The Anjali School Of Yoga, South Africa attempts to fulfill the requirements of Gitananda Yoga,
a synthesis of classical yoga concepts with modern scientific knowledge.
A Master Yogi, Medical Doctor and great Spiritual Teacher, Yogamaharishi Dr Swami Gitananda Giri, propagated this classical Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga for most of his life. He founded Ananda Ashram (1968) and later, the International Centre For Yoga Education And Research (1989) on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, eight kilometers north of Pondicherry, India. He is considered as one of the five leading exponents of Classical Ashtanga Yoga in the twentieth century. Hailed as the "Father of Modern Scientific Yoga", Swamiji attained Samadhi on December 29, 1993 in Pondicherry.
Today his son Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Bhavanani and his wife Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani continue the work of Swami Gitananda at the ICYER.
Based on moral and ethical values (Yama and Niyama) Swami Gitananda taught:
The beauty of Gitananda Yoga lies in its step-by-step approach towards Yoga that is also beautifully outlined in the 52-lesson correspondence course in yoga.
Both Marietjie and her mother / teacher (Marie van Renen) enrolled for this course in the late 1970’s where they taught yoga in Port Elizabeth. Since then Marietjie has moved to Durban and has now settled in the Northern Suburbs in Cape Town. Seventeen students of the school have completed the Correspondence Course in Yoga and seven students are currently busy with it.