Dr. Vinayachandra Banavathy

Director, Centre for IKS and Associate Professor, Chanakya University
Ph.D., Pondicherry University
Director, Indica Yoga
Guest Faculty at University of Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Banavathy is a scholar in the field of Yoga and Indian Psychology. He has been a visiting faculty at the University of Ghent, Belgium, SRH Hochschule, Heidelberg and Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Zurich offering courses on Indic Studies, Yoga Psychology etc. He has completed his PhD in psychological insights in the Vedas from Pondicherry University, besides a master’ in Sanskrit, English, Yogic Science and Applied Psychology. With over 2 decades of experience in teaching, research and consultancy, he is counted among the influential young thinkers of contemporary India. 

He is the co-founder of Indica Yoga and has previously been on the drafting committee of NEP, the Expert panel of AICTE and Guest faculty across institutions of eminence in India and the world. His publications include a report on Standardization of Yoga Terminologies for WHO; a co-edited book titled ‘Perspectives on Indian Psychology’, published by Jain University Press, another book co-authored titled ‘Happiness: Indic Perspectives’, published by Development Foundation, besides a few articles, papers, booklets on Yoga, Indian Psychology, Culture and Spirituality. In addition to his academic interests, he is deeply passionate to work with children and youth and is involved with several cultural and service organizations in varied capacities.