While there must be hundreds if not thousands of organisations promoting and propogating yog, we give here the few we know of
1. Bihar School of yoga
BSY teachers Satyananda Yog is a system of yoga developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage, which incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources. Satyananda Yoga uses practices in a traditional way, asanas (postures) to balance the body and mind through the physical body, pranayama (breathing practices) to work on the energy body (equated with Ki or Chi in other systems), and meditation to calm and focus the mind. It also takes a broader outlook by teaching and encouraging yogic lifestyles, not only for renunciates but also for householders and lay practitioners.
Bihar Yoga Bharati
Ganga Darshan, Fort Munger,
Tel: 06344 - 22430
Fax: 06344 20169
At the address above (Munger), there are only courses conducted because it is a university. For diksha and other programs, please contact
Bihar School of Yoga Rikhia
Tel: 06432 232870 / 231343
Fax: 06432 - 230670
2.. Sivananda Yoga Ashram
The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers is a nonprofit organization founded by Swami Vishnu-devananda to spread the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta worldwide. Upon the instruction of his Guru, Swami Sivananda from Rishikesh (India), Swami Vishnu-devananda began travelling and teaching throughout the United States in 1957 and established the first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Montreal, Canada in 1959. There are now close to 80 Sivananda locations (Ashrams, Yoga centers, and affiliated centers) around the world. The organization has trained more than 10,000 Yoga teachers. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers are recognized worldwide for teaching Yoga authentically, preserving its purity and tradition, which dates back several thousand years.
With the goal of restructuring the society on spiritual values, through revival of ancient Yogic discipline, Swami Kuvalayananda established the Kaivalyadhama Yoga institute on the Vijayadashami Day 1924, at Lonavla.
Simultaneously he started publishing the journal 'Yoga-Mimamsa' to present the results of scientific work which he had undertaken to unravel the mysteries of Yoga. He soon gathered around him a team of talented workers devoted to Yoga.
4. Babaji's Kriya Yoga, 196 Mountain Road, P.O. Box 90, Eastman, Quebec, Canada J0E 1P0. Tel.: (888) 252-9642.
Diected by M. Govindan, this nonprofit organization, is dedicated to passing on Kriya-Yoga, as taught by Babaji made famous by Paramahansa Yogananda.. All charges for teaching are in the form of voluntary donations. Money never became a condition for teaching a sincere student
5. The Yoga Research and Education Center (YREC) was established by Georg Feuerstein in 1996. YREC is a network of Yoga researchers, educators, and practitioners around the world who value the oral and literary traditions of Yoga in their Hindu, Buddhist, and Jaina forms. YREC's staff, academic advisory board, senior Yoga teachers council, and other affiliates include professionals in the fields of indology, history of religion, philosophy, psychology, education, and medicine.
6. International Centre for Yoga Education and Research (ICYER)
Research (ICYER) & Yoganjali Natyalayam have been established for thirty years. Pondicherry is its international headqarters with eighty five affiliated centres in twenty countries. It was founded by the Guru and Ashtanga yoga exponent Yogamarishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. ICYER is based on a firm foundation of Ashtanga Yoga plus a unique Kriya and Yoga therapy (Yoga Chikitsa). They call their approach "Rishiculture"
Dr. Ananda Balayogi/ Smt. Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani
16-A Mettu Street