Located near the coast in the beautiful and culturally diverse Pondicherry, we are the International Centre for Yoga Education and Research. Educating people from all social levels from all over the world in the joys of yoga, dance, and spirituality.
Our founder, Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, was a man who traveled the world spreading the wisdom of yoga and awakening countless souls as he went. One of the most influential and potent yogis of his time, Swami was a master in both Allopathy and the Vedic arts. His ability to explain spirituality and the teachings of the Rishis in a clear, logistical, and rational way was what attracted so many people to his teachings. Since achieving Maha-Samadhi in 1993, his son Yogacharya Dr Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and his wife Yogacharini, Kalimamani Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani are now running, teaching, and heading all affairs at ICYER.
Our main Yoga course available is our 6 month residential teacher training program, which has been running annually since 1968. The program is completely comprehensive and covers a vast amount of knowledge during the 6 months including about 1,400 hours of practice. Over 375 Asanas, Mudras, and Kriyas are covered, and 40 pranayama techniques, yogic fasting, diet, and yoga therapy are all included in the training. A special additional 6 months advanced teachers training course is offered for those who have completed the first 6 months.All participants in the training program must commit to both vegetarianism and celibacy for the duration of the course. The course is offered from October to March every year.
We also offer correspondence courses for those who wish to learn more about Swami's teachings and courses in Yantra. We are also proud to be an educational center in Hindu cultural arts and often host classes and events in song, dance, and theater.
For more information about any of our programs or to apply for our teacher training course, please contact us directly.