Andiappan Yoga Community aims to actively improve the physical and mental well-being of our community through the gift of yoga to all those in need – particularly the health impaired and financially disadvantaged.
About Andiappan Yoga Community
The Andiappan Yoga Community (AYC) is a not-for-profit charitable organization established in 2010 under the original name of Yogananth Andiappan Community. The AYC was founded by a group of students of Dr. Yogananth Andiappan who were inspired by his teachings, compassion, and desire to spread the benefits of yoga to all throughout our community. In 2013 the name was changed to AYC in honor of the Father of Dr. Yogananth Andiappan and beloved Guruji, Dr. Asana Andiappan – celebrating his 85th Birthday that year.
The mission and purpose of the AYC are very much reflective of the life mission and tradition of Guruji Andiappan’s teachings and practices, he dedicated his life to studying and teaching the therapeutic benefits of yoga.
The overriding goal is to deliver the benefits of yoga to all – especially those in our communities who are most in need and suffer health or financial impairment which makes accessing a regular yoga practice challenging. The mission and traditions of Guruji Andiappan have been supported by his Wife and their entire family, dedicating their lives to bettering our communities through actively sharing the gifts of yoga.
Through the inspiration captured from the life’s work of his Father, Guruji Andiappan, Dr. Yogananth Andiappan has been motivated to establish and drive the mission and work of the AYC to share the therapeutic benefits of yoga throughout our community. Today, AYC has 631 teaching volunteers and since its inception, the NGO has taught 25,000 hours of yoga to 2,300 participants, over 74 community projects, totaling a value of HKD10 million in volunteer teaching.
AYC conducts a dozen yoga community classes per week, offering free yoga classes to the financially disadvantaged within our community, children and youth groups, and yoga therapy classes to breast cancer patients, patients from various support groups, charities, and hospitals, and Adult Drug Abusers at a charity that supports the Aid and Rehabilitation of Drug Abusers.
Yoga has been practiced and taught for thousands of centuries. Benefits to mind, body, and spirit from dedication to the practice have been shared through teachings and based predominantly on anecdotal evidence and personal experiences, but now increasingly supported by bodies of growing scientific research.
Yoga practices include postures, breathing, relaxation, and meditation. All these elements contribute to improving global human functionality – improving physical and mental health and performance, stress and emotional responsiveness, regulation and awareness, cognitive behaviour, and elements of deeper spiritual connection such as life purpose and meaning. The AYC’s mission and purpose are to share these benefits to those in need across our community.