YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL – India’s first international Yoga Alliance

Yoga schools and Yoga teachers from around the world are part of YOGA ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL, fostering tranquil transformations everywhere.

We invite you to take part in our Thailand Conference in December 2018. For more details, please click here or on the poster below.

Shown below are students from the SriMa International School of Transformational Integral Hatha Yoga India, run by Swami Vidyanand

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Sri Aurobindo’s third dream…

On Aug 15, 1947, when India became free, Sri Aurobindo talked about his dreams for the new India. Among other things, he said…

Sri Aurobindo

….The third dream was a world-union forming the outer basis of a fairer, brighter and nobler life for all mankind. That unification of the human world is under way; there is an imperfect initiation organised by struggling against tremendous difficulties. But the momentum is there and it must inevitably increase and conquer.

Here too India has begun to play a prominent part and, if she can develop that larger statesmanship which is not limited by the present facts and immediate possibilities but looks into the future and brings it nearer, her presence may make all the difference between a slow and timid and a bold and swift development. A catastrophe may intervene and interrupt or destroy what is being done, but even then the final result is sure.

For unification is a necessity of Nature, an inevitable movement. Its necessity for the nations is also clear, for without it the freedom of the small nations may be at any moment in peril and the life even of the large and powerful nations insecure. The unification is therefore to the interests of all, and only human imbecility and stupid selfishness can prevent it; but these cannot stand for ever against the necessity of Nature and the Divine Will.

But an outward basis is not enough; there must grow up an international spirit and outlook, international forms and institutions must appear, perhaps such developments, as dual or multilateral citizenship, willed interchange or voluntary fusion of cultures. Nationalism will have fulfilled itself and lost it militancy and would no longer find these things incompatible with self-preservation and the integrality of its outlook.”

It is in keeping with this spirit of oneness that Sri Aurobindo sees taking hold of the human race, that Yoga Alliance International aims to create a world-wide community of persons dedicated to authentic Yoga traditions, joined by the commonality of Spirit.

Inspired by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, YAI’s mission is to create a world-wide network of people and institutions devoted to the cause of Yoga.The Mother & Sri Aurobindo

YAI’s mission:

– create a world-wide network of Yogic minded people and institutions, regardless of affiliation or tradition

– provide a platform for the encouragement of new Masters of Yoga

– encourage research and innovation in applying Yoga techniques to the complex problems faced by modern man

– establish an Yoga Institution that is open to all traditions.

What we need more than ever before is a network of dedicated, like-minded people devoted to the cause of personal and societal transformation. Without personal transformation, it is idle to talk of changing the world. The network adds energy to our efforts at personal transformation, and we could, if we tried hard enough, soon transform the world beyond recognition.

And YAI provides you with the platform to network the field. The YAI community has members from around the world: from Africa, from Asia, from Europe,from America…And almost all of them are accessible on email or on social media.

There are many ways for you to network:

  • Become a Certified Yoga teacher, or get your Institution recognized. The process is simple and doesn’t cost much. This process gives your work recognition and opens you out to the professional world.
  • Visit our web-sites, and get in touch with other like-minded people.
  • Take part in our events, and strengthen your network by interacting directly with people.

YAI is proud to partner with Annamalai University to offer certificate, foundation, and diploma programmes in YOGA across the globe.

For more information on these programmes, please check this page and then contact us.

Rajamarthanda (Raju) Poobathy

Rajamarthanda (Raju) Poobathy is our Director for the Annamalai University – YAI project. We are sure that he will bring dedication and enthusiasm to this project and help us spread the true message of Yoga all over the world. Additionally, having worked for many years in the Gulf countries as a high-ranking IT professional, Sri. Raju will also be YAI’s Director for the Middle East.

You can contact him at:

E-mail ID:

Mobile Phone: 00971 566862400 Dubai

Mobile Phone: 0091 7397451386 India

About himself, he writes:

“I have been practicing and teaching Yoga for the past 30+ years.Having enjoyed the numerous benefits of Yoga, I became very passionate about it.Then I started teaching Yoga to many people, I was amazed seeing the positive effects of Yoga on people who I trained.I continued to learn and research on Yoga, went to many Yoga schools and got advance level training from different Gurus.

I recently got trained and certified as Grand Master of Yoga & Transformational Yoga from YAI – Yoga Alliance International by Swami Vidyanand Ji.

I also got trained and certified as Grand Master of Meditation Teacher from Meditation Alliance International by Swami Vidyanand Ji.”

My life goal is to continue to be a key instrument to spread the knowledge of Yoga to the whole world.”



Our visitors from Europe and elsewhere might find it useful to look at our new site:”YOGA ALLIANCE EUROPE NEWS“. Do let us know what you think.


We invite all YAI-certified teachers and YAI-certified schools to join the World Yoga Federation (WYF). World Yoga Federation Showcase your knowledge of Yoga!

Membership in WYF is free to all YAI members – but you must submit a contribution (audio or video or photos) . Acceptance or rejection of the contribution rests with WYF.

Non-YAI members are also invited to register with World Yoga Federation (WYF) on payment of a fee. Applicants must submit an article or video or audio clip related to Yoga.

Contact WYF at

We are very happy to announce that GRANDMASTER VISHWA KULKARNI will now be Executive Director, World Yoga Federation. Simultaneously, he will also hold charge as YAI’s Director for Yoga Education & Research. With his outstanding background in Yoga, we have no doubt that he will contribute significantly to all of YAI’s efforts to promote authentic Yoga traditions around the world. You can find out more about him in the slideshow alongside…

Shown below is our ‘photo of the day’, randomly chosen from our albums of certified Yoga teachers. Click on the photo to get more details of the teacher.


YAI Certified Schools

Other Certified Schools:

ADVAIT YOGA, Rishikesh, Director: Yogacharya Sanjay Soni

GANGA YOGA EDUCATION SOCIETY, Rishikesh, Director:Yogi Praveen Badoni

OM SHANTI, No:24,8 Metri Avval Alley,Besat Street,Mirdamad,Tabriz, Iran; Director: Behnaz Pouri

Programs for an international career in Yoga

Swami Vidyanand will personally guide these unique YAI-certified professional-level Yoga teachers Training Courses where students can obtain practical, in-depth, multi-faceted knowledge of Yoga. In the programs being held near Auroville/Pondicherry, Swami Vidyanand will be assisted by Camille Gicquel, and in New Delhi, he will be assisted by Arjun Goswami.

Location: near Auroville/Pondicherry & New Delhi

Dates: Every Month

Courses :

  • 200-hour level(20-day program)
  • 500-hour level (30-day program)
  • Grandmaster-level Certification

Contact information:

Web-site: Srima Transformational Yoga India

Talk to: Swami Vidyanand on: +91 9810680711 / 9810670711

An invitation to all YAI-certified schools

If you are interested in displaying information about your programs/events here, please write to us with brief details and we will be happy to display the information below.

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In early 2015,at the invitation of Chinese authorities, Swami Vidyanand and Sri Chandrashekaran of YAI visited Nanjing, China to discuss issues related to Yoga in China.

Swami Vidyanand attended a Yoga Conference in Paris in 2013 and conducted a course in France.

Photos from various YAI programs held in Rishikesh and elsewhere are shown below..

Some teachers/schools who have joined our network recently…

You can search for yourself by entering your name in the ‘Search’ box below.

If you have obtained YAI Certification and have sent in your photo, you can also search for yourself by clicking on the name of your school to open the album for the school. Results are shown in another page.

If you are unable to find yourself on the page, please send us your name (as it appears on the YAI certificate) and the name of the YAI-certified school that you had attended.

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Kerala Le Yoga - Taiwan Light Love Laughter Pte Ltd - Singapore Little Cove Yoga Holiday Resort Maa Shakti Yoga Centre Magik Yoga - Bangalore Maharishi Yoga Vihar Foundation Mahi Power Yoga - Dharamsala Mandeep Hot Yoga - Mumbai Marita Mittag - Greece Mbs Holistic Clinic - Bangalore Mind-body Integration Centre - Canada Mumbai Mystic Yoga Studio - Kolkata Natraj Yoga Centre - Varanasi Nepal Yoga Home New Delhi Niramaya Yoga - Gwalior Nirvaana Yoga Studio - Hyderabad Nirvana Yoga & Ayurveda School - Taiwan Nishpatti Yoga International Nityam Yoga Institute - Mumbai Nlitn Holistic Wellness Center - Bangalore Oceanic Yoga And Meditation School Om Ayurveda & Yoga Centre - Mysore Om Rudra Cultural Society Om Shanti Om Yoga School - Rishikesh Om Yog Peeth Om Yoga Association - Portugal Om Yoga Association Portugal Om Yoga Centre - Dharamsala Omsai School Of Yoga Open Sky Yoga Center - Rochester New York Ozdonusum -turkey Padma Yoga - Portugal Patanjali Yoga Institute - Thailand Patanjali Yoga School - Russia Portugal Prana Escuela De Yoga - Spain Prem Sukh International Trust Pure Ganga Yoga Rishi Yoga Foundation Rishikul Yogshala Sacred Spiral Yoga & Tai-chi School Santhi School Of Yoga - Kerala Santhi Yoga International Teachers Training & Research Foundation Sarah Trinler - Costa Rica Sarasvati Worldwide Ltd - Hungary Satyam Yoga Darshan Sewashram Sawasdee Yoga - Thailand School Of Holistic Yoga & Ayurveda (sohyaa) Seema Sondhi The Yoga Studio Shakti Yoga Centre - South Africa Shakti Yoga Centresouth Africa Shenyang Letian Fitness - Beijing Shiatsu School Sym International Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo School Shiva Tattva Yoga Foundation Shiva Tattva Yoga School Shiva Yoga Peeth - Rishikesh Shiva Yoga Valley - Vietnam Shivom Yoga - Vietnam Shivom Yoga Valley Shiva Yoga And Dance - Vietnam Shrimath Yoga - Bangalore Siddhartha Yoga Academy - Dharamsala Siddhi Yoga Garuda Kids Yoga - Greece Sivasoorya School - Kerala South Africa Spain Spirit Of Are Yoga Srima Center Of Transformational Hatha Yoga - Greece Srima International School Of Transformational Integral Hatha Yoga India Srima International School Of Transformational Yoga - Serbia Srima School Of Transformational Integral Yoga - Manchester Srima Yoga Taiwan Sujit Sauryayoga - Taiwan Sunils Yoga - Jodhpur Sunrise Yoga & Coach - Vietnam Sunshine Yoga School - Rishikesh & Japan Taiwan Tapasya Yoga -rishikesh Thailand Three Treasures Yoga - Italy Transformational Hatha Yoga School In Spain Tulasidalam School Of Yoga Pada - Kerala U.k. Ukranian Yoga Federation University Of Yoga - Russia Vedic Wellness - Vietnam Veena Yoga - Jodhpur Vietnam Vimoksha Yoga - Goa Vinayasa Yoga Academy By A.f.studies - Greece Vinieyoga Healing Center - Chennai Vivekananda School Of Yoga - Bangalore Vyoga World - Vietnam Wellbeing Warehouse - U.k. World Peace Yoga School Yai Special Category Yhc Fitness Studio - Gurgaon Yog Nisarga Goa Yog Setu Universal - Gujarat Yog Shala - Paros Yoga 108 Africa - South Africa Yoga And Budo Center - Greece Yoga Chakra Yoga Federation Of Armenia Yoga Federation Of Russia Yoga Journey - Cyprus Yoga Of Kings - Siberia Yoga Paramgati - Hong Kong & Australia Yoga Schule Pasing Yoga Secret Club - Vietnam Yoga Secret Vietnam Yoga Suc Song Moi - Vietnam Yogashala - Chile Yogatapsyapith Rishikesh Yogi Ram Singapore Yogi Surinder Singh Yogi Surinder Singh Rishikesh Yogsetu Yogstars Yogsthali - Jaipur


We are very happy to state that Sergey Repin, YAI’s Director for Russia, sergey-repin-president-founder-2will now also be YAI’s representative for the following countries:

  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Belarus
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Moldova
  • Russia
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkmenistan
  • Ukraine
  • Uzbekistan.

All Yoga Schools and teachers in these countries are requested to contact Sergey Repin for obtaining YAI certification.

Contact details: Sergey Repin <>

As part of an effort to improve the quality of our networks, we are in the process of yai-group-photolaunching several new initiatives. As a first step, we are very happy to announce the launch of a new Facebook page for YAI’s Directors.


All our Directors are invited to link up with this group here:

Taryn Herselmann, YAI’s Director for Africa, seen in the photo flanked by Swami Vidyanand and Sri. Chandrashekaran, will moderate the group.

img_9541Continuing our efforts to strengthen YAI’s network, we are happy to state that Sri. Arjun Goswami, Executive Director – YAI, (seen in the photo alongside) will now be contacting all schools in our network to see how we can best help promote Yoga around the world.

To help connect better, we have a new Facebook page for all the schools on our network. Please check out the following Facebook link:


We are proud to present our Ambassadors.Working in many different parts of the world, their work embodies all that is good in Yoga. We hope you enjoy becoming friends with them…

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