Our Team


Yoga therapy is rooted in the ancient practice of yoga, which originated thousands of years ago in India.  In the west Yoga therapy emerged in a formal manner in the 1980s as a result of the study conducted by Dr. Dean Ornish. The study illustrated how the implementation of a healthy lifestyle program could reverse heart disease and other forms of related illness. Ornish’s program included therapeutic yoga and was the first of its kind to highlight the benefits of using yoga in this way. This program for treating heart disease was approved for insurance coverage in 1990 and it marked the beginning of yoga as a treatment option. In 1983, the Biomedical Yoga Trust was founded to further develop and standardize the field of yoga therapy.


In the year 2003, The International Yoga Academy (IYA) was founded by Dr. Yogananth Andiappan, in Hong Kong. Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan and Late Guruma Sugatha Kumari were the founding presidents of this organization. Through the organization, over 2500 yoga teacher training graduates have been professionally trained and are currently teaching in over 50 countries. This organization has help bridge the eastern and western philosophy. IYA and its member organization’s support research and education in yoga and serve as a professional organization for yoga teachers of all traditions and lineages.






 Yoga Advisory Council:


Establishment of the Yoga Advisory Council (2010) has helped provide resources on yoga therapy and research, also provision for representation for most of the major yoga traditions and lineages in Asia.


Dr. Lakshmi Andiappan is the director of yoga research committee since 2008.


Master Yogesh Varun is the executive member of Advisory Council since 2010.


Dr. Vishnu Kumar who is a chief disciple of Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan is also the executive committee member of IYA since 2013.


Master Mahesh Iyappan who is the grandson of Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan is a committee member of IYA since 2015.




Yoga Conference, Competitions & Festivals


International Yoga Academy has organized various yoga competitions and yoga festivals in Hong Kong and India:


7th December 2009 - 1st Asia Pacific Yoga Championship, Chennai, India


21st June 2015 - 1st International Yoga Day - Hong Kong


21st June 2016 - 2nd International Yoga Day - Hong Kong


21st June 2017 - 3rd International Yoga Day - Hong Kong


21st June 2018 - 4th International Yoga Day - Hong Kong