Membership Benefits

IFYM Membership Benefits

IFYM supports Yoga teachers, Meditation teachers and Practitioners and Master Teachers worldwide. IFYM Registered Members are recognized as attaining the highest standards of professionalism and service within Yoga and Meditation. The International Foundation of Yoga and Meditation provides outstanding benefits for members and we look forward to being of service to you.

Our mission is to lead the global yoga and meditation community to set high standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga and meditation beyond the boundary of country, religion, cults and sects.

JOIN Forces with Our Global Network:

  • Get involved in standards development
  • Network with other professionals in your local area or within a specific meditation or yoga interest
  • Mentor the next generation of yoga and meditation students
  • Promote the highest professional and ethical standards

IFYM membership is the mark of a professional. It’s a standard recognized by clients, public as …

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Science of Yoga Six Powerful Inspirations

Science of yoga is not just about philosophy. It is all about how yoga can change your health and mental well-being, which is measurable, observable and quantifiable. Yoga is a systematic way to attain perfection, through physical and mental exercises.

Yoga has been noted to reduce anxiety and depression.  Scientific studies have also shown that yoga can improve several conditions including psychological and pain syndromes, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders and autoimmune and immune syndromes.

Volumes have been written on the healing properties of yoga. Although very little research has been conducted on potential underlying mechanisms for the effects of yoga, it appears yoga stimulates pressure receptors under the skin which, in turn, leads to enhanced vagal activity and reduced cortisol.

Scientist observed that yoga exercises gives superior parietal cortex, involved in directing attention, and the visual cortex.

1. Yoga Improves Immunity Function

There are numerous scientific studies that show that …

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Two most powerful yoga quotes

Recent studies in people with chronic low-back pain suggest that a carefully adapted set of yoga poses may help reduce pain and improve function. Scientists are getting close to proving what yogis have held to be true for centuries — yoga and meditation. Hundreds of studies have been conducted on the mental health benefits of yoga and meditation.

In a study published in May in the medical journal PloS One showed that one session of  yoga relaxation practice was enough to enhance the expression of genes involved in energy metabolism and insulin secretion and reduce expression of genes linked to inflammatory response and stress.

If you have completed your teacher training and are now an official yoga instructor, here are some beautiful inspirational yoga and meditation quotes to inspire your students.

You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks. — Amit Ray



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Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich_Nhat_HanhBorn in 1926, Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh, one of the world’s leading meditation teachers. His life and teachings have deeply influenced millions of people. He joined the monkhood at the age of 16.  Exiled from Vietnam, he traveled to the U.S. where he made the case for peace. Martin Luther King, Jr nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize. He has published more than 100 books. Nhat Hanh offers a practice of “mindfulness” that is beneficial for people of all faiths, by helping us resist and transform the speed and violence of our modern society.

He has also been a leader in the Engaged Buddhism movement (he coined the term), promoting the individual’s active role in creating change.…

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Sri Amit Ray | Life, Teachings and Biography

Sri Amit Ray, born in 1960, is an Indian author and spiritual master whose teachings and writings on meditation, 114 chakras, yoga and compassion deeply influenced people across the world. Compassion is his core teachings. He is considered as one of the pioneers of the Compassionate Artificial Intelligence Movement.

Amit Ray Meditation


Education and early life

He was a meritorious student from his childhood. He did his BE from Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, University of Calcutta. He did his M.Tech and PhD in 1993 from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur. His PhD thesis was on “Enhancement of the Capabilities of Artificial Intelligence Based Diagnostic Systems”. In 1993, he explored the possibilities of compassionate AI for the advancement of future humanities and societies.

Spiritual journey

He showed a spiritual tendency and heightened awareness right from the age of 8 years. He always has a deep connection with …

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Adi Shankaracharya

adi shankaracharyaBorn in 788 AD in a village called Kaladi in Kerala Adi Shankaracharya was a philosopher of the greatest renown because he brought new life to the Vedas and restored them to their ancient glory. He revived Vedanta at a time when Vedanta philosophy was going through a period of darkness due to the excesses of ritualistic practice. His correct interpretations saw a revival in the status of the Vedas and so he was able to successfully advocate Advaita Vedanta. He founded the Dashanami monastic order and believed in worship of the Shanmata tradition. He established four Adi Shankaracharya Peeths and devoted one of the Vedas to each:

  1. South – Sarada Peetha, Sringeri
  2. East – Govardhana Peetha, Jagannath Puri
  3. West – Kalika Peetha, Dwaraka
  4. North – Jyothir Peetha, Badrinath
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Swami Satyananda


Born in 1923 at Almora, Uttarakhand Swami Satyananda showed a spiritual tendency and heightened awareness right from the age of 6 years. In 1943 he left home and came in contact with Swami Sivananda at Rishikesh and the Swami initiated him into the Dashnami Sannyas. Satyananda performed such intense nishkam seva that he was able to realize the secrets of spirituality. He studied yoga, tantra and Vedanta and kundalini yoga in such a through fashion that he founded the new Bihar School of Yoga in 1963 and became the pioneer of this yoga practice.…

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Swami Sivananda

swami sivanandaBorn in 1887 at Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, India in 1887 Swami Sivananda was a Doctor in Malaysia but he renounced his medical practice in 1924 when Swami Vishwananda Saraswati initiated him into Dashnami Sannyasa. He practiced intense sadhana, yoga and learnt the scriptures. He became a wondering monk and toured the length and breadth of India. Wherever Sivananda went he tried to awaken the moral and spiritual consciousness of people. In 1936 he founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh with the main aim of spreading spiritual knowledge and serving mankind. Being a doctor he started the Sivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945.…

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