Division of Yoga Alliance International

About Us


Sri Swami Vidyanand

​Founder and President, Yoga Alliance International, India

Founder and Spiritual Head, SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga, India

Founder and President, Meditation Alliance International, India

Founder and President, World Yoga Federation, India

Email: [email protected]


Sri Swami Vidyanand mastered yoga in the traditional Indian yogic way, through apprenticeships under enlightened yoga masters in India and anonymous ascetics in the Himalayas. Hailing from a long line of renowned Bhakti yogis, he was born into the deeply spiritual environment of Datiya, an area in Madhya Pradesh, India, recognised as being one of the seventeen sacred centres of tantra in India. His first guru was his father, Sri Harihar Goswami, a highly respected devotional yogi and founder of the Yoga Mandir of Datiya.

Today, Sri Swami Vidyanand operates as an urban yoga master, helping individuals living in big cities rid and heal themselves of stress and diseases through Transformational Yoga, a unique and innovative yogic system that synthesises the techniques of Hatha, Integral, White Tantra, Raja, Bhakti, Ashtanga and Kundalini Yoga to bring about rapid transformation. His signature system is inspired by the Integral Yoga of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother, and was developed when he taught yoga for more than a decade at the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi Branch.

The wisdom of Sri Swami Vidyanand is well recognised in India, evident from the respect he has received from cultural bodies, such as the prestigious Bharat Nirman, an organisation that acknowledges individual effort to revive and promote ancient Indian wisdom, culture and heritage. He was awarded the Bhaskar Award, the highest award of Bharat Nirman for extraordinary services rendered for the benefit of mankind.


K.M. Chandrashekaran

​Organising Director, Yoga Alliance International, India


K.M. Chandrashekaran, with his background in engineering and management, brings to his work his life-long interest in yoga and allied matters. He writes frequently and gives talks on yoga. Some of his essays are published on Yoga Alliance International’s Facebook page. 

In his spare time, K.M. Chandrashekaran runs a blog "janachandra" which features some of his short stories, essays and poems.


Srdjan Jovanovic

Director, Yoga Alliance International Serbia

Director, SriMa Serbia, International School of Transformational Yoga 


Nina Lazic 

Co-Director, Yoga Alliance International Serbia

Co-Director, SriMa Serbia, International School of Transformational Yoga 


Our vision is to create a worldwide network of yogis dedicated to nurturing authentic yoga tradition. On August 15th, 1947, on the occasion of India’s independence, Sri Aurobindo talked about his dreams for the new India. Among other things, he said:


"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, together with The Mother’s vision of an international community that transcended barriers of race and creed, that inspired the creation of Yoga Alliance International.


This Code is a summation and declaration of acceptable, ethical, and professional behaviour which all Certified Yoga Teachers (CYT) and Certified Yoga Schools (CYS) agree to follow.

Code Of Practice

As a member of Yoga Alliance International and as a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) or representative of a Certified Yoga School (CYS), I agree to uphold the ethical goals set forth below in the Code of practice:

1. Uphold the integrity of my vocation by always behaving in a professional and conscientious manner.
2. Acknowledge the limitations of my skills and scope of practice and when required, refer students to seek alternative instruction, advice, treatment, or direction.
3. Create and maintain a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for the practice of yoga.
4. Respect the rights, dignity, and privacy of all students all students regardless of age, physical limitations, race, creed, gender, ethnicity, religion affiliation, or sexual orientation.
5. Avoid words and actions that constitute sexual harassment.
6. Follow all local government and national laws that pertain to yoga teaching and business.

Schools or teachers found to be in violation of this Code of Practice as determined by YAI will be de-certified and debarred from using any YAI symbols or materials.

In addition, YAI Directors (at the country-level) are required to:

1. Submit an annual report on activities undertaken to promote YAI in their respective countries

2. Refrain from supporting any other similar Yoga organisations

YAI reserves the right to take such action as it deems fit with regard to such Directors if they fail to adhere to these terms & conditions.