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.
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.
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 Sports University, as well as Master Yogananth Andiappan's 300 Hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. Yoko is passionate and caring in her teaching, no matter what shape and state you are at, everyone walks out of her class with a refreshing body and mind.
Edith was raised in NYC and came to HK after her studies. She attended her first yoga class 11 years ago and immediately felt the physical and mental benefits. It was not until she found herself overwhelmed by the stress of running her own business and balancing home life, that she decided to consistently practice yoga. With a regular practice, she began to notice changes in her physical, emotional and spiritual bodies. She left her business in 2009 and completed her 200 Hours Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2010. She further continued her yogic studies and accomplished her 300 Hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Master Yogananth Andiappan.
Edith is grateful to learn under Master Yogananth Andiappan and the expert team of teachers in Anahata Yoga. Yoga has taught her to garner a new-found connection between her mind and her body, beyond what she thought was imaginable. Edith is passionate to share her yoga experience, and to help others feel the significant physical and mental benefits that yoga has provided for her.
Edith is also a volunteer member of Yogananth Andiappan Community and currently teaches at Changing Young lives foundation.
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.
Coming from a family of Yoga Teachers, yoga has always been a part of Master Dhiraj's life. Dhiraj has studied from various renowned yoga teachers including Guru Swami Harshananda and Dr. Abodh as well as Gurus from various yoga traditions since childhood. He has completed his Master's Degree in Yoga and Meditation from JVBI Ladnun Rajasthan, India. With over 18 years of yoga teaching experience, he has given yoga classes for multinational corporations in India such as Sony, Vodafone, Panasonic, Ray-Ban. He has also conducted two scientific research studies on the effects of yoga on middle-level school students sponsored by NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) New Delhi.
Master Dhirai's classes are a unique blend of various types of yoga such as Raja Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga and Gyana Yoga which aim to attain a perfect balance and harmony between the body and the mind. His classes are suitable for beginners to the experienced practitioners.
Master Dhiraj teaches Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Destress Yoga, Pranayama Meditation, and Kids Yoga.
Master Raja has studied yoga for over 10 years under the direct supervision of Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan. He is a professionally qualified and experienced instructor and has acquired his Diploma, Post Graduate and Master Degree in Yogic Science at Tamil Nadu physical education and sports university in India.
Master Raja has years of teaching experience in the yoga field starting with working as a Yoga master at Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre. His classes are unique with individual attention on each persons specific needs.
These include stress management, weight control as well as specific goals such as inversions, arm balance, and backbends.
He encourages his students to work with their physical and mental limitations through his customized sequences, alignments, and hands-on direction. This enables his students to gain a 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.
Master Raja is a versatile teacher in various styles and levels of yoga such as Hatha Yoga, Andiappan Yoga, Core Yoga, Yoga Balance, Slimming Yoga, Yoga Therapy and Pranayama Meditation.
"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, the successor of Swami Satyananda Saraswati 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 training, 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.
Anuja has been practicing yoga at a very young age. Inspired by her mother she started doing Yoga at the age of 15. She has always used Yoga as a way to balance her body, mind, and soul. She also always felt that Yoga was a great form of exercise. She decided a few years ago to change her passion for Yoga into something that she could share with others and took up training in becoming a Yoga teacher.
She has completed 200 hours of Hatha Yoga teacher training course and 300 hours of advanced Hatha Yoga teacher training with the International Yoga Academy with Master Yogananth Andiappan as her main teacher. Anuja is also an active member of Andiappan yoga community a non-profit, a volunteer-run organization whose mission is to share Yoga with those who may not be able to afford Yoga classes or those with special needs. She has also been teaching Yoga privately with now a passionate and active group of students who have credited her teaching style.
Anuja is an active mother of two has always believed that Yoga has helped her maintain calm and balance in an otherwise very hectic and fast-paced life in a big city like Hong Kong. I believe yoga strengthens, it centers and makes you stretch your abilities. It is food for both body and soul and she truly believes that it is something that can help anyone that goes into it with an open mind.
Dilip comes from Kerala in Southern India Born into a renowned family of Ayurvedic physicians (traditional Indian medical system) and yoga masters, he started the practice of Yoga, Ayurveda and Martial Arts (Kalaripayat – the ancient Keralan art of healing and self-defense) from the age of 8 and has been teaching in Hong Kong since 2005.
While teaching and conducting yoga and naturopathy camps and awareness programs in South India, he gained extensive knowledge in Yoga Therapy while treating people with numerous common ailments. He has also served as a Yoga Therapist and Ayurvedic Massage therapist in renowned medical institutions.
Dilip’s classes incorporate his understanding of ancient yogic and medical science to create specific techniques that cater to individual needs. Students will find him to be a caring and compassionate teacher, and his classes to be filled with fun and good energy.
"Originally from Hong Kong and was living in San Francisco as her second home town where she had her first yoga class. Hazel immediately fell in loved with the practice and started taking yoga classes on a regular basis after her return to Hong Kong. She found it was tough to be back after being away from home for a long time and very stressful, also got frustrated adapting to the local working culture and lifestyle again. Going to yoga classes seemed to be her only way out in the beginning and later on she started longing for deeper knowledge in yoga which is actually more than only moving the physical body into postures as the most commonly known nowadays.
Under the guidance of different traditional yoga masters from India, with Master Yogananth Andiappan as the main master, she obtained her 200hours Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2013 and completed her 300 hours Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in 2015 in Hong Kong along with the Intensive Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training in Chennai, India. Hazel is now a Yoga Alliance registered RYT 500 teacher and recently has completed a Master’s Degree in Yoga and Naturopathy from Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University. As words are not enough to describe how yoga helps her both physically and mentally, she believes by becoming a yoga teacher would be the best way to share her passion, experience and benefits of yoga to the others."