Our Instructors

Dr. Yogananth Andiappan

Dr. Yogananth Andiappan is born into a family with a yoga heritage, his father, Dr. Asana Andiappan, devoted his life to uncovering the health benefits of yoga and making this ancient practice accessible to all, regardless of their background or social status. He is the founder and director of Anahata Yoga which offers a complete Yoga Therapy Series from the Andiappan Yoga Tradition which is new to Hong Kong

Yogananth's own path in yoga began at a young age, where he garnered numerous State, National, and International Titles in Yoga Championships. In his twenties, he desired to share the artistic side of yoga asanas, leading him to publish the breath-taking coffee table book, "Yoga from the Heart." This exquisite collection of four hundred beautiful asanas served as a testament to the artistic expression that can be found within a devoted practice of yoga.

With his extensive academic qualifications, Yogananth possesses a profound understanding of yoga. He earned a Master of Science in Yoga and Naturopathy, as well as a Ph.D. from the Physical Education and Sports University of India. His doctoral research focused on the transformative effect of Yoga Therapy on recovering breast cancer patients, highlighting his knowledge and experience in utilizing yoga as a therapeutic tool.

Motivated by his comprehensive knowledge of the benefits of Yoga Therapy and his unwavering commitment to helping those suffering from cancer and various physical conditions, Yogananth founded the Andiappan Yoga Community (AYC, a registered NGO in Hong Kong) in 2010 Hong Kong. Today, AYC stands as the largest Yoga NGO in Hong Kong, with a dedicated team of over 300 volunteers conducting numerous projects and classes throughout the year. Through AYC, Yogananth has been able to give back to the community in the most meaningful way he knows - by sharing the healing power of yoga.

As the Founder of the International Yoga Academy, Yogananth has extended his knowledge and expertise to countless individuals worldwide, guiding them on the path to becoming qualified yoga instructors. Additionally, he established Asana, a yoga magazine dedicated to sharing valuable insights and knowledge within the field of yoga, furthering the dissemination of yoga wisdom. Dr. Andiappan is the founder of www.yogafromtheheart.live, an online yoga platform serving thousands of people daily. Through this extensive resource, individuals can easily practice yoga online regularly,

Dr. Andiappan's impact transcends geographical boundaries, as he has travelled the world, conducting workshops and Teacher Training courses in numerous countries. From Hong Kong and Greater China to Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Australia, Canada, and France, his teachings have touched the lives of many, spreading the transformative power of yoga far and wide. 

Yogananth's unwavering dedication to yoga as a way of life, combined with his humble and down-to-earth nature, serves as an inspiration to all who cross path with him. His passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with the world is evident in his efforts to make yoga accessible and his commitment to empowering individuals through this ancient practice.

Dr. Lakshmi Andiappan

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.

Yogacharya Vishnu Kumar

Yogacharya Vishnu kumar 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.


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.

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 Chowdhry
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.

Master Keshav has been practicing yoga since 1995.  He is a professionally qualified and experienced instructor, who was inspired by various yoga Gurus in India. Keshav has acquired his Diploma, Post Graduate and Master Degree in Yogic Science at Annamalai University, India.

Keshav has over ten 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 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.

Keshav is a versatile teacher in various styles and levels of yoga such as Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa, Core Yoga , Sun Vinyasa , Back Care Yoga, Yoga Balance, and Andiappan Yoga.


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.