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The International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER) is dedicated to propagate the ancient Indian Science and Art of Yoga.
Category: Yoga Teacher, Yoga Studio/Center, Yoga School/Institute, Ashram, Correspondence/Home Study
Full Address: ., Pondicherry, India,
Geographical Area: Asia
Phone: 1 Fax:

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The ICYER is located at Ananda Ashram, a two-acre site that contains a building that partially serves as a hostel for students and partially as room for the organization's facilities. Being located 5 kilometers from downtown Pondicherry (South-India), Ananda Ashram is a place with many qualities. Just to name a few:

Peace: apart from two little dogs fighting, Ananda Ashram is a place to calm the mind and relax the body.

Beach: located only 40 meters away from the Bay of Bengal, Ananda Ashram has a strong affinity to the ocean and ICYER students enjoy the beach, the sun and the water.

Beauty: There are magnificent animals and flowers to be found at the Ashram's courtyard and backyard. Two gardeners watch over the plants.

Concentration: Ananda Ashram is perfect to study the teachings of Swami Gitananda Giri. People come there to learn about themselves and to concentrate on Yoga.

The ICYER, its staff and members are engaged in a large variety of activities. This is an extract:

Teachings: The ICYER conducts a multitude of national and international Yoga Courses and cultural classes: There is the Correspondence Course, the international Yoga Teacher Training (now for over 30 years!), Bharatanatyam lessons, short courses for tourist, etc. An overview will soon be online.

Cultural Performances: Especially with the community centers of Yoganjali Natyalayam, the ICYER has brought forward outstanding artists in the fields of classical South-Indian Dance and music (Bharat Natyam and Carnatic Music). With their performances these artists are the preservers of the Yoga Culture.

Publications: currently there are about 30 books and 15 DVDs mostly written by Swami Gitananda Giri available from the ICYER. Among them is the famous "Yoga Step-by-Step", a 52-lesson Correspondence Course in Yoga.

The ICYER also publishes a monthly International journal "Yoga Life". For Subscription please contact the ICYER.

Its Structure
The ICYER is the umbrella organization for a group of sub-organizations that represent the institution in different fields:

Yoganjali Natyalayam: Founded in 1993, this is the community center of the ICYER with two locations in Pondicherry, where Yoga and classical South Indian arts are taught to the local people. Yoganjali Natyalayam has an outstanding reputation allover South India.

Yoga Jivana Satsangha (International): Founded in 1950, it is the parent organization for 120 Centers of Gitananda Yoga in 22 countries.

Satya Press: this is the publishing organization responsible for the books published by the ICYER as well as the monthly journal "Yoga Life"

The ICYER is directed by Yogarcharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani, the wife and chief disciple of Shri Swami Gitananda and Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani, Swami Gitananda's son who is a a well trained and experienced medical doctor (see pictures to the right).
Swami Gitananda Giri
Yoga Styles
Bhakti Yoga, Classical Yoga, Japa Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Laya Yoga, Mudra Yoga, Patanjali Ashtanga Yoga, Raja Yoga, Tantric Yoga, Yantra Yoga, Gitananda Yoga, Other, Pranayama, Yoga Therapy, Meditation, Mantra Chanting, Yoga Philosophy/Theory, Bhajans/Singing, Seva

Class Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

ICYER, Pondicherry, India

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