The incredible Yogacharya Sundaram family

Read about the contributions of five generations of Yogacharya Sundaram’s family to the worldwide growth of yoga.

What is the School of Yoga?

School of Yoga is a Yoga resource which seeks to become a complete knowledge center for classical yoga, as was developed by the ancient seers of India – to be a tool for fitness, health, wellness and spiritual development.

Introduction to School of Yoga:
Yoga caught the imagination of the world in the 1960’s. It was fuelled by the great social changes unleashed by prosperity of the post-World War 2 boom. First, it started as an experiment by a few practitioners with meditation. Soon, many a school of yoga were started for teaching this aspect of Yoga.

Initially, early practitioners were adventurers venturing from the West to India to practice an exotic oriental practice. Then, when results became visible, more practitioners started getting interested in Yoga and its various techniques. Slowly, this trickle became a wave as more practitioners came to India for knowledge of Yoga. Simultaneously, Yoga teachers from India, started going to various parts of the world to teach Yoga and establish schools for teaching Yoga.

Yoga, as a subject has metamorphosed in the past 10 years. What was initially an exotic idea has transformed into an essential component of modern lifestyle. However, this has come at a cost – Yoga has moved away from its classical yoga base to many random variations, some that skirt the very definition of yoga.

School of Yoga seeks to bring focus of Yoga practice back to its ancient roots.

About School of Yoga:

School of Yoga site follows the Yogacharya Sundaram method of classical Yoga. Yogacharya Sundaram was a pioneer Yoga teacher, author, composer and Yoga therapist. He began teaching and practicing in the early 1920’s. School of Yoga is started and managed by his family of 4 generations of classical Yoga teachers and practitioners to whom practicing Yoga is as natural as breathing.

At School of Yoga, we try to collate all material available on classical yoga, resources all theory available on the subject, invites contributions from writers, publishers and other thinkers. Also, School of Yoga connects with practitioners, teachers, therapists and dieticians so that visitors find the most contemporary solution.

Hence, School of Yoga is a site for you! Here, your Yoga experience is valued and we would like you to share and enrich other practitioners with your experience.

Some significant contributions of the family of Yogacharya Sundaram to Yoga:

  • Second oldest family of Yoga masters, teachers, researchers, writers and therapists.
  • Second oldest Yoga class started by Yogacharya Sundaram in 1921
  • First English manual on Yoga (Yogic Physical Culture) published by Yogacharya Sundaram in 1928
  • First to publish Yogic Physical Culture in Kannada – 1930
  • First Tamil manual on Yoga (Ananda Rahasyam) published by Yogacharya Sundaram in 1938
  • First to write on Yoga in an English periodical (Brahmacharyam – 1927) and a Tamil periodical (Ananda Vikadan – 1936)
  • First to start a printing press exclusively for Yoga (Yogacharya Sundaram and son Balasubramanian) – 1948.
  • First Indian female Yoga teacher and instructor – Jayalakshmi (daughter of Yogacharya Sundaram).

Our team

Contributors to

4th Generation
S. Jayaram
Business. Supports printing and publication.
4th Generation
Vishwanath Iyer
Author and yogi. Supports website admin and operations.
5th Generation
Aditya Jayaram
Marketing professional. Supports website management.
5th Generation
Priya Chittur
Biochemist. Supports content design and site integrity.
5th Generation
Akshara Moudgalya
Product development Professional. Supports site & management.
5th Generation
Nishant Jayaram
Sports journalist and supports with SEO activities.

About the Yogis in the family of Yogacharya Sundaram :

Shri. Seetharam Iyer –

Father of Yogacharya Sundaram practicing Sarvangasana in the 1960’s

Shri. Yogacharya S. Sundaram (25 Feb 1901 – 26 December 1994)

Yoga pioneer, lawyer, freedom fighter, author, publisher and composer.

Smt. Jeyalakshmi – Yoga Teacher and daughter of Yogacharya Sundaram- (5 May 1922 – 19 May 2013)

Yoga teacher and daughter of Yogacharya Sundaram.Possibly,

Sri. S. Suryanarayanan – (21 Sep 1925 – 15 Mar 2016)

Yoga teacher and son of Yogacharya Sundaram.

Shri. G. Sundara Madhavan (6th October 1947)

Yoga demonstrator and grandson of Yogacharya Sundaram

Shri. K. Viswanathan

(10 April, 1953 – 13 Jan 1996) – Yoga teacher and grandson

Smt. Banu Suresh

(12.8.1962) grand-daughter, yoga teacher, demonstrator

Smt. Sujata Krishnan

(15.1.1964) grand-daughter, yoga demonstrator and

Chi. N.K. Param

((15.2.1989) and Kritika (28.9.1991) – great grandchildren