Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.


Gurudev presides over meeting of the Governing Council of Indian Yoga Association as the new Chairman

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Gurudev presides over meeting of the Governing Council of Indian Yoga Association as the new Chairman

October 3rd, 2021
Bengaluru, India

Global spiritual master and humanitarian, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is elected as Chairman of the Governing Council of the Indian Yoga Association.

The Governing council of Indian Yoga Association is the apex body of the Association consisting of prominent Yoga gurus including Dr. Pranav Pandya of Gayatri Pariwar, Swami Ramdev, Founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder Isha Foundation, Dr. Hansa Yogendra from Santa Cruz Yoga Institute, Swami Chidanand Saraswati from Parmarth Niketan Rishikesh, Dr. O.P Tiwari, Head of Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Mr. Kamlesh Patel of Sahaj Marg, Swami Bharat Bhushan of Mokshayatan Yog Sansthan and Dr. Ishwara Basavaraddi, Director of Morarji Desai National Institute of yoga and Naturopathy.

During the fourth meeting of Governing Council held online today, all members welcomed Gurudev as the new Chairman.

First meeting of the Council of Indian Yoga Association with Gurudev as the President

Indian Yoga Association (IYA) is an industry cum self-regulatory body of leading yoga institutes and organisations in India. IYA is a maiden attempt to unite all yoga traditions in a common cause, committed to promotion and advancement of Yoga and its applications around the world. With thousands of Yog professionals as members, IYA has its local committees in 28 States and Union Territories of India.

Indian Yoga Association plays an active policy advisory role on many Government boards and committees and work closely with the Ministry of AYUSH (India) for propagation and promotion of Yoga.

The association has plans to work for creating employment Opportunities for thousands of young men and women who have keenly taken to learning and practice of Yoga in the recent future. Association also aims at becoming the main authority on Yoga across the world and building a global public awareness about Yoga in its true and authentic meaning.

An International Yoga Conference is slotted to be organised by the Indian yoga Association in April 2022 at New Delhi which is expected to see participation by more than fifty thousand online and a few hundred will attend in person in Delhi.

Apart from the members of the Governing Council, the fourth meeting of Governing Council was also attended by Dr. H.R Nagendra, president of Executive Council and Ms. Kamlesh Barwal Secretary General of IYA.