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Yoganjali Natyalayam

The City Centre of ICYER is called Yoganjali Natyalayam and it was established by Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri on March 27, 1993. The flourishing Centre of Classical Rishiculture Yoga, Bharata Natyam and Carnatic Vocal Music with currently more than 400 actively enrolled students and more than 20,000 alumni is located in Central Pondicherry, behind the Pondicherry Main Bus Stand and next to the Iyyanar Temple near the erstwhile Naveena Movie Theatre. It caters to the needs of the local populace with Yoga Education and Yoga Therapy programmes as well as providing special individual and personally-tailored lessons for passing tourists and those visiting Pondicherry on a short term basis.

Yoganjali Natyalayam has developed a very popular Bharat Natyam troupe, which specialises in performance of the difficult acrobatic Natya Karanas which are essentially a dynamic and artistic form of Yoga Asanas.

The Centre presents a full three hour length Bharat Natyam Dance Drama each year in August-September to celebrate the birthday of Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri. Its Annual Day is held in June-July each year and is a feast of spectacular music, dance and Yogasana demonstrations.