Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani is a postgraduate doctor, teacher of ashtangayoga, yoga therapist, researcher of the effects of yogic practices on the human constitution, bharathanatya dancer, classical singer, mrudanga player, and above all, a proud son following the footsteps of his great parents, Dr. Swami Geethananda Giri and Yogacharinee Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani. Dr. Ananda is currently the chairman of the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research at Ananda Ashram, Pondicherry, India (www.icyer.com). He is also the chairman of Yoganjali Natyalayam, the premier institute of Yoga and Carnatic Music and Bharatanatyam, which was established in Pondicherry in 1993 (www.rishiculture.org). In addition, Dr. Ananda is the Deputy Director of the Center for Yoga Therapy, Education and Research (CYTER) at MGMCRI, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth University, Pondicherry.
Dr. Ananda holds the following educational qualifications: MBBS, ADY, DSM, DPC, PGDFH, PGDY, FIAY, MD (AM). He has written many books and has presented many DVDs on yoga, and in addition, has written more than a hundred research articles on yogic practices, and has given many interviews all over the world. It was his gesture of kindness that he provided me with the blanket permission to use his articles and videos in our website. A video of his latest interview is available here. Some of his prominent articles are available for download in the Publications tab, on this website.
Aravinda K. 05.06.2016
Interview with Sri Kapardhi Siddhalinga Shivayogi
Sri Kapardhi Siddhalinga Shivayogi is living in Yogavana hills, a small ashram situated off Kanakapura Road, about 30 KM from Bengaluru. He has been staying there since 1995 and has been spearheading the cause of educating the people on herbal medication and its benefits to humankind. He has a small hospital in which there is a rare stock of herbal medicines for many common as well as chronic diseases. Many of the formulations are his own, which he has learnt by the lineage of gurus. To mention some of the medicines: Shuddha shoucha, Keshavardhaka thaila, Soundaryavardhini thaila, Lakwa thaila, Maladwara thaila, Danthadhavana choorna, Shakthi choorna, eye drops, ear drops, nasal drops, and so on. He has a special formulation of herbs called Sarasa Kashaya, whose intake is highly useful for blood purification, and for eradicating the skin diseases and allergies.
To promote healthy living, Swamiji conducts workshops of one-day duration at Yogavana Hills, in which he imparts the knowledge of self-healing, naturopathy and meditation, and the additional simple methods by means of which one can lead a disease-free and happy life. A video of his interview in Kannada is available here.
Aravinda K. 24.08.2016
Yogacharya Aravinda Koithyar on "Living Yoga" during SBV IDY 2017
The International Day of Yoga 2017 was celebrated at Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (Deemed University accredited with 'A' Grade by NAAC), Pondicherry, from 19-23 June 2017, as per guidelines issued by UGC and Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. On the final day of June 23, National Seminar-cum-Workshop on “Role of Yoga in prevention, management and rehabilitation of chronic diseases” was held, with lectures, demonstrations, workshops and panel discussion by eminent experts. During the inaugural session, Yogacharya Aravinda Koithyar, of Shreyas Centre for Yoga, Bangalore, presented an invited talk on Yogic lifestyle.
Yogamaharshi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj
Yogamaharshi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj describes the unbroken lineage of Rishiculture Yoga, in this video at Sri Kambaliswamy Madam, Pondicherry, India. This video is an archival footage from 1984, and the video recording courtesy is from his illustrious student, Yogiraj Arunanatha Giri of South America. Vande Guru Paramparam.
Introduction to yoga by Aravinda K
A speech by Anandatheertha on Brahmasoothra
My friend and ex-colleague Mr. Anandteerth S. Mathad is currently working as Assistant Professor at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bengaluru, and in addition, is involved in the teachings of Indology, in his spiritual school called as “PATHASHALA”. Every weekend, he spends quality time along with his team, teaching and learning Indian history, philosophy and culture. They together perform bhajans and classical music sessions, being aimed at bringing out the true essence of devotion, by means of Bhakthi-sangeetha. The main holy scriptures being studied in the school are – Bhagavadgeetha, Brahmasoothra, Ten Principal Upanishads, Bhashyas on Brahmasoothra (Shankara, Ramanuja and Madhwa), Moola Ramayana, and in addition, Sthothras from various sources.
Mr. Anandteerth S. Mathad has been studying Madhwa and other philosophies formally since last 13 years. His initial spiritual studies started right from childhood, and happened under the guidance of his father Shri Pandith Srinivasacharya S. Mathad. Later on, Kavya and Sahithya adhyayana was under the guidance of Shri Pandith Pradyumnachar D. Pujar, and the core vedanthic and social adhyayana happened under the guidance of Shri Pandith Madhwacharya Mokhashi, at Sarvajna Vihara Vidyapeetha, Vijayapura.
He visited our centre on 22.02.2015, and delivered a beautiful talk on “Introduction to Brahmasoothra” in Kannada. The audio version of my friend’s talk on Brahmasoothra is available here.
Aravinda K. 29.06.2016
1 FM rainbow talks (Soukhyasoothra)
1.1. FM rainbow talk - 19.06.2019 (Soukhyasoothra)
1.2. FM rainbow talk - 17.04.2019 (Soukhyasoothra)
Veenaji's talk - 07.07.2019
Shreemathi Veena Nagaraja is an excellent Samskrtha teacher. She is also a narrator as well as orator of spiritual texts and Holy Scriptures. She holds a postgraduate degree (M. A. in Economics), and is certified as “Hindi Visharada”. In addition, she has the certifications of Samskrtha examinations that are conducted by “Surasaraswathee sabha”, Shrngeri. Further, she possesses the skills of singing classical music and playing Veena.
During her school and college days, she had participated in Kannada, Hindi and English elocution competitions, and had secured prizes and gold medals. She had also served as “Bouddhikha pramukha” in Rashtreeya Sevika Samithi, Bhadravathi. Later on, she has served as Samskrtha teacher in “Sandeepanee sadhanalaya”, Chinmaya mission, Povai, Mumbai, under the guidance of Revered Swami Chidanandaji. She has also served as Samskrtha lecturer for two years at M. S. Ramaiah Degree College, Bengaluru.
Beyond all these achievements, Shreemathi Veena Nagaraja has acted as a narrator for more than 30 years, for the Gamaka rendering of her father “Karnataka kalashri” Gamaka vidwan Shree K. L. Narayanaswamy. In 1988, along with her father, she had narrated “Shree Shankara vijaya” at Shrngeri mutt, in front of the two holy pontiffs (Shree shree shree Abhinava Vidyatheertha and Shree shree shree Bharatheetheertha), and had obtained their blessings. She has given “Vanitha vihara” program on Bengaluru and Mumbai Radio stations.
She has conducted Samskrtha and Bhagavadgeetha classes of Bharatheeya Vidya Bhavan (Mumbai), at “Shree Saraswathee samskrtha vidyalaya”, Shree Kashi mutt, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. At “Himanshu Jyothi kalapeetha”, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, she has successfully completed the classes of Shree Lalitha sahasranama and Shree Vishnu sahasranama.
The book which she had written on the life of her father, “Narayanaswamiyavara baduku-baraha”, was released at “Gandhi sahithya sangha”, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru, and the book was appreciated by the public. She has composed many spiritual poems in Samskrtha and Kannada. Out of them, 90 devotional poems have been published in the form of a book called “Divya mangala krthigalu”, and along with music composition, a CD called “Lasyalahari” has been released.
She continues her work of giving narrations as well as speeches on many spiritual poems as well as texts, at various spiritual centers of Bengaluru. At present, she is regularly delivering lectures on spiritual topics at “Adhyathma Prakasha Karyalaya”, Thyagarajanagar, Bengaluru. She is also delivering lectures on “Mankuthimmana Kagga”, at Gandhi sahithya sangha, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. She continues her classes on Shree Lalitha sahasranama and Shree Vishnu sahasranama at “Himanshu Jyothi kalapeetha”, Malleshwaram, Bengaluru.
She visited our centre on 07.07.2019, and delivered a beautiful talk on “The necessity of spirituality and the necessity of learning Samskrtha language” in Kannada. The audio version of my teacher’s talk on Samskrtha is available here.