyalayam- Theory & practical classes - 25 years. Has trained thousands in
classes on Yoga Theory, Practicals, Shat Kriyas, Yoga Psychology, Yoga Therapy, Yoga
Anatomy & Physiology and Yoga Research.
2. International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) – Trained nearly 100
teacher trainees in classes in Yoga Theory, Practicals, Shat Kriyas, Mantra Yoga, Laya Yoga,
Yoga Psychology, Yoga Therapy, Yoga Anatomy & Physiology, Yantra and Yoga Research.-
19 Years.
3. Yoga instructor:
 Tagore Arts College- Dept of Philosophy. Theory & practical classes in Yoga for
more than 250 BA students -30 hours every year- 9 years.
 Refresher courses for Pondicherry Govt. Physical Education teachers though the
Education Department. 2002.
 Coordinated the “Feel of Yoga” classes at several venues in Pondicherry during the
International Yoga Festivals conducted by Tourism Department, Govt of
Pondicherry- 2006, 2007 & 2008.
4. Guest lecturer:
 Pondicherry Central University- Centre for Yoga Studies. Theory lectures for more
than 30 PG Diploma in Yoga students-15 hours – 2002, 2003.
 Pondicherry University- Community College. For more than 25 Certificate in
Yoga teaching (CYT) course students-2001, 2002.
 Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Conducted theory classes in scientific basics
of Yoga and Yoga therapy for more than 250 Diploma and PG Diploma Yoga course
students-June 2007.
 Annamalai University, Chidambaram. Conducted theory classes in Yoga therapy
for more than 250 MSc Yoga and PG Diploma Yoga course students-March 2008.
 JIPMER (ACYTER) Pondicherry. Conducted theory lecture on, “Therapeutic
potential of Yoga” and participated in question answer panel session, for nearly 100
medical students in the Orientation course for Professionals. –Aug 2008.
 MDNIY (Morarji Desai National Institute For Yoga), New Delhi. Conducted 15
hours of theory lectures on Yoga therapy modules for cardiovascular conditions and
musculo-skeletal conditions for students of the DYT course from 17th to 21st
November 2008.
 Pondicherry Dental College- Presented an invited talk on, “Therapeutic potential
of Yoga” in the Clinical Society meeting of the Mahatma Gandhi Post Graduate
Institute of Dental Studies, Pondicherry–9 Aug 2009.
 Presented Invited Talks on, “Complementary and alternative therapies in
HIV/AIDS” for the Workshop for Nursing professionals at JIPMER Nursing
College, in Sept-October 2009.
 Presented invited talks on Yoga Research and Bridging Yoga and Modern Medicine
at the Yoga Seminar for Doctors conducted by Kaivalyadhama at Lonavla-
February 2010.

5. Paper setting and valuation:
 Pondicherry Central University- Community College. Paper setting and valuation
for final exam (CYT) in the subjects ‘Scientific basis of Yoga Education’ and ‘History
and fundamentals of Yoga’- Jan and May 2003.
 Member of the CENTRAL EVALUATION COMMITTEE of DYT and DYS courses
at Morarji Desai National Institute for Yoga, New Delhi-August 2007. Appointed
paper setter for the DYT course examination in 2008.
 Morarji Desai National Institute for Yoga, New Delhi. Paper setting and valuation
for DYT and DYS courses since 2008.
6. Yoga Therapy Consultation – offered to more than 1500 patients of various medical
conditions in the last 10 years at Yoganjali Natyalayam twice weekly on OPD basis. More
than 15,000 patients have benefited from personal consultation at ACYTER, JIPMER (2009-
13) and in CYTER, MGMCRI since July 2013.
7. CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF STUDIES in “Anatomy & Physiology of Human Body in the
context of Yoga”- Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and Cultural Synthesis,
Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Pune. Nomination for the tenure 2013-16.
8. Member, Board of Studies KGNC, SBV for “Foundation in Yoga Therapy” course for BSc
Nursing students-20, July 2016.
9. CONSULTANT YOGA EXPERT:
 NATIONAL BOARD for the Promotion and Development of Yoga and Naturopathy,
Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. 2017
 SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE of the Central Council for Research in Yoga and
Naturopathy (CCRYN), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. 2015-2018.
 INTER-MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE of Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India, New
Delhi for the International Day of Yoga 2017
 COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS FOR YOGA & DIABETES. Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of
India, New Delhi. August 2016
 COMMITTEE OF YOGA EXPERTS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF INTERNATIONAL
DAY OF YOGA 2015. Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India, New Delhi.
 SEARCH CUM PEER REVIEW COMMITTEE of the Central Council for Research in
Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN), Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India. July 2015
 Invited expert for consultative meeting chaired by Secretary AYUSH at the Ministry of
AYUSH, Govt of India on 18.11.2016 to firm the views for articulating during the Inter-
Governmental Committee on Intangible Cultural Heritage (IGC-ICH) to be held 28
November to 2 December 2016 at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to defend India’s interest for
inscription of “Yoga” in Representative List of the UNESCO as Intangible Cultural
Heritage. On 1 December 2016, Yoga was inscribed in the UNESCO's list of ICH.
 COUNCIL FOR YOGA ACCREDITATION INTERNATIONAL, USA since 2012. ICYER
is a founding charter member and Dr Ananda is Member, Board of Directors.
 INDIAN YOGA ASSOCIATION (IYA), a self-regulatory body for Yoga formed by
eminent Yoga Schools in India supported by Ministry of AYUSH, Govt. of India. ICYER
is a founding member and Dr Ananda is a member of the Executive Council and was
Director Publications and on 27.11.2016 nominated Director of the Standing Research
Committee of the IYA.
 Member Technical Committee of QCI (Quality Council of India) for Yoga Schemes
(2017).
 YOGA ACCREDITATION AND SYLLABUS COMMITTEES-Dept of AYUSH, Ministry
of Health, Govt of India, New Delhi-2007
 Consultative meeting of the WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION COLLABORATING
CENTRE IN TRADITIONAL MEDICINE (YOGA) at the Morarji Desai National
Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, India-September and November 2014.
 Member of the Research Advisory Committee for Scientific Research Department of
Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavla. (October 2016-2018).
 YOGA BRAINSTORMING SESSION -Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Govt of
India, New Delhi-7th April 2008
 SYLLABUS COMMITTEE MEETING FOR YOGA IN SCHOOLS-MDNIY, Dept of
AYUSH, Ministry of Health, Govt of India, New Delhi-8th and 9th July 2009
 INTERNATIONAL YOGA FESTIVAL, Tourism Directorate, Govt of Pondicherry. Since
2001 onwards.
 MEMBER EDITORIAL BOARD:
o Yoga- Teacher’s Manual for School Teachers. MDNIY, Dept of AYUSH, Ministry
of Health, Govt of India, New Delhi.2010
o International Scientific Yoga Journal SENSE , Belgrade, Serbia-since 2010
o YOGA MIMAMSA journal of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, India-since 2010
o SM Journal of Cardiovascular Disorders, USA since April 2015.
o International Journal of Physiatry, USA since June 2015.
o Yoga and Natural Therapy Journal, USA since February 2016.
o Journal of Alternative Medical Research, New Jersey, USA since March 2016.
o Jacobs Journal of Yoga, Austin, Texas, USA since April 2016.
o Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy, New Jersey, USA since May 2016.
o Journal of Yoga and Physiotherapy, California, USA since July 2016.
o MED ONE, Qingres Ltd, London, U.K since December 2016
o Section Editor 9AYUSH) of the Journal of Basic, Clinical and Applied Health
Sciences, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth since 2017.
 Member, Selection Committee, INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS
(ICCR), Government of India, New Dehi-2010.
 SADAY School for Special Children, Pondicherry since 2005.
 SUPER AUDIO (Madras) Pvt Ltd since 2005.
 COAST GUARD, Pondicherry-2013 October
 PEER REVIEWER:
o Yoga Mimamsa journal of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, Maharashtra-since 2007
o International Journal of Yoga from SVYASA, Bengaluru- since May 2009.
o International Journal of Yoga Therapy, IAYT, USA-since 2010
o International Scientific Yoga Journal SENSE , Belgrade, Serbia-since 2010
o Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) - since January 2012.
o Biomedical Human Kinetics-since January 2012
o Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, New Delhi -since March 2012
o Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology- since June 2012
o Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine - since July 2013.
o Journal of BioPsycho Social Medicine - since July 2014.
o Saudi Journal of Sports Medicine- since January 2015.
o Indian Journal of Medical Research- since August 2015.
o SM Journal of Cardiovascular Disorders - since September 2015,.
o Alternative & Integrative Medicine: Open Access- since October 2015.
o Med One by Qingres Ltd, London, U.K- since December 2016.
o Complementary Therapies in Medicine -since May 2017.
 Member SCIENTIFIC PANEL OF EXAMINERS for evaluation of Yoga Therapy or
evaluation of the Yoga Therapy Training projects, Krishnamacharya Healing and Yoga
Foundation, Chennai. Since 2012
 Honorary Member of the Scientific Board, INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR
INTERDISCIPLINARY YOGA RESEARCH, Belgrade, Serbia
 Honorary Member of the Scientific Board, INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR YOGA
TEACHERS EDUCATION, Belgrade, Serbia
 Member of the Consultative Meetings for Discussion of Yoga Accreditation- Policies
and Procedures conducted by Dept of AYUSH, Ministry of Health and FW, Govt of
India during National Yoga Week 2007 at New Delhi, March 2007 and at sVYASA,
Bangalore in June 2007.
 Member of the INSTITUTIONAL ANIMAL ETHICS COMMITTEE of the Pondicherry
University (Central University) from 2007 onwards.
 OBL Ltd, Pondicherry. 2000.
 ACER India (Pvt) Ltd, Pondicherry. 2004.
 Interactive TV programme (Sky Sat) on Yoga for Sleep disorders in collaboration with
the Yoga Research Project, Dept of Pharmacology, JIPMER, Pondicherry. 2004.
 Pondicherry Vetinary College, Guest Lecture on Yoga at Faculty Club. 2004
 Bharatidasan Women’s College, Pondicherry. Guest Lecture on Yoga at Dept of
English—2005
 Rotary Club of Pondicherry Central, Guest Lecture on Yoga, 29.3.2005 at Anandha Inn.
 Suicide Prevention Awareness Campaign, Community Service Scheme, Govt HSS,
Karayanmbuthur, Pondicherry- Guest Lecture on Yoga on 8.5.2005.
 Nominated to the committee to examine the proposal of starting “PG Diploma Course
in Yoga Therapy” at Pondicherry University by the Vice Chancellor in June 2005.
 Interactive programme on Yoga (All India Radio-Pondicherry Kendra) in the URAVU
PALAM- a live phone in programme on 25th October 2005
 E-THINK. An academy that aims to provide training programmes in various aspects in
a professional manner for kids. Trichy, South India (2006).
 Workshop on stress reduction for Airtel executives at Hotel Pondicherry Ashoka-3.3.
2007.
 Member of the AD-HOC ACADEMIC COMMITTEE of MDNIY, New Delhi-August
2007.
 Interactive programme on Yoga (All India Radio-Pondicherry Kendra) in the URAVU
PALAM- a live phone in programme on 18th September 2007
 Interactive programme on Yoga (Deepam TV Channel) - a live phone in programme on
2.6 2008
 Talk on Yoga (All India Radio-Pondicherry Kendra) in the Vilayattu Arangam – in
April 2009
 Special 15 day Yoga workshop for ZEST Beach Resort, Pondicherry-April and August
2009
 Yoga for stress management programme at SHASUN Chemicals, Pondicherry-2010
 Interactive programme on Yoga (Right TV Channel) - a live phone in programme on
5.8. 2010
 Rotary Club of Pondicherry Aurocity, Chief Guest and Lecture on Yoga for special
children on 4 September 2010 at Mother Rehabilitation School, Pondicherry.
 Chairperson for Special Programme on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
organised by IMA, Cuddalore and Scientific and Academic Forum, Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth at MGMCRI, Pondicherry on 5 April 2011
 Yoga Awareness Programme for Harmoney Corporate group. Pondicherry. Jan 2012.
 Holistic Health and Humour Association. Jothi Eye Care Centre, Pondicherry. April1,
2012.
 Interactive live phone in session on Yoga and medical science (Doordarshan). 6.2.2013.
 Invited presentations on Yoga research during the OTP programme for AYUSH and
modern professionals at Kaivalyadhama- Feb 14th 2013.
 Presented Yoga awareness programs for Pondicherry Doordarshan Kendra on 20th and
27th April 2017.

10. RESOURCE PERSON IN YOGA AND YOGA THERAPY:
 Nominated by Pondicherry Govt Department of Art and Culture to the
GOVERNING BODY of the SOUTH ZONE CULTURAL CENTRE, Tanjavur under
Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in 2013.
 Member EXPERT COMMITTEE of SZCC to select “Young Talented Artistes
awardees for 2013-14. Held on December 5th 2013.
 Member Technical Committee of QCI for Yoga Schemes (2017).
 Centre for Cultural Resources and Training (CCRT), Ministry of Culture, Govt of
India, New Delhi: Guru in vocal music for R Shalini (since 2007) and Shreya Agrawal
in Bharatanatyam (since 2008) in their Scholarships from CCRT
 Pondicherry Central University- Community College. For more than 60 Certificate in
Yoga teaching (CYT) course students during 2003-04 and 2004-05 in “Scientific Basis
of Yoga”.
 Pondicherry Central University- Community College. For more than 100 Diploma in
Yoga Education (DYEd) course students since 2005 till date in the subject of Scientific
Basis of Yoga and Principles of Yoga Therapy.
 Pondicherry Central University- Community College. For more than 75 PG Diploma
in Yoga Education (PGDY) course students from 2007 till date in the subject of
Scientific Basis of Yoga and Principles of Yoga Therapy.
 Pondicherry Central University- Study India Programme – Yoga Course and
Bharatanatyam Course. From 2004-2013.
 Paper setter and examiner for DYT course conducted by the Morarji Desai National
Institute for Yoga, New Delhi- 2007-08.
 Hemophilia Society Camp, Pondicherry. 2001-02 and 2006
 Dr MGR Educational & Research Institute (Dr MGR Deemed University), Chennai for
Certificate, Diploma, PG Diploma and BSc Yoga course students during 2004-05 in the
subject of Scientific Basis of Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
 International CME on Yoga Therapy in the New Millennium. Organised by the Indian
Academy of Yoga, BHU, Varanasi, UP. March 2005.
 National Workshop on Yogic Management of Stress. Organised by Dept of
Physiology, JIPMER, Pondicherry. March, 2005
 National Conference on Yoga and Naturopathy for common man. Organised by the
Indian Yoga Federation, Chandigarh -March 19th and 20th 2005
 2ndInternational Conference, Yoga & Psychotherapy Association of India (YPAI)
organised by Dept. of Human Consciousness and Yogic Science, GK University
Haridwar, November 2005.
 Coordinator and faculty member for the National Workshop on “Pranayama:
techniques, physiological basis and therapeutic potential” organised by the Dept of
Physiology, JIPMER, Pondicherry during the 51st Annual Conference of the
Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India (APPICON December
2005)
 Invited Faculty member and Panelist for the Symposium on “Yoga in contemporary
medicine”. Organised by the Dept of Physiology, JIPMER, Pondicherry during 51 st
Annual Conference of the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India
(APPICON December 2005)
 Invited to present 2 workshops on Meditation at MILAN YOGA FESTIVAL 2007 in
Milan, Italy from 19th to 21st October 2007.
 Invited to present a workshop and talk on YOGA AND MODERN MEDICINE at
LOCARNO HOSPITAL in Switzerland, 23rd Oct 2007.
 Invited to present a talk on YOGA AND MODERN MEDICINE at the INDIAN
EMBASSY -Tagore Cultural Centre in Berlin, Germany on the 25th October 2007.
 National Seminar on Social Relevance of Sanskrit organised by School of Humanities,
Dept. of Sanskrit, Pondicherry University, Feb 2008.
 National Seminar on Yoga for respiratory problems organised by Vallabhai Patel
Chest Institute, University of Delhi, 5th - 6th April 2008.
 Invited to present a daylong workshop at Cornwall on the 7th of September 2008.
 Invited to present a 3- day intensive retreat at South Wales, UK from 12-14 September
2008.
 Invited to present a 3-day Seminar on Pranayama at Monte Verita, Switzerland- Sept
2008.
 Invited to present a talk on Mudras and Pranayama at INDIAN EMBASSY -Tagore
Cultural centre, Berlin, Germany, Sept 2008.
 Invited to present a 3-day Seminar on Hatha Yoga at Finnish Centre, Berlin –Sept
2008.
 Invited to present a two day intensive Seminar on Yantra at the Gitananda Yoga
Society in Berlin -September 2008.
 Invited to present talks, concerts, dance lessons, seminars and classes at the
Gitananda Ashram in Savona, Italy - October 2008.
 National Workshop on “Fitness to combat lifestyle disorders”. Organised by Dept of
Physical Education and Sports, Pondicherry University, Pondicherry. February 2009.
 Invited to present a three day intensive retreat at Geelong, Victoria by Gitananda
Yoga Association of Australia. April 2009
 Invited to present an intensive seminar on YOGA at Augustine Centre in Melbourne
on 16-17th April 2009. Hosted by National Institute of Integrative Medicine &
Vibrational Breath Therapy, Australia.
 Invited to present an intensive workshop for the International Yoga Teachers
Association (IYTA) in Sydney on April 19th 2009.
 Invited to present a three day intensive retreat at Paraparaumu, New Zealand by the
Lotus Yoga Centre. April 22-24th 2009
 Invited to present an intensive workshop for the Gitananda Yoga Centre of Sydney at
YWCA, Sydney on April 26th 2009.
 Invited to present talks, concerts and classes at the Annual Get together of the
Gitananda Yoga Sadhakas at the Gold Coast, Australia from 27th to 30th April 2009.
 Invited to present a three day intensive retreat at Brisbane, Australia -May 2009.
 Invited to present a Seminar on Yoga Therapy at Gitananda Yoga Society, Berlin –Aug
2009.
 Invited to present a 3-day retreat with talks, concerts, dance lessons, seminars and
classes at the Gitananda Ashram in Savona, Italy – August 2009. He was accompanied
by his wife Devasena Bhavanani who conducted classes on Yoga, Samskrit and
Indian Classical Dance. They also gave numerous dance and music performances.
 RESOURCE PERSON for the workshop on YOGA FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT
AND PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT organized by ANANDITA and Gautam
Buddha Health Care Foundation and sponsored by CCRYN, New Delhi at
Pondicherry in January 2010.
 Invited to present a workshop on YOGA FOR TECHNOSTRESS at MDNIY, New
Delhi during the National Yoga Week 2010.
 Invited to present workshop on YOGA FOR NECK PAIN at ACYER, Gujarat
Ayurved Uni, Jamnagar during National Seminar cum Workshop on Yoga for
Geriatric Care. March, 2010.
 Invited to present a three day intensive retreat along with public talks, classes and
workshops at Cape Town in April 2010. Hosted by Anjali School of Yoga, South
Africa.
 Invited to present intensive retreats, workshops, seminars, book presentations and
musical performances in Italy (Milan, Genova, Liverno, and Savona) and Germany
(Berlin) in June-July 2010. Hosted by the Gitananda Ashram and Italian Gitananda
Yoga Federation in Italy and the Gitananda Society In Germany.
 Invited to be MAJOR PRESENTER at the “REUNION IN YOGA”- IYTA WORLD
YOGA CONVENTION held at Sydney, Australia from 16 to 19 September 2010.
 Invited to conduct an Intensive Retreat on “Distress to De-Stress” organized by the
Gitananda Yoga Association at Brisbane, Australia in September 2010.
 Invited to present a talk on “Therapeutic Potential of Yoga” during a CME on
Physiological Benefits of Yoga. Organised by Shri Sathya Sai medical College and
Research institute, Kancheepuram on 17th January 2011.
 RESOURCE PERSON for the Capacity Building Programme for the senior TGT’s in
high schools organised by State Training Centre, Directorate of School Education,
Govt of Pondicherry. 26 & 28- Feb2014.
 Invited as Chairman, Board of Studies in “Anatomy & Physiology of Human Body in
the context of Yoga” to the meeting held at Gordhandas Seksaria College of Yoga and
Cultural Synthesis, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla on 14-15th June 2014. Also chief guest at
the inauguration of the Foundation Course in Yoga and Ayurveda at Kaivalyadhama
on 15th June 2014.
 Resource Person for Capacity Building Workshop at WHO Collaborating Centre
for Traditional Medicine (Yoga), MDNIY, Delhi from 28th - 30th November, 2016.

11. JIPMER CCRYN YOGA PROJECT (2000-04) –4 years- Planned and implemented Practical
Yoga training for more than 250 JIPMER Staff, Students and Patients, 100 Kendriya
Vidyalaya students,160 Pondicherry Police trainees, 150 Pondicherry Police Constables, 110
Tagore Arts College students and 150 Indira Nagar school students

12. ACYTER (JIPMER YOGA PROJECT) – from March 4, 2009 to July 10, 2013.
Yoga Therapy OPD in Super Specialty Block of JIPMER with Yoga therapy consultations
Monday to Friday. Yoga therapy sessions for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases conducted
at ACYTER Yoga Hall. A senior citizen clinic conducted every Thursday. More than 36,000
patients benefited from OPD consultations and therapy sessions. Regular Yoga classes
conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the ACYTER Yoga Hall. More than 3000
persons benefited from these classes.
ACYTER conducted Yoga training for medical students, a mass awareness programme in 48
schools of Puducherry and a National Workshop on “Introducing Yoga in Medical
Curriculum” in March 2009, on “Role of Yoga in prevention and management of hypertension”
in March 2010 and on “Role of Yoga in prevention and management of diabetes mellitus” in
March 2011. Regular academic programmes held and six foreign delegations from Italy,
Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and South Africa visited ACYTER and participated
in activities during 2009-13. Yoga awareness programmes conducted for staff and students of
JIPMER, Government Dental College, Mother Theresa Institute of Health Sciences, Satya Sai
Medical College, MGMCRI, and JIPMER Nursing College. ACYTER also conducted Yoga and
healthy lifestyle consultations for delegates attending Regional Official Language Conference -
South and South Western Zone, at JIPMER in October 2009 and the International Yoga Festival
at Pondicherry in 2010 and 2011. ACYTER also organized a Workshop-cum-Seminar on Yoga
and CAM therapies for HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the Pondicherry AIDS Control Society
in January 2010.

13. CYTER, MGMCRI, SBV– from July 2013 till date.
Yoga Therapy OPD in MGMCRI with Yoga therapy consultations Monday to Friday. More
than 42,000 patients benefited from OPD consultations and therapy sessions. Yoga training
imparted to nursing students of Kasturba Gandhi Nursing College and efforts made to include
Yoga component in the MBBS curriculum and PG Diploma in Yoga Therapy is running
successfully. Regular Yoga awareness programmes are being held in the MRD of MGMCRI
and Yoga consultations given in Master Health Checkup daily. Regular talks are being
conducted as part of Arthritis, Obesity, back pain, diabetes awareness programmes organized
by various departments. Capsule talks and lecture demonstrations have been given during SAF
meetings to create awareness of Yoga and its potential, amongst the faculty and PG students of
SBVU. The CYTER team has also participated in outreach programmes in educational
institutions and other social organizations to create awareness of Yoga and the functioning of
CYTER at SBV. CMEs have been organised on Yoga & Lifestyle Disorders (2013), Sleep,
Consciousness and Meditation (2014), Therapeutic potential of Yoga (2015), Introducing Yoga
in health professions Education (2016) and Yoga in chronic diseases (2017) with more than 250
participants in each event.
The following are some of the recent studies done at CYTER.
1. Immediate effects of suryanamaskar on reaction time and heart rate in female
volunteers.
2. Comparative immediate effect of different yoga asanas on heart rate and blood pressure
in healthy young volunteers.
3. Differential effects of uninostril and alternate nostril pranayamas on cardiovascular
parameters and reaction time.
4. Hematological, biochemical and psychological effects of a yoga training programme in
nursing students. Immediate cardiovascular effects of a single yoga session in different
conditions.
5. Immediate effect of chandra and suryanadi pranayamas on cardiovascular parameters
and reaction time in a geriatric population.
To celebrate the INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA 2015 the Centre for Yoga Therapy,
Education and Research (CYTER) at MGMCRI of the Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth organised a week-
long programme with various multifaceted activities from the 21st to 26th of June 2015. This
included a public awareness programme with free Yoga therapy consultations and lecture-
demonstrations in collaboration with Pondicherry Yogasana Association at MGMCRI City
Centre from 7am to 1.30pm on 21 June. More than 300 participants performed the AYUSH
Common Yoga Protocol and more than 300 members of the public had free Yoga and medical
consultations, health check-up and Yoga therapy awareness sessions were given by eminent
Yoga teachers and therapists of Pondicherry. Yoga awareness programmes were conducted for
more than 600 staff and students of the constituent colleges of SBVU from 22 to 25 June 2015.
National Seminar & CME on “THERAPEUTIC POTENTIAL OF YOGA” was organised
in collaboration with Dept of Physiology at MGMCRI campus on 26 June 2015. Dr Ananda was
organizing secretary of the event.
As per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, the
International Day of Yoga 2016 was celebrated from 19-21 June 2016 at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth
(Deemed University accredited with “A” grade by NAAC), Pondicherry in a grand manner. As
a prelude, CYTER had also organized the SBV YOGA FEST, a two day Yoga and cultural event
for medical, dental and nursing students of SBV on 25-26 May 2016 to create awareness of
Yoga. Multifaceted activities organized by CYTER from 19-21 June included a workshop on
“Silver Yoga” for senior citizens, mass performance of the Common Yoga Protocol, Yogasana
competitions and demonstrations and a National Seminar and CME on “Introducing Yoga in
Health Professions Education”. Dr Ananda was organizing secretary of the event.
International Day of Yoga 2017 was celebrated at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University
accredited with 'A' Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry in a grand manner from 19-23 June 2017.
The weeklong celebrations of IDY 2017 at SBV included local, regional and national events.
Yoga awareness programme on 19 June for 330 faculty and students of MGMCRI, KGNC and
IGIDS along with 30 students and faculty from RGCET. Mass awareness Yoga programme at
Vanidasanar Higher Secondary School in Seliamedu as well as at the RHTC in collaboration
with Community Medicine Dept on 20 June. On 21 June Dr Ananda and the SBV team were
part of the International Day of Yoga celebrations at the Pondicherry Promenade with mass
demonstration of Common Yoga Protocol by nearly 3000 students led by the Chief Minister Sri
V Narayanasamy in presence of the Union Minister of State Sri MJ Akbar. In the evening Dr
Ananda was honoured by the Chief Minister for his services for Yoga in Puducherry. On 22
June CYTER concluded a successful Regional Yoga competition for students of Health
Professions Education institutions in Pondicherry region in association with Pondicherry
Yogasana Association. The final event, the crest jewel was the National Seminar-cum-
Workshop on “Role of Yoga in prevention, management and rehabilitation of chronic diseases”
held on 23 June with lectures, lecture-demonstrations, workshops and panel discussion by
eminent experts. The event was jointly organised by CYTER and the Department of
Physiology with support of Community medicine, Allied Health Sciences and the Faculties of
Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth.

TRADITIONAL YOGA EXPERIENCE:
Dr Ananda has been trained in Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda) Yoga from the tender age
of four when he was nominated as the successor to his father Yogamaharishi Dr Swami
Gitananda Giri at Sri Kambaliswamy Madam. He grew up in a Gurukula atmosphere where
the Yoga Vidya (Knowledge of the Art and Science of Yoga) was imbibed as a 24 hour a day
Sadhana and not just a few classes now and then. He has from that tender age assisted his
parents in the Yoga training imparted at Ananda Ashram, Sri Kambaliswamy Madam and
ICYER.
Yoga for him is not just the performance of a few Asanas or Pranayamas but is a means for
evolution of the human mind in to further states of consciousness and awareness.
He has attended various national and international Yoga Conferences all over the world and
assisted in the conduct of three International Yoga Conferences under the guidance of his
Guru-Parents Dr. Swami Gitananda and Smt Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. He has been a
Featured Speaker and Chairman at many sessions in the 22 International Yoga Festivals
conducted by the Pondicherry Government Tourism Department since 1993. He has had 180
scientific and Yoga papers and 70 abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research published. He has also
scripted and presented 19 DVDs on Yoga and 5 Dance drama productions in addition to 23
books and 25 notes compilations.

EXPERIENCE in YOGA SPORT COMPETITIONS:
1. COORDINATED:
 Yoga Sport Championships in the International Yoga Festivals conducted by the
Pondicherry Government Tourism Directorate from 2001 onwards.
 Pondy State HIMALAYA Yoga Olympiad in October 2001 at ICYER in
collaboration with Vivekananda Kendra Yogas, Bangalore.
 Pondicherry Team to Bangalore for the National HIMALAYA Yoga Olympiad in
November 2001 where Pondicherry team placed a commendable SECOND
OVERALL.
 SWAMI GITANANDA BEST YOGA YOUTH AWARD competitions every year
since 2000.
 17th - 18th Pondicherry State Yogasana Championship in November 2002 and 2003
at ICYER on behalf of Pondicherry Yogasana Association.
 Pondicherry Team to Kovilpatti for the 15th Tamil Nadu State Yogasana
Championship conducted by the Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association and Sports
Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (Tuticorin) on 9th and 10th August 2003.
 Pondicherry Team to Kancheepuram for the 2nd National Open Yogasana
Championship conducted by the Narayana Guru Sevashram under auspices of
Indian Yoga Federation and Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association on 24th and 25th
July 2004.
 19th to 31st Pondicherry State Yoga Sport Championships in 2004-2016 at
Pondicherry on behalf of Pondicherry Yogasana Association.
 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Tamil Nadu State Invitation Yoga Sport Championship in 2004,
2005 , 2006 and 2007 at Pondicherry on behalf of Pondicherry Yogasana Association.
 It is notable that two of his students trained at YOGNAT have won the
CHAMPIONSHIP awards in the Pondicherry Government sponsored
International Yoga Festival in 1999 (M NIRAIMATHI) and 2011 (AS ANIRUDH).
Many others have also won first prizes in the event.
2. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER of the INDIAN YOGA FEDERATION, Kolkata
since 2006 onwards.
3. JURY at numerous National and International Yoga Competitions since 1993. Member,
Executive Committee of INDIAN YOGA FEDERATION and State Coordinator for
HIMALAYA YOGA OLYMPIAD.
4. PARTICIPATED in numerous Yoga Sport events from age of 6 to 15 and won
numerous First Prizes in the Pondy State Yogasana Competitions. Stopped
participating in competitions from the age of 15 as he felt the urge to take up the
responsibility of organizing competitions.

LANGUAGES KNOWN:
 TAMIL (read, write and speak)
 ENGLISH (read, write and speak)
 HINDI (read and speak)
 SANSKRIT (read and write)

CLASSICAL ARTIST:
 MRIDUNGAM (All India Radio Artist Grade “B”)
 CARNATIC VOCAL (Vocalist and Composer)
 BHARATA NATYAM (Performer and Choreographer)
 NATUVANGAM

TITLE AWARDS :
Yogacharya, Palkalai Chemmal, Sagala Kala Vallavan, Isai Sevagan, Puduvai Mannin
Maindhan, Jnana Vruddha, Outstanding Young Person 2002, Yoga Vibhushan, Achiever
Award 2003, Yoga Bishmacharya, Yoga Chakravarthy, Muthaizh Suvaignar, Mattala Vittaga
Mamani, Sevai Thilagam, Shiva Yoga Chudar, Yoga Kalaimamani, Yoga Thilagam, Saivaneri
Isai Chemmal, Sri Aurobindo Award, School Psychology- Best Performance Award 2013 and
2016, Biodiversity Award 2014, Sigaram Award, Bharat Excellence Award, Mahatma Gandhi
Award, Shining Achievers of India 2015 Award, Best Indian Personalities Award 2016 and
‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Yoga’.
PRESENT OCCUPATION :
1. CHAIRMAN
a. International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER), Mettu St,
Chinnamudaliarchavady, Tamil Nadu, India.
b. Yoganjali Natyalayam, 25, Iyyanar Nagar, Pondicherry.
c. Vishwa Yoga Samaj, Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry-9.
2. DIRECTOR: Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research (CYTER) at
MGMC&RI, Pondicherry under auspices of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. Member of the
SBV Academic Council and Research Advisory Boards.
3. ADJUNCT PROFESSOR, Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla from June 2015 onwards.
4. PROGRAMME COORDINATOR: Advanced Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education
and Research (ACYTER), JIPMER, Puducherry from 4th March 2009 to 10th July 2013.
5. GENERAL SECRETARY: Pondicherry Yogasana Association, Pondicherry Music and
Dance Artistes Association
6. SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, Yoga Research Project,
Department of Physiology, JIPMER, Pondicherry - 6. (From 2000 to 2004)
7. MANAGING PARTNER, DHIVYANANDA CREATIONS (Spiritual Publications,
Multimedia Creations and Event Management), Iyyanar Nagar, Puducherry-13.
8. HEREDITARY TRUSTEE and MADATHIPATHI of Sri Kambliswamy
Madam (Samadhi), Thattanchavady, Pondicherry - 9.
9. VICE-PRESIDENT: Yoga Jivana Satsangha (International), Pondicherry
10. REGISTERED MEDICAL DOCTOR (T.N.M.C. No.: 62838)
11. MEDICAL OFFICER: Village Health Programme and Child to Child Health Education
Programme, Auroville Health Centre, Auroville, South India.(From 1999 till June 2008)
12. CONSULTANT YOGA THERAPIST -International Advisory Member International
Association of Yoga Therapists, (IYAT) U.S.A and Australian Association of Yoga
therapists.
13. Honorary President: PONDICHERRY YOGA TEACHERS WELFARE ASSOCIATION
14. PROFESSIONAL CARNATIC VOCALIST AND COMPOSER
15. PROFESSIONAL MRIDUNGIST
16. BHARATA NATYAM CHOREOGRAPHER
17. STAFF ARTIST and contributor, YOGA LIFE, International Monthly Journal of Yoga
Jivana Satsangha (International), Pondicherry, India.
18. EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER of Indian Yoga Federation, Kolkata. 2006-2010.
19. Member, Board of Trustees, Sri Aurobindo Siddha Research Foundation Trust,
Pondicherry-1.
20. HONORARY ADVISOR:
a. International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), U.S.A
b. Gitananda Yoga Societies/ Associations of Australia, USA, Italy, Switzerland,
Germany and UK
c. Sanatana Dharma Sangha, Italy
d. Australian Association of Yoga Therapists, Australia
e. World Yoga Foundation, Kolkota, India
f. Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama, India.
g. Anjali School of Yoga, South Africa
h. Vijeya School of Yoga, Switzerland
i. Centre for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER), Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth, Mahatma Gandhi Medical College & Research Institute,
Pondicherry. 2010-13.
j. Yoga Alliance International, New Delhi
k. Puduchery Yoga and Naturopathy Association, Pondicherry-4
l. Gitanjali Yoga Centre, Vennila Nagar, Pondicherry-8
m. Sadagopan Yoga Centre, Puducherry-4

LIFE MEMBER :
 IMA (Indian Medical Association), New Delhi, India
 IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists) U.S.A
 APPI (Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India)
 Pondicherry Psychology Association, Pondicherry, India
 ABHAI (Association of Bharata Natyam Artists of India), Chennai
 INDIAN ACADEMY OF YOGA, Banaras Hindu University, UP.
LIFE SKETCH OF PALKALAI CHEMMAL
YOGACHARYA DR. ANANDA BALAYOGI BHAVANANI
Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani was born to the world famous Yoga team of
Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj and Puduvai Kalaimamani,
Yogamani, Yogacharini, Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani on April 16, 1972, at Pondicherry,
South India.
He was reared in the 'Gurukula' atmosphere of Ananda Ashram, first at Lawspet and then at
Sri Kambliswamy Madam in Thattanchavady, Pondicherry where the Yoga Vidya
(Knowledge of the Art and Science of Yoga) was imbibed as a 24 hour a day Sadhana and not
just a few classes now and then. Nominated as his Guru Father's successor on his fourth
birthday itself as Madathiapathy of Sri Kambaliswamy Madam (an ancient Samadhi site),
Ananda took great interest in the Hindu Rites and Rituals, Mantra, Yoga and the Carnatic Fine
Arts from a young and tender age. He has been trained in Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda)
Yoga from that tender age. He has assisted his parents in the Yoga training imparted at
Ananda Ashram, Sri Kambaliswamy Madam and ICYER from that time onwards.
He began his studies of classical Carnatic Vocal Music at the age of four years under Puduvai
Kalaimamani Shri V Manikannan performing Vocal Music Arangetram at the age of 12 years
at Marie Hall, Podicherry on August 11, 1984. At the age of seven years he began arduous
training in Carnatic Music under the tutorage of Kalaimamani Srirengam R. Ranganathan of
Pondicherry, one of the most famous Carnatic Vocalists of South India. He continued his
training for twenty years until his Guru’s death in 2002. He has studied Mridungam since the
age of five, beginning with world-famous Master Shri K M Vaidhyanathan in 1977. Later,
Thiruvarur Shri R. Krishnamurthy, one of the most respected classical Mridungists of modern
times, accepted him as a disciple. He completed his Mridungam Arangetram in 1987. He
began the study of Bharata Natyam under his mother Puduvai Kalaimamani Smt Meenakshi
Devi Bhavanani in the Kalakshetra tradition of Rukmani Arundale when he was five years of
age. At the age of eight, world-famous Bharata Natyam master Padmasri Adyar K.
Lakshmanan of Chennai accepted him as a disciple and he performed many performances
under the guidance of Lakshman Sir. For the past decade he has shared a special Manasika
Guru-Sishya relationship with Padma Bhushan Sri TV Sankaranarayanan, one of India’s
greatest vocalists. He treasures all these blessed relations with his illustrious Gurus that the
Divine has bestowed upon him in his artistic evolution.
His initial training in scholastic work was in the Ashram itself and only when he was thirteen
was he sent to Bhavan's Gandhi Vidyashram, Kodaikanal, to do his formal schooling. At
school in addition to his academic proficiency, he was also one of the cricket team's major stars
and the all-round Athletic Champion. At school he was awarded the "K.S. Jayarama Iyer
Award for Best Instrumentalist" for three successive years. In his final year he served as the
School Captain.
He has written a book on Yoga For Children at the age of 12 years itself and has written and
edited 22 other books including ‘Yoga And Modern Man’ that takes a look at various Yogic
concepts with humorous cartoons and line drawings and “A Yogic Approach To Stress” that
deals with the Yogic explanations and management of stress. The 2nd edition of the Stress Book
was released recently. His “A Primer of Yoga Theory” that has also been published in Tamil as
“Yoga Vina Vidai Thoguppu” has become a standard textbook for Yoga Sport events and is
also prescribed in many academic Yoga courses. It is now in its 3rd edition. “Yoga: 1 to 10”
explains numerous concepts of Yoga and Indian Culture through a numerical codification
using the numbers 1 to 10. It has been translated and published in Italian in 2009. He
coauthored a Tamil book on Basic Hatha Yoga Lessons of Gitananda Yoga as well as Yoga for
Weight Loss. In the past few years he has authored, “Yoga for Health and Healing”, “Yoga
for Weight Reduction”, Chakras, Hatha Yoga of the Gitananda Tradition, Meditation the
inner Yoga, Yoga and Wellness, Suryanamaskar and Understanding the Yoga Darshan (an
exploration of the Yoga Sutra of Maharishi Patanjali). He is currently working on a text book
on “Yoga Chikitsa: The Application of Yoga as a Therapy” as well as “Saraswati’s Pearls” a
book on Yoga and Music coauthored with Yogacharini Dr. Sangeeta Laura Biagi of Italy.
He has also edited and revised the new editions of Dr Swami Gitananda Giri’s Correction of
Breathing Disorders through Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga and also Pujya Swamiji’s books on
Mudras, Surya Namaskar and Pranayama in the Gitananda Tradition. He has had 180
scientific and Yoga papers and 70 scientific abstracts on Yoga and Yoga research published
along with 25 notes compilations on Yogic education and therapy.
He has also scripted and presented 19 DVDs on Yoga that are being marketed for a worldwide
audience in different languages by the famous Super Audio Company in Chennai.
He undertook the Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses in Yoga at ICYER under the
guidance of his Guru-father Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri in 1991 and following
this joined medical college in order to combine the best of eastern wisdom with the best of
modern medical science.
During his Medical Studies at J.N.M.C Wardha (Nagpur University), he was the top student in
a class of hundred. He secured Distinction in Surgery and a Gold Medal in Community
Medicine in his final year, topping about 500 students from the five Medical Colleges affiliated
to Nagpur University. He was also the Student Representative at Medical College. Later he
completed his internship at JIPMER Hospital, Pondicherry, India.
He has completed with distinction Post Graduate Diploma in Family Health (PGDFH) from
Sri Ramachandra Medical College (Deemed University), Chennai (2003). He has also
completed a Diploma in Psychological Counseling as well as a Diploma in Stress
Management from the Institute for Health Care Administration, Chennai in 2001 and a
Certificate in Pediatrics from IMA Sinha Institute, New Delhi. He was awarded MD
(Alternative Medicine) by the Indian Council of Alternative Medicines, Kolkata, West Bengal
in 2013.
He was one of the Star performers in the television serial YOGA FOR YOUTH that was first
broadcast over New Delhi Doordarshan in November 1989. This series of twenty-five episodes
is regularly re-broadcast on the National Doordarshan Channel even to date. His musical
concerts and Mridungam have been regularly broadcast over Pondicherry television. He has
presented five Yoga programmes on NDTV in February 2008 with re-broadcasts numerous
times. His Yoga DVDs are regularly played on Shatabdi Express train services and are also
now available through Tata Sky TV network.
He was a performer of Bharata Natyam and has performed all over India and notably at the
ABHAI National Dance Festival in 1992. Following his father's Maha Samadhi on Dec. 29-
1993 he has stopped his dance performances and instead, focused his attention on Dance
Choreography, especially in the rhythmic aspect for Yoganjali Natyalayam. He has helped to
choreograph 16 Major Dance Dramas and 15 Mini Dance Dramas for Yoganjali Natyalayam.
He CO-DIRECTED “Ramavathara” (2003), “Pancha Maha Bhuta” (2004), “Jayadeva’s
Dasavathara” (2005) , “Navagraha Vazhipaadu: A homage to the Navagrahas” (2006), “Karna
Charitram” (2007), “Namashivaya Vazhga”- The story of Thiru Gnana Sambandar (2008),
Panchali Sabadam (2009) , Muruga Muruga (2010), Shakuntala (2011), Thamizh Moothatti
Avvai (2012), Lingasthakam (2013), Pancha Maha Bhuta (2014), Navarasa (2015) and Pancha
Maha Devigal (2016). He has also recently composed the music as well as choreographed four
complete Bharatanatyam Margams (the classical performing repertoire) with more than four
dozen compositions that could be called “Ananda Nartana Margam”
As a Carnatic Vocalist and instrumentalist he has released many albums of which "THE
YOGA OF SOUND" has the unique blend of English lyrics with Carnatic Raga and Tala in an
attempt, to bridge the gap between East and the West. The second Album 'TAMIL INBAM' is
a collection of Tamil Compositions in Carnatic Music. He is a regular performer at
programmes in and around Pondy and has performed at the International Yoga Festival,
Government Music Festival, Millennium Sunrise Festival, Thiagaraja Festival, Puduvai
Tamil Isai Sangam and Eswaran Koil Kumbabhishekam amongst many others in
Pondicherry. He is well known for his spontaneous imagination in the concerts and for his
explanations on the Yogic aspects of Carnatic Music. He has performed innumerable vocal and
instrumental recitals all over India including in Bombay, Dehra Dun, Chennai, Cochin,
Lonavla (Pune), Chidambaram, Bangalore and Pondicherry. It is notable that he has
performed five times in the Isai Vizha (Music Festival) conducted by the Govt of Pondicherry
in 1998, 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2012. He has also performed in Italy, Switzerland, Germany,
UK, South Africa, USA, Australia and New Zealand in recent times.
He has been a featured speaker at many Yoga conferences and is a regular featured speaker at
the International Yoga Festival conducted by the Government of Pondicherry each year in
January since 1993. He has also been the Co-ordinator and Jury at the International Yogasana
Competition held at the International Yoga Festival – Pondicherry annually and is responsible
for organizing the more than 800 contestants who come from all over India to participate. He
has also organised Himalaya Yoga Olympiad in Pondicherry (2001) in his capacity as
Himalaya State Coordinator and led the Pondy team to the National Himalaya Yoga
Olympiad at Bangalore in November 2001.
He is responsible for reviving the Pondicherry Yogasana Association (2000) founded by
Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri in 1975. He is currently the General Secretary of the
Pondicherry Yogasana Association and a member of the Executive Committee of Indian Yoga
Federation, Kolkata. The PYA has been active in conducting Yoga Sport events such 31
Pondicherry State Level Yoga Sport Championships and 17 Swami Gitananda Best Youth and
Child Award Competitions.
It is notable that two of his students trained at YOGNAT have won the CHAMPIONSHIP
awards in the Pondicherry Government sponsored International Yoga Festival in 1999 (M
NIRAIMATHI) and 2011 (AS ANIRUDH).
Yoga for him is not just the performance of a few Asanas or Pranayamas but is a means for
evolution of the human mind in to further states of consciousness and awareness. He has been
instrumental in developing the concept of “Yoga Tableaus” as a performing art and has trained
hundreds of young people in the difficult art of acrobatic Yoga Asanas. The Yoga-Asana
Tableau Concept has been developed by Dr. Ananda a vital tool in inculcating the sense of
“team spirit and mutual cooperation” into youngsters. His pioneering efforts in this field have
been widely applauded. As well, Dr. Ananda has been a pioneer in the revival of the use of the
acrobatic Natya Karanas (difficult, athletic and acrobatic postures of Bharatanatyam) into the
modern dance repertoire. With his finely developed aesthetic sense, he tastefully weaves these
acrobatic poses into his classical dance choreography and productions.
As chairperson of Yoganjali Natyalayam he has coordinated programmes at Bangalore
(sVYASA), Chennai (Arkaya Foundation), Alangudi (Guru Stalam), Kodaikanal (Bhavan’s
Gandhi Vidyashram), Tanjore (Salangai Natham 2004 for the South Zone Cultural Centre) and
Mahe (Varnam 2004 for the Dept of Art and Culture). He also coordinated the Yognat team’s
performance during the Cultural Procession marking the 50th year of Pondicherry
Independence in August 2004. He has also coordinated the spectacular annual day celebrations
of Yognat for the past 20 years along with the annual full length dance dramas productions by
Yognat. He has also coordinated many programmes for the Pondicherry Music and Dance
Artistes Association in the past decade.
Even in his formative years, he attended various Yoga Conferences and seminars at New Delhi,
Bombay, Lonavla, Bhopal, Bangalore, Chennai, Kancheepuram, Madurai and other places
along with his parents. He also assisted in the conduct of three International Yoga Conferences
conducted at Pondicherry by Ananda Ashram under Dr. Swami Gitananda and Smt
Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani and has been ex-officio advisor to the International Yoga Festival
of the Pondicherry Government since 1993.
He has had the good fortune of meeting and receiving the blessings of numerous Great Yoga
Masters such as Swami Chidanada, Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Satchidananada, Swami
Dayananda, Swami Digambarji, Padmabhushan BKS Iyengar, Sri Yogendra Desai, Yogacharya
Sri TKV Desikachar, Sant Keshav Das, Yogi Amrit Desai, Yogic Direndra Brahmachari and Sri
Yogeshwar. He has also been privileged to receive the blessings of eminent Scientist Yogis such
as Shri RR Diwakar, Dr K Arunachalam, Dr B Ramamurthy, Prof TR Anantaraman, Dr W
Selvamurthy, Dr RL Bijlani, Dr Nagendra, Dr Nagaratna, Dr MV Bhole, Dr SV Rao, Dr RP
Pandey, Dr Khapre, Dr SR Joharapurkar and Dr Madanmohan.
As a Mridungist he has accompanied great artists like Padma Bhushan T.V.
Sankaranaarayanan, Kalaimamani Srirengam Ranganathan, Kalaimamani Kulikkarai S.P.
Vishvalingam, Vidushi Radha Kalyanaraman, Kalaimamani S Matangi, Shri B Govindarajan,
Kumbakonam MR Gopinath, Kalaimamani SV Jagadeesan and others on the Mridungam and
is a 'B' Grade Mridangist recognized by All India Radio. He regularly plays for Yoganjali
Natyalayam dance performances. He has played Mridungam for “Sendhen Tamilisai”, a Music
Album by Kalaimamani Pulavar I Pattabiramane in 2002 as well as “Bhakti Mani Mala”, a
music album sung by Smt Jyothirmayi (2003). He has also played Mridungam in the Music
Therapy Albums of Dr Hariharan PhD.
He shares a special relationship with Mutthamizmamani Kalaimamani Pulavar I
PATTABHIRAMAN, the illustrious Tamil Scholar and poet of Pondicherry who has composed
the lyrics for all dance drama of Yognat in the past 25 years. Dr Ananda values this
relationship that has stimulated an inner growth manifesting as a deep love for the Tamil
language and that has motivated his skill in Tamil composition.
He is a life member of INDIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION; ABHAI (Association of Bharata
Natyam Artists of India); Chennai, IAYT (International Association of Yoga Therapists, based
in USA); APPI (Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India), INDIAN
ACADEMY OF YOGA, BHU, Varanasi and the PONDICHERRY PSYCHOLOGY
ASSOCIATION. He is Honorary International Advisor to International Association of Yoga
Therapists (IAYT) in the USA, the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists and on Editorial
Board for Yoga Mimansa journal of Kaivalyadhama, Lonavla, India.
He is Hon Chairman of Sanathana Dharma Sangha, the Hindu Movement in Italy and Europe
as well as more than a hundred Rishiculture Ashtanga (Gitananda) Yoga centres worldwide.
He is Patron of Gitananda Yoga Associations of Australia, Germany, UK, Czech Republic,
North America and Italy.
He has traveled abroad 16 TIMES and given workshops, classes, lectures, performances and
talks in USA (San Francisco and Kripalu in Massachusetts), Canada (Montreal), UK (Cornwall
and Wales), Italy (Rome, Milan, Merano, Liverno, Genova and Savona), Switzerland (Locarno),
Germany (Berlin), Australia (Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast and
Victoria), New Zealand (Wellington, Paraparaumu), South Africa (Cape Town). He was a
featured Guest at the MILAN YOGA FESITVAL 2007 and 2008 and Merano Yoga Festival 2012
where he gave successful workshops and performed concerts of South Indian Music for an
appreciative audience. He was a featured guest presenter at the International Yoga therapy
conference in San Rafael, USA where he lectured and taught in October 2008. He has given
invited talks at the Tagore centre of the Indian Embassy in Berlin in 2007 and 2008. He was
invited guest of the National Institute of Integrative Medicine, Melbourne in April 2009. He has
taught and performed at the GITANANDA ASHRAM in Italy on all his visits to the “Mini
India” created near Savona by Svami Yogananda Giri.
He was invited to be MAJOR PRESENTER at the “REUNION IN YOGA”- IYTA WORLD
YOGA CONVENTION held at Sydney, Australia from 16 to 19 September 2010. Nearly 200
delegates attended the WORLD CONVENTION that was held after a gap of 13 years. It is to be
noted that previous such invitees have been Swami Satyananada Saraswathi, Swami Gitananda
Giri, Swami Satchitananda, BKS Iyengar, Andre Van Lysbeth, Lilias Folan, Howard Kent,
Mansukh Patel and Swami Maheshwarananda. He has conducted successful Yoga workshops
for IYTA in Sydney in 2008 and 2012. He has been invited to be a Keynote Speaker at the
Golden Jubilee 50th anniversary of IYTA to be celebrated in October 2017 at Sydney.
Dr. Ananda is a Senior Lecturer in Mantra, Yantra, Yoga History and Philosophy and Yoga
Physiology and Anatomy for the fully residential Yoga Teachers Training Courses at the
International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) in Kottakuppam, Tamil Nadu.
These full time residential courses, the 6- Month International Yoga Teachers Training Course
and the One Year Yoga Teachers Diploma Courses are well established and presented to an
international professional standard. These courses have been held annually since 1968 and
students from all over the world attend these Yoga Teachers Training courses.
Dr. Ananda is Chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research
(ICYER), the internationally acclaimed Yoga Institute established as “Ananda Ashram” in 1968.
He is Chairman of Yoganjali Natyalayam, a world famous Institute of Yoga, Bharata Natyam,
and Carnatic Music established in Pondicherry in 1993. He is also Director of studies for both
these institutes
He has received the Marudha Ramalinganar OUTSTANDING YOUNG PERSON AWARD
and Rolling Shield for the year 2002 from the Youth Peace Centre, Pondicherry and received
the title award of “Yoga Vibhushan” from Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association and Sports
Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (Tuticorin) in August 2003.
He received the title award of “Yoga Bishmacharya” from the Tirumoolar Yoga and Natural
Diet Trust, Chennai and Tamil Nadu State Yoga Association in November 2004. He has been
honoured with the “Yoga Chakravarthy” title awarded by Gitanjali Yoga Centre in September
2005.Other titles and awards received by him are “Palkalai Chemmal”, “Sagala Kala Vallavan”,
“Isai Sevagan”, “Puduvai Mannin Maindhan”, “Achiever Award 2003”, “Jnana Vruddha”,
“Muthaizh Suvaignar”, “Mattala Vittaga Mamani”, “Sevai Thilagam” ,“Shiva Yoga Chudar”,
“Yoga Kalaimamani”,“Yoga Thilagam”,“ Saivneri Isai Chemmal”, “Sri Aurobindo Award”, “
Palkalaisudar Mamani”, and “Biodiversity Award 2014”. He was awarded the SCHOOL
PSYCHOLOGY: BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD 2013 by Indian School Psychology
Association (InSPA), during 3rd National Conference on School Psychology Services to
Multiple Disabled Children, in November 2013 at NIEPMD, Muttukadu, Tamil Nadu, India.
He was honoured for his Yoga Seva by Kumari Selja Union Minister for Tourism during the
18th international Yoga Festival 2011 in the presence of Sri V Narayanasamy, Union Minister
for Culture, Lt Governor of Pondicherry Dr Iqbal Singh, Chief Minister Sri Vaithiyalingam,
Home Minister Sri Valsaraj, Tourism Minister Sri Malladi Krishna Roa and Social Welfare
Minster Sri Kandasamy. He was also awarded the “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD IN
FIELD OF YOGA” on January 7th 2011 by Department of Tourism, Govt of Pondicherry during
the 18th International Yoga Festival. He was nominated by Pondicherry Govt Department of
Art and Culture to the Governing Body of the South Zone Cultural Centre, Tanjavur under
Ministry of Culture, Govt of India in 2013.
He worked for four years from 2000 to 2004 as a SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW in the Yoga
Research Project conducted by Department of Physiology, JIPMER under auspices of Union
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as well as Ministry of Defense, Govt. of India, New
Delhi. He involved in various research studies at JIPMER and published numerous scientific
papers on these findings.
He worked as MEDICAL OFFICER in the Village Health Programme and the Child to Child
Health Education Programme run by the AUROVILLE HEALTH CENTRE in the
International Township of Auroville, Tamil Nadu from 1999 to 2000 and 2004 to 2008.
He worked as PROGRAMME COORDINATOR in the Advanced Centre for Yoga Therapy,
Education and Research (ACYTER), JIPMER, Puducherry from March 2009 to July 2013. Many
research studies were completed and scientific papers published from this centre established
by a MOU between JIPMER and MDNIY in June 2008. The centre focused on the role of Yoga
in the prevention and management of cardiovascular disorders and diabetes mellitus and
36,000 patients benefited from Yoga therapy consultations and practical sessions. The centre
also popularized the science of Yoga among medical professionals and general public and
conducted three national workshops on Yoga in medical education, Yoga and hypertension,
Yoga and diabetes as well as workshops on Yoga and HIV etc with excellent response from all
over the country.
Dr Ananda is currently DIRECTOR of the Centre for Yoga Therapy Education and Research
(CYTER), MGMC&RI, Pondicherry under auspices of Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth. More than
42000 patients have benefited from Yoga therapy at this centre and 70 papers and 25 abstracts
published along with the conduct of five successful National CMEs on “Yoga and lifestyle
disorders” in 2013, “Sleep, consciousness and meditation: neurological correlates” in 2014,
“Therapeutic Potential of Yoga” in 2015, “Integrating Yoga in Health Professions Education” in
2016, “Role of Yoga in Chronic Diseases” in 2017, as well as
International Symposiums on “Yoga and Wellbeing” in 2016 and “ Yoga Therapy” in 2017. He
is extremely proud of his illustrious and dear student Yoga Chemmal Dr Meena Ramanathan
who is working as Coordinator and Yoga Therapy Consultant for this centre that is serving
thousands through Yoga.
He finds pride of place in many reference biographies such as Reference Asia, Emerald Who’s
Who in Asia, Biography, Asia Pacific Who’s Who, Famous India: Nation’s Who’s Who, Asia:
Men & Women of Achievement, Kohinoor Personalities, Asian Admirable Achievers And
Asian American Who’s Who. He has received the Best Personalities of India Award and
Shining Achievers of India Award from Friendship Forum, New Delhi in 2015 and 16 for his
excellent contribution towards welfare of people.
He was recognized as PhD Guide (Yoga Therapy and Inter Disciplinary Research) by Sri Balaji
Vidyapeeth, Pondicherry in August 2016 and was the first Indian to be recognized as IAYT
Certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA in
September 2016. He was honored with the InSPA PK Subbaraja Trust Best Performance Award
by the CM of Puducherry Sri V Narayanasamy during 6th InSPA International Conference and
3rd International Conference of the Department of Applied Psychology of Pondicherry
University at Convention Centre of the Pondicherry University on 13 Oct 2016.
In recent years he has travelled abroad 16 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 (www.iayt.org), the
Australasian Association of Yoga Therapists (www.yogatherapy.org.au), the World Yoga
Foundation (www.worldyogafoundation.in) and Gitananda Yoga Associations worldwide
(www.rishiculture.org).
He is currently Member of the National Board for Yoga and Naturopathy of AYUSH, Scientific
Advisory Committee of the CCRYN, Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India as well as the Expert
Committee of AYUSH for Celebration of International Yoga Day and the Yoga & Diabetes
program. He is also member of the Executive Council of the Indian Yoga Association
(www.yogaiya.in) and Board of Directors of the Council for Yoga Accreditation International
(www.cyai.org) as well as Technical Committee member of QCI Yoga Schemes.
He is happily married to Yogacharini Devasena Bhavanani who has a Masters degree in
Sanskrit in addition to being an eminent Yoga Expert, Carnatic Vocalist and Bharatanatyam
Dancer, teacher and choreographer. They have a talented daughter Dhivya Priya Bhavanani
and son Anandraj Bhavanani.