Dr. Asana Andiappan is a highly accomplished yogi of international repute. He first trained in Yoga with Yogacharya S.Sundaram of Bangalore as a child, and later developed his own sequence of curative asanas based on the teachings of Sage Thirumoolar.
He was endowed with the title of Asana by Swami Sri Sankaracharya for his unrelenting pursuit of Yogic therapy for common ailments. This privileged title is passed down the generations, In the year 1950 Dr. Andiappan established the Andiappan Yoga Training Centre in the remote village of Southern Tamil Nadu . This is a popular and immaclately run yogic healing centre in South India that administers disease-specific therapy through a yogic discipline endorsed by leading medical practitioners.
Dr. Andiappan was awarded the Yogarathna (Jewel of Yoga) for his distinguished yogic achievements, and has been especially commended for his approach to yoga in curing senility and dementia, and quite recently for his immaculate research on yoga for a healthy heart. He obtained his Ph.D. in Yoga from the Medicinal Alternative Institute in Sri Lanka, and is currently Honorary Professor of Yoga at various colleges in TamilNadu, including Siddha Medical Colleges in Chennai and Palayamkkottai. Dr. AA also charis Adhoc Yoga Committees at well-established Universities.
Among other things, Dr. Andiappan is a long standing President of the Tamil Nadu State Yogasana Association. As Vice President of the Indian Yoga Federation, he has organized over 3000 yoga programs in India, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. He has also Participated in several yoga programs for the world media, and successfully co-ordinated innumerable district, state, and national level yoga competitions in India.
As a successful yogic practitioner for over 60 years, Dr. Andiappan's firm spiritual foundation is a beacon of light to those in search of peace and good health. A recognized coporate trainer, he has customized yoga practice modules for several high-powered government officials, senior executives, movie stars, and law enforcement personnel.
Today, Dr. Andiappan is the Founder and President of Asana Andiappan College of Yoga, with thirteen centres in South India that cater to clients, students, and teacher trainees from all from all over the world. Dr. Andiappan has trained and motivated hundreds of yoga teachers around the world in the powerful and therapeutic techniques of Sage Thirumoolar.
Besides editing two monthly journals, Yoga Kalai and Asana with a combined circulation of over 40,000 copies, Dr. Andiappan has published 25 books on copies Dr. Andiappan has published 25 books on Yoga, until now in Tamil, the pre-dominant language in South India.
Dr. Andiappan was recently recognized for his tremendous contribution to Yoga with the 2003 Gandhi Award. A prestigious award in India, this the first time someone has been acknowledged in the field of Yoga. Such recognition, along with the medical validation of his research, the popularity of his televised yoga series around the world, and the many success stories among the patrons at his various Yoga Therapy Centers, have all given rise to a new need - the need to be heard by the English - speaking majority around the world.
The result is this book - an elegant adaptation in English that is simple enough for a begineer, yet exhaustive enough for a beginner, yet exhaustive enough for the more experienced practitioner.
A family of dedicated yoga practitioners, Dr. Andiappans wife Sugatha Kumari, and daughter Kumari Lakshmi (a medical student) are both Yoga Teachers in Chennai, while his son Asana Yogananth is a highly regarded Yoga Teacher at a leading Yoga Center in Hong Kong.