Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, the Founder and Director of Anahata Yoga was born to India's famous Yoga Guru, Dr. Asana Andiappan. He started learning Yoga from his Father and Guru at the age of two. By the age of thirty, Yogananth is well qualified in the field of Yoga having completed two diplomas (Yoga and Naturopathy, Yogic Science and Education), a Bachelor and Master of Science in Yoga and Naturopathy from Manonmanian Sundaranar University in Chennai, India. He has recently completed his Ph.D (Yoga Therapy) on the effect of yoga therapy on cancer patients with the Physical Education and Sports University in India.
He not only has won many State, National and International Titles in Yoga Championships but has also given workshops, demonstrations and conducts Teacher Training across different countries including Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia and France.
He is also appointed as the 'honorary professor' at Zhangzhou University in China.
His contribution in the field of yoga from the very young age was appreciated by two presidents of India. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam and Smt.Pratibha Devisingh Patil.
Yogananth specializes in Thirumoolar's Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga. His passion and mission in life is to spread the benefits of Yoga to all those who are interested and open to its philosophy. In addition, he wishes to continue his research on the countless Asanas and its benefit. Yogananth published a high quality coffee table yoga book called 'Yoga from the Heart', and has launched a few best selling yoga DVDs for home practice.
Lakshmi Andiappan is a fully qualified medical as well as a Yoga Therapy practitioner. She has been practicing yoga from the young age of two under the eagle eyed tutelage of her Father and Guru Dr. Asana Andiappan, a pioneer of Yoga Therapy and Thirumoolar’s Ashtanga Yoga in India. Beyond her medical qualification, Lakshmi has a Master degree in Yogic Science and is currently pursuing her Ph.D in Yoga Therapy.
Lakshmi is the Chief Yoga Therapist at the Dr. Asana Andiappan College of Yoga ad Research Center in Chennai. She is a well known Pre-natal Yoga Specialist in the State of Tamil Nadu India. Lakshmi has won many awards in Yoga from district, state and international level.
Today, Lakshmi presents in various conferences on various topics including yoga therapy for different ailments such as obesity, heart conditions, and most recently, yoga for pregnancy complications. She is also on the expert panel of Asana - an International Yoga Journal. She is keen to combine her medical knowledge with her yoga practice in order to share her learning and experience with her yoga students.
Master Kamal comes from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He is exposed to various yoga practices since his childhood. To deepen his knowledge in the field of yoga, he has travelled extensively in India to learn from various schools and studied under many yoga gurus in India.
His yoga qualifications include a post graduate and a Masters in Yogic Science. He is also a skilful marathon racer, swimmer and a silambam (Indian Martial Art) expert. He has over 8 years experience in teaching Ashtanga Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation and rehabilitative yoga.
Master Vishnu is a qualified Ayurveda and Yoga Therapist who hails from a traditional Indian family near Tirupathi, the holy city. He holds Master of Yogic science and master of philosophy in yogic science and currently pursuing his Ph.D in yoga.
He has worked as a chief Yoga Therapist at Asana Andiappan Yoga College, Chennai, South India for over 8 years and has done extensive research work in Hatha Yoga and Ayurvedic Science. Besides his Professional Yoga Degrees, he is also MBA graduate in health care management. He has received a Yogaacharya Award from the Chief Justice of Madras High Court in 2010 for his contribution in Yoga Theoretical Excellence and Ayurveda propagation in India and abroad.
He has mastered his Hatha Yoga Practice and Yoga Therapy under the direct guidance of the legendary Guru Dr.Asana Andiappan for over 15 years. He has learned Babaji's Kriya Hatha yoga and Ayurveda Marma Sashtra since his young age from his grandfather who hails from a traditional Ayurveda Varma family. Though all of his brothers and sisters are modern medical doctors, he has decided to dedicate his life to do extensive research in Indian yogic science and medicine. Some of his teaching style includes Yoga Therapy is based on Ayurvedic Tridoshas Imbalances in the body.
He also teaches tailor made yoga programs for corporate executives and traditional yoga classes such as Hatha Yoga, Pranayama and Meditation, Postural Alignments in Yoga Therapy. He conducts his classes in a very detailed oriented and full of knowledge and self research.
"Yoga helps maintain fitness, improves one's health, and enables the body to open up slowly and safely," says Anurag, a fitness buff inspired to incorporate the practice of yoga into his health-conscious lifestyle.
However, there is more to the athletic yoga instructor of ten years than a priority for physical fitness.
Anurag was initiated into Jigyasu Sanyasa by Guru Niranjanananda Saraswati, successor of Swami Satyananda Sarswati and head of Bihar Yoga Bharati (Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Science), the world's first and only university of yogic science. There he obtained his certificate in Yogic Studies and received the spiritual title 'Sanat Kumar.' He then worked as a yoga instructor in Solace, a health and fitness centre in Kolkata, India; then served for a time as the main yoga consultant for Mr. R.P. Goenka, a member of Indian Parliament as well as Chairman of RPG Enterprise, one of India's largest business conglomerates.
Anurag is also well-versed in several yoga teaching styles thanks to various trainings, including Victor Chng's Asia Yin Yoga Teacher Training and Baron Baptiste's Power Yoga Training. Anurag brings a strong sense of body awareness to his classes as well as a thorough understanding of rhythm and movement, imparting to his students the rudiments of maintaining one's fitness, the benefits it reaps for one's health, and the central balance they can attain by combining it all with yoga.
The son of an Indian army Colonel and born in Dehradun, India, Guruprit Singh graduated from Calcutta University with a Major in Commerce. Throughout his life he has been naturally inclined towards spirituality and his studies in palmistry and psychology have given him the extraordinary capacity to predict the future course in the life of an individual.
He originally learned Astanga Yoga (Patanjali's eight limbs of Yoga) from his father in 1976 and has been practicing daily ever since. In the mid 1980's he began teaching and practicing with his friends and colleagues in India. With some encouragement and a heartfelt desire to share with others "the simple, practical way to good health that I have found with the practice of Yoga", in 2001 he gave up the corporate world to start teaching Yoga professionally. He currently teaches the eight limbs of Yoga based on the Patanjali's Yoga techniques, which include a vigorous and energizing type of Hatha Yoga with proper breathing and meditation.
When asked about his attitude towards teaching, Guruprit says, "Practice of asanas without the backing of yama and niyama is mere acrobatics. It is important to me that my students should adopt a correct and safe technique in mastering the postures. I am delighted when they find my class interesting and want to know more." He sincerely hopes that all people can be healthy (spiritually, mentally and physically) by taking advantage of this ancient system.
Guruprit teaches Yoga Balance, Hatha Yoga and Patanjali Yoga.
Yoko Kikuchi moved from Tokyo, Japan to Hong Kong in 1999. She has always been in sport, particularly in golf, tennis, and jogging.
It was in 2009 that Yoko doing yoga as a form of muscle training in preparation for a full marathon - a venture that led her to discover the perfect solution to strengthening herself both physically and spiritually.
Today, yoga has become part of Yoko's life: she practices an average of 2 to 3 hours a day, has accomplished the 200 Hours Yoga Teacher Training Certificate Course accredited by India's Tami Nadu Physical Sport University, as well as Master Yogananth Andiappan's 300 Hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. Recently, she joined her yoga teachers, Master Kumaran and Anurag - from whom she has learned greatly and drawn a great deal of inspiration - as an instructor at Anahata Yoga.
Master Mahesh is the grandson of Guruji Andiappan, He was born into a family of yoga masters and started his yoga journey at the very young age of 4. He has trained under the tutelage of Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan and Guruma Sugatha Kumari Andiappan.
He has completed his Diploma and Bachelors in Yoga and Naturopathy and currently studying Masters in Yogic Science at Manonmaniam Sundaranar University in Chennai.
He has won numerous awards in state and national level Yoga competitions. Mahesh has travelled extensively all throughout various parts of India, Hong Kong and trained yoga students of various backgrounds such as law enforcement personals, judicial academy, staff training college of various banks staff .
He has also conducted yoga theory and practical classes for the teacher training students at Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre, Chennai.,
Mahesh specializes in Hatha Yoga, Thirumoolar's Ashtanga Yoga and Yoga Therapy for special needs and ailments.
Louise is an advanced Hatha Yoga practitioner, having 500 hours of training from the International Yoga Academy (IYA), with Master Yogananth Andiappan as her main teacher. A teacher under Yoga Alliance and IYA, Louise is also the project leader of the Andiappan Yoga Community’s yoga program for overseas workers, organizing and teaching free yoga classes to more than 150 domestic helpers every Saturday and Sunday with a strong team of fellow volunteer teachers.
Louise is constantly amazed at how the human body works especially during a yoga practice, and based on her own experiences, she believes that yoga is for every body, regardless of age, body type, gender, and personal background. Greatly influenced by the teachings of Guruji BKS Iyengar and the Mahabharata, Louise believes that her dharma or life purpose is to promote self-love, share her knowledge and influence more people to practice yoga and enjoy its benefits.
Aside from Hatha Yoga, Louise also teaches restorative classes such as relaxation and de-stress, and other practices like Hatha Flow and power yoga.
Louise is a regular contributor of yoga articles to the Asana International Yoga Journal, breaking down asanas/poses into an accessible step-by-step tutorial.
Nirmal first learned yoga at a young age of five from his Father, Shri. Dr. B. S Sewda who has learnt yoga from India's well renowned yoga guru Swamy Dhirendra Brahmachari.
Nirmal is highly qualified in the field of yoga. He has completed his Masters in Yogic Science from Dr. Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga from the Gandhi National Academy of Naturopathy, New Delhi and holds a P.G. Diploma in Yoga Education from the University of Rajasthan. He is also experienced in Su-Jok Therapy in India and a qualified Naturopath and Pranic healer. Nirmal has taught yoga to boy scouts, Indian army cadets, orphans and old people in old age homes as a social service and has received a president award in Bharat.
Nirmal is knowledgeable with over a decade’s experience in teaching different styles of yoga including Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Iyengar Yoga to students of various level. He is the founder and director of Yoga Power house at Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Master Rajesh has been practicing yoga since 1990. He is a professionally qualified and experienced instructor, who was inspired by various yoga Gurus in India. Rajesh has acquired his Diploma, Post Graduate and Master Degree in Yogic Science at Pondicherry University India. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D at Karpagam University in Tamil Nadu.
Rajesh has over fifteen years experience in the yoga field starting with working as a Yoga Therapist in various health centers and Universities. His classes are unique with individual attention on each person's specific needs. These include stress management, weight control as well as specific goals such as inversions, arm balance and back bends.
He encourages his students to work with their physical and mental limitations through his customized sequences, alignments and hands on direction. This enable his students to gain deeper understanding of yogic techniques in their own practice and an ability to explore and rediscover one's natural strength, endurance, and range of motion.
Rajesh is a versatile teacher in various styles and levels of yoga such as Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Core Yoga , Sun Vinyasa , Yoga for Weight Loss and Pranayama Meditation.
Before Kristy found her real passion in yoga, she practiced as a commercial architect in Hong Kong. Yoga not only relieved her chronic back pain, it helped her find strength and balance for the body and mind. The rest is history and she hasn't looked back since. She now makes her yoga practice her life journey. She shares her passion with everybody because she believes yoga connects us all. Through teaching yoga, she continues to grow her practice and learn a deeper knowledge of yoga.
She completed her 500 hours teacher training with the International Yoga Academy (IYA) under the guidance of Master Yogananth Andiappan. In 2016, she continued her training in Chennai, India and got her certificate in Yoga Therapy at the Asana Andiappan Yoga College.
Kristy is currently assistant coordinator for the Andiappan Yoga Community and remains an active volunteer in the community's yoga program for overseas workers and low income families. She now joins her mentor master Yogananth as an instructor at Anahata Yoga.