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…

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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.

Ravindrakumar Indravadan Mehta

YAI Certified Schools

Other Certified Schools:

ADVAIT YOGA, Rishikesh, Director: Yogacharya Sanjay Soni

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

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…

Click on the tag of your interest to check out members of our network. Results are shown in another page.


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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