International Yoga Federation is a non-profit tax-exempt organization founded in 1987, celebrates the authentic yoga teachings of all traditions, the diversity, harmony and integrity of yoga practices throughout the world.
Our mission is to lead the global yoga community (world-wide yoga community), set standards, foster integrity, provide resources, and uphold the teachings of yoga.
HISTORY

"The long path of getting together the yoga schools, teachers and masters"

1934, Swami Asuri Kapila of France established the the Ramana Ashram, Maha Boddhi Shanga and the International School of Yoga in Montevideo, Uruguay.
1936, Swami Asuri Kapila started the first yoga teacher training course in Montevideo.

Swami Asuri Kapila

Swami Asuri Kapila wrote to his friend, Swami Sivananda (Rishikesh, India), to promote the organization of yoga all over the World, and proposed the creation of the International Yoga Federation.

1947, Swami Sivananda established the World Sadhus Federation and in 1948 following the example of Swami Asuri Kapila, Swami Sivananda founded the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy, to train yoga teachers and swamis as Swami Asuri Kapila.

Swami Sivananda

Swami Sivananda founded the World Religions Federation and Swami Asuri Kapila founded Mystic International Association.

1948, Swami Asuri Kapila wrote to his friend, Lucien Ferrier (France), about the idea of opening Yoga Centres in France to establish in the future a national association and follow the way to the creation of an International Yoga Federation.Then, Ferrier opened the Academy of Occidental Yoga in Paris, France.
Swami Asuri Kapila proposed the creation of national yoga organizations and continental yoga organizations to base the future International Yoga Federation to share the Yoga all over the world.

1965, Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das founded the International Yoga Council in Bengale, India.

1967, Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda), founded the International Yoga Teachers Association in Australia.

Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das and Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda)

1967, the National Yoga Teachers Assocation of France was founded.

1972, the European Union of Yoga was founded by Roger Clerc, the disciple and successor of Lucien Ferrier and who continues the spirit of unity with Andre Van Lysebeth (Swami Sivananda´s disciple), Claude Peltier, Nil Hahoutoff and Hug.

Gerard Blitz

1982, Rama Jyoti Vernon founded the Unity in Yoga International (now Yoga Alliance of U.S.) in the United States, integrating yoga schools.

Rama Jyoti Vernon

1985, Swami Maitreyananda (Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego) founded the Latin American Yoga Union with Vayuananda, Swamini Dayananda, Mataji Indra Devi, Luis Alvares De Rose and Swami Sarvananda.

Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) visited India and met the Dalai Lama at his home in Dharamsala, Himalayas, Swami Direndra Brahmachari in his Ashram in New Delhi and Swami Chidananda from Divine Life Society in Rishikesh. After working with the founding of the International Yoga Federation with Swami Direndra Brahmachari, he met with the members of Yoga Federation of India.

Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D.
(Swami Maitreyananda) and the Dalai Lama
Dhirendra Brahmachari - Swami Chidananda...............

1984 to 1987 started the communication between Vayuananda, direct disciple of Swami Asuri Kapila, Swami Maitreyananda, Swami Asuri Kapila´s successor and Gerard Blitz. Gerard Blitz met Rama Vernon and Swami Satchidananda.

Swami Satchidananda becomes the Honorary President of the International Yoga Teachers Association in Australia.

Yogacharya Fernando Estevez - Griego Ph.D.
(Swami Maitreyananda), Vayuananda and Gerard Blitz.


1986, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) meets the leader and general secretary of European Union of Yoga Gerard Blitz in Paris, to work with the Latin American Union of Yoga and create the future International Yoga Federation.


1986, December. Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Carlos Trotta (Yogacharya Vayuananda), both members of Swami Asuri Kapila School, meet the members of Yoga Federation of Brazil, Yoga Association of Brazil and National Union of Yoga, in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Swami Gitananda Giri founds the World Parliament of Yoga or the Vishwa Yoga Samaj at Pondicherry, India.

1987, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) founds the International Professional Yoga Teachers Federation (the first name given to the actual International Yoga Federation) in Montevideo, Uruguay. The first board of International Yoga Federation 1987-1989, is: Honorary President: Mataji Indra Devi (Latvia), President Luiz Alvares de Rose (Brazil) and Secretary General: Swami Maitreyananda (Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D., Uruguay).

Mataji Indra Devi and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)
Luiz Alvares de Rose and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)


1988, the International Yoga Congress meets in 1988 in Zinal, Switzerland to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers; Gerard Blitz and Raoul Lenz from the European Union of Yoga, and Swami Satchidananda, Nancy Ford Khonne and Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA).

1988 Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi dictating the yoga teachers course of the International Yoga Federation in Buenos Aires.


1988, takes place the First World Yoga Congress of IYF at the City Palace of Montevideo Government, in Montevideo, Uruguay, to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Swami Maitreyananda and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, Carlos Fiel from the European Union of Yoga, Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA), Auri Moya from International Yoga Teachers Association of Australia and Puerto Rico, Luiz de Rose from Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Goldemberg from Yoga Association of Argentina, Babaji Singh from Mexico member of Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association of 3HO, Swamini Dayananda from Yoga Association of Uruguay, Swami Pravananda Mexico.
Swami Pranavananda, 1988,
World Yoga Congress at Montevideo City
First World Yoga Congress (1988, Montevideo City, Uruguay).
Gucha Miño, Yoga Federation of Argentina, Larry Payne president of International Association of Yoga Therapist and delegate of Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A) Auri Moya from International Yoga Teachers Association, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego from Latin American Union of Yoga, Carlos Fiel from European Union of Yoga, Sw. Dayananda from Yoga Association of Uruguay, Luiz Alvares De Rose from International Yoga Federation, and Goldemberg from Association of Yoga Teachers of Argentina
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1989, Zinal, Switzerland the International Yoga Congress meets to work toward the integration of continentals and internationals federations. Presents: Gerard Blitz, Secretary General of the European Union of Yoga, Swami Chidananda from the Divine Life Sivananda Ashram, Swami Satchidananda from Integral Yoga USA, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) from South American Integral Yoga and president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and the Latin American Union of Yoga. This congress is considered the base of the International Association of Yoga movement.

Gerard Blitz, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Chidananda and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)

Gerard Blitz becomes gravely ill and asks to integrate all the continental and national yoga organizations in an International Yoga Federation, in order to give yoga some seriousness. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) offers to go forward with the project of Gerard Blitz and Swami Asuri Kapila and he slowly transforms the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers into the International Yoga Federation with a change of statutes.

Gerard Blitz and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) Zinal, 1989

1989, in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, Raoul Lenz (Switzerland), General Secretary of European Union of Yoga meets Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Sw. Maitreyananda), President of Latin America Union and elected president of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, with Silvia Irigoyen (Sw. Dayananda), General Secretary of Latin America Union and Mataji Indra Devi, honorary president of both Latin America Union and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers.


Dayananda, Indra Devi, Fernando Estevez Griego
(Sw. Maitreyananda) and Raoul Lenz

1989, November. In the World Yoga Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mataji Indra Devi and Swami Sarvananda propose that Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) to become the president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) is elected president of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, president of the Latin American Union of Yoga and president of the Yoga Association of Uruguay. He is also member of the World Yoga Council in India, member of the International Yoga Society (U.K.), member of the World Parliament of Yoga in Pondicherry, and vice-president of the International Federation of Yoga Sports. He is part of General Assembly of European Yoga Union in 1988 and 1989 because the Yoga Association of Uruguay is member of EUY and friend with Gerard Blitz. M.S.Viswanath, vice-president of Yoga Federation of India, from Pattabi Jois Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga School, is elected president 1989-1994 of International Federation of Yoga Sports.

Yogacharya Pietro Bonvini from Italy, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Uruguay) and Swami Sarvananda (Romania and Brazil) in the inauguration of World Yoga Conference IYF 1989

1990, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, with Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) president of Latin American Union and President of International Yoga Teachers Federation, Susana Balech from Friends of Yoga Association, Mataji Indra Devi, Diego Martinez president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Rosa Espinosa from Chile, Daniel Espina from Yoga Association of Argentina, Sonia Sumar from Brazil, Swami Sarvananda and the presidents of national yoga associations of South America

1990, International and Latin American Yoga Conference in Curitiba, Brazil. This Conference is organized by Yoga Association of Parana, Latin American Yoga Union and International Yoga Federation, integrating Brazilian associations with the rest of America associations. Were present Swami Sarvananda, Monserrat Rosa Fernandes, Neuva Ribeiro, Proffesor Hermogenes of the Yoga Confederation of Brazil and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

Proffesor Hermogenes of the Brazilian Yoga Confederation with
Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

1991, International Yoga Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone, Sandra Summerfield and Patricia Hansen from Yoga Alliance of USA, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) president of Latin American Union and President of International Yoga Teachers Federation, Prue Ketner from International Yoga Teachers Association of Australia founded by Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda), Mataji Indra Devi, Ferriz Olivares from Great Universal Brotherhood, delegates from South, North and Central American Yoga Organizations and Russian Yoga Organization.

1992, January 12. Meeting in New Delhi, India, Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das is elected the new president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and moves its H.Q. to New Delhi until 1996. At the meeting are present all the leaders of national and state yoga associations of India. The members of World Yoga Council with Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das meet the former board with Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das
Yogacharya Diego Martinez, president of Latin American Union of Yoga, Yogacharya M. S. Viswanath (New Delhi) vicepresident of Yoga Federation of India and president of International Yoga Sports Federation and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Sw. Maitreyananda) of the International Integral Yoga Society

1992, International and Latin American Yoga Conference, Santiago de Chile. Are present: Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) with the Yogacharya Eduardo Nunez, director of the Classical Yoga School, M. Sabate of Yoga Association of Chile, Daniel Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, C. Sainz, president of South American Integral Yoga Association and other directors of Yoga Centres from Chile.

Yogacharya Juan Eduardo Nunez of the Classical Yoga School of Chile and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda)

1993, World Yoga Conference at Pondicherry, India. The leading lights attending were: Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi. Sant Keshava Das, Shri Amrit Desai, Nancy Ford Khone and Patricia Hansen form Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A.) Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda), Pietro Bonvini, Ms. Viswanath, Yogarishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, and Shri MP Pandit, spokesman for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. The leading political dignitaries of Pondicherry State Government including: the Lt. Governor Shri Har Swaroop Singh, Chief Minister Shri A. Gandhiraj, Chief Secretary Shri S. Sharma, Finance Secretary Smt. P.M. Singh and Director of Tourism, Shri V. Shivashanmugam. Participants meet the presidents of state associations that form the Yoga Yoga Federation of India.

1993, Unity in Yoga Conference celebrating 100 years of Yoga in America, in the Pocono Mountains Pensylvania U.S.A., with some of the Yoga masters well known internationally, including Yogi Bhajan, Amrit Desai, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Anandamoy and Dr. Pratap. Also are invited Yoga instructors such as Lilias Folan. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone and Patricia Hansen, leaders of Yoga Alliance of North America (Unity in Yoga), Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda), President of International Yoga Teachers Federation meeting presidents of Yoga States Associations of U.S.A., Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Swami Vidyananda, Nancy Ford Khone and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego .
Rama Vernon, Amrit Desai, Rita Goswami (Dru Yoga), Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego and the president of Russian Yoga Association

1993, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Are present: Professor Hermogenes from Brazil, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda), M.S. Vishwanth from India, Mr Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Sarvananda and 300 yoga teachers from: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, Israel, France, England, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A., Canada and Switzerland.

1994, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Presents: Pietro Bonvini, president Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Tony Sanchez (from Bikram School), president of U.S.A. Yoga Association, Marisol Sabate from Yoga Association of Chile, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Association of Brazil, Daniel Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Ada Saliz, president of Latin American Union of Yoga, Diego Martinez, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego successor of Yogavatar Kirshna Kisore Das, president of International Yoga Federation and World Yoga Council.

1995, Unity in Yoga Conference in Aspen, Colorado. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone, Sandra Summerfield and Patricia Hansen from Yoga Alliance of U.S.A., and Yogacharya Dr. Estevez Griego meeting Russian Yoga Organizations and presidents of Yoga States Associations of U.S.A., Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Rama Veron and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph. D. with Nancy Ford Khone
Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. and Larry
Payne Ph. D. founder of International Association of Yoga Therapist
Swami Vidyananda and Swami Maitreyananda at Unity In Yoga
Conference in Aspen, Colorado

1996, International Yoga Conference and Latin America Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires. Antonietta Rossi the Secretary General from the European Union of Yoga along with the directors from the Latin American Union of Yoga and the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers meet in Argentina to integrate the European Union of Yoga to the International Yoga Federation.

1996, Switzerland. International and European Yoga Meeting. Ada Saliz, the president of the Latin American Union of Yoga, Antonietta Rossi the Secretary General from the European Union of Yoga and Sandra Summerfield Kozak from Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance of U.S.A.) meet in Zinal, Switzerland to propose changing the structure of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and convert it in the World Union of Yoga.

1996, World Yoga Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The new president of the Latin American Yoga Union: Taunay Da Silva Valle, who replaces Ada Saliz, becomes the new president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation) which HQ changes from India to Brazil.

Horivaldo Gomes president of National Integral Yoga Association of Brazil, Tony Sanchez president of U.S.A. Yoga Association, Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Rachel Solberg founder president of Israeli Yoga Teachers Association, Yanquinao Guash president of Yoga Association of Chile, Taunay Vale president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Nilda Conzalez from Paraguay, Swami from China, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego from Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram International Integral Yoga Society and Ada Saliz from Latin America Union of Yoga and Swami Varuna and Clementina Bonvini

1997, International Yoga Conference and Latin American Yoga Conference at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Presents: Swami Buaji from India, future honorary president of International Yoga Federation, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez-Griego (Maitreyananda) , Prof. Hermogenes, Horivaldo Gomes, president of National Integral Yoga Association of Brazil, Caudia Sanz from South America Yoga Association of Integral Yoga, Neusa Verissimo, president of National Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Prof. De Rose, president of National Yoga Confederation, Taunay Valle, president of Brazilian Yoga Confederation and all yoga centres from Brazil

Swami Buaji

1997, World Yoga Conference and European Yoga Conference "Euro Yoga" at Genoa, Italy. Are present: Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Harmond Hatway President of American Yoga Foundation, Varagi secretary of Indian Yoga Federation, Bal Muknd, Moraji National Yoga Institute of Goverment of India, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Varuna, Yogacharini Clementina Pascale from Italy, Swami Nlagame from Mauritius Yoga Association, Caudia Sanz from South America Yoga Association of Integral Yoga and 50 delegates of Europe.

1998, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Taunay Valle, president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation), Rama Vernon of Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A.), Yogacharya Estevez Griego president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Tom Styles from Restorative Yoga Therapy Centre, Neusa Verissimo from Yoga Confederation of Brazil and 200 yoga teachers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, Israel, France, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A. and Canada. Unity in Yoga International changes its statutes and becomes Yoga Alliance of USA under the presidency of Patricia Hasen.
1999, World Yoga Conference of Montevideo, Uruguay. Taunay Valle, president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation), Yogacharya Estevez Griego, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Daniel Petrov and Viara, president of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Miryam Segundo, President of Yoga Association of Uruguay, delegation of Indian Yoga Federation and 150 yoga teachers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A. and Canada meet in the congress.

2000, World Yoga Conference and 14th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation (Formed World Union of Yoga), New Delhi, India. Are present:
Yogacharya Dr. Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga and Secretary of Indian Yoga Federation, Dr. Dayma secretary of Asian Union of Yoga, North India Yoga Federation and Yoga Federation of India, Swami Vidyananda, Yoga Alliance International, Yoga Alliance India and member of Aurobindo Ashram, Yogacharya Dr. Estevez Griego from Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Chaitanya, Cosmic Yoga Foundation, Taunay Valle, president of International Yoga Federation, Master Karina Dupre, vice president of Latin America Union, Master Lino Celtrone from Italy, Sri Gopalji, Delhi Yoga Association, Patel, president of Delhi Yoga Association, Dharam Vir Indian Yoga Federation, Dr Koushi from Russia, Andre from Ukraine, Dr Mazundar, Indian Yoga Federation, Dr Rita Balla vice president of Indian Yoga Federation, Dept of Yoga Studies Himalach Pradesh University, Igor Subbutin, director of Yoga Centre of Moscow Russia, Yogamaharishi Dr. B Gopalananda, vice president of Indian Yoga Federation, Bal Mukund Singh, Moraji National Yoga Institute of Delhi, India.

Sri Gopalji and Swami Maitreyananda lead the integration of Asian Union of Yoga, Yoga Centres of Asia, all Yoga States Associations of India, Indian Yoga Federation, North Indian Yoga Federation, and different ashrams and schools of yoga from India, to become members of International Yoga Federation. After this resolution, India has the majority of the general assembly of IYF and changes the structure and politics of IYF.

Swami Vidyananda president of International Yoga Alliance member of Aurobindo Ashram with Swami Maitreyananda president of Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram ® in Argentina at Aurobindo Ashram of New Delhi.

2000, Rishikesh International Yoga Federation Yoga Conference, Sri Gopalji, Swami Vidyananda, Swami Maitreyananda and Taunay Valle have a general meeting at Parmath Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh with Swami Chidananda, members of yoga federations of India, members of International Yoga Federation and Asian Union of Yoga. They all meet different leaders of Ashrams in Rishikesh.

Swami Gopalananda from Yoga Confederation of India, Dr Gopalji, president of the Asian Union of Yoga, Swami Vidyananda president of the Yoga Alliance International and Swami Maitreyananda president of the International Integral Yoga Society, AUROBINDO SIVANANDA ASHRAM.

2001, World Yoga Conference of IYF, Rio Janeiro, Brazil. General Assembly of International Yoga Federation. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego is elected president 2002-2005 (after 18 years of work for bring together international, continental and national yoga federations). The vice presidents elected are Yogasiromani Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, and Yogacharini Paia Irigoyen (Swamini Dayananda) from Latin America Union of Yoga and Yoga Association of Uruguay. In the meeting are present: K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Myriam Segundo, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, Yogacharya Babakar Khane from Senegal and France, director of International Yoga Institute from Paris., Satyendra, president of Yoga Federation of Canada, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club from Ukraine and Gabriel Collazo from International Yogatherapy Association.

2002, IYF International Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The World Union of Yoga, definitely establishes the institutional name: International Yoga Federation. Presents: Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Ashok Agarwal, secretary general of Yoga Federation of India, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Myriam Segundo, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, Swami Dayananda, president of Latin American Union of Yoga and member of Yoga Centres of Europe.

2003, World Yoga Conference of IYF in Santa Maria, Portugal. 17th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, 2nd European Yoga Conference “Euro Yoga 2003”.Yogacharya Dr.Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation, leads the integration of Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, Swami Saradananda, president of British Yoga Teachers Association, Beatriz Portugues, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, George Strovarts, honorary president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Carlos, president of Yoga Association of Portugal, Amadio Bianchi, president of Yoga Confederation of Italy, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Swami Narayana, Erick Schultz of Suddha Dharma Mandalam of Brazil, members of Yoga Association of Cuba, members of International Yoga Institute of Babkar Khane, Mrs Mesko from Slovenia, Yogasiromani Dr Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga and the new Yoga Confederation of India, Yogacharini Eugenia Salas president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Antonio Sausys Sat Yoga, Yogatherapy Conferences, K.C. Sharma, president Yoga Federation of India, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club of Ukraine, Swami Ramalingan from Sivananda Yoga Centre of Tamil Nadu and Radhakrishna from India.

Santa Maria, Oporto, Portugal 2003
Santa Maria, Oporto, Portugal 2003

2003, OFFICIAL DECLATARATION OF RISHIKESH AS WORLD YOGA CAPITAL. International Yoga Meeting in New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. Yogacharya F. Estevez Griego (Sw Maitreyananda), president of International Yoga Federation meet leaders of national and states yoga organizations of India. International Yoga Federation officially declares Rishikesh City the Yoga Capital of the World or World Yoga Capital on behalf the Worldwide Yoga Community.

Rishikesh, India.

2004, 18th World Yoga Conference of IYF and 18th General Assembly of IYF in Madrid, Spain, 3rd European Yoga Conference “Euro Yoga 2004”. Under the direction of Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation. Presents: Sri Ajita, president of Raja Yoga Federation of Holland, Aruna (Surinam) member of Raja Yoga Institute of Holland, Bala Rita, member of Yoga Cofederation of India and director of HP University, Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, President of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports and vice president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club of Ukraine, Amadio Bianchi, president of Yoga Confederation of Italy, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Habib BA from Yoga Assocation of Spain (member of European Union of Yoga), Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Beatriz Portugues, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, members of Kriya Yoga Federation of Italy (Satyananda), Maite from Yoga Federation of Spain, Mimoun (Morocco) from Karate and Yoga Teachers Association, Swami Vivekananda from Agama Association from Thailand and more than 50 delegates.


Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain 2004
Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance


2004, 19th World Yoga Conference of New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. 3rd Asian and Indian Yoga Conference “IndiaYoga 2004”. With the presidency of Swami Madhvananda Shakaracharya de Prayag and Swami Maitreyananda (Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego).

 
The Pontiff Hindu Shankaracharya of Prayag, Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Yoga Federation, Shri VK Malhotra, leader of National Hindu Party and vice president of Indian Olympic Association, and Yogacharya Prabhakraji Mishra the president of World Brahmin Federation and World Parliment of Religions.
India 2004


Yogacharya Mishra, Swami Maitreyananda and Tai Situpa Rimpoche the Spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhist and Emanation of Maitreya Buddha
2004 Ceremony at Holy Ganga River, Swami Chidananda Maharaj and Swami Maitreyananda at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India.

2005, 20th World Yoga Conference of IYF at Milan, Italy. 19th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, 4th European Yoga Conference, Euro Yoga 2005. With the guidance and presidency of Yogacharya Dr.Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation, are present: Kali Ray, president of Tri Yoga International, Mantra Master Krishna Das from Italy, Sushil Batacharya from Nepal and Ruth Batacharya from Swiss Yoga Federation, Anabela Tavares from Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, Dr. Bernard Auriol MD (France), Reverend Sri Roy Eugene Davis Kriya Yoga USA direct disciple of Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Joythimayananda (Sri Lanka), President of International Ayurved College in Italy, Sri Vijayananda, principal of Rishikesh Yoga Foundation, Amadio Bianchi, president of new European Yoga Federation, Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance and Sri Ajita, president of European Yoga Council and Raja Yoga Federation of Holland, Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports and vice president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Habib BA from Yoga Association of Spain (member of European Union of Yoga), Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, members of Kriya Yoga Federation of Italy (Satyananda), Maite from Yoga Federation of Spain, Mimoun (Morocco) from Karate and Yoga teachers association, Swami Vivekananda from Agama Thailand Association, Andre Rihel, president of Traditional Yoga Federation of France, Charlie Stevens president of Yoga Federation of Ireland and more than 50 delegates.

Milan, Italy 2005
Yogacharya Fernando Estevez - Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Kali Ray, founder of Tri Yoga International
Yogacharya Sushil Bhattacharya and Ruth Bhattacharya, Sapta Yoga International of Switzerland and Nepal

2005, December. Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) leaves the presidency of IYF after 4 years of dedicating fully, to lead International Integral Yoga Society Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram.

2006, February. Montevideo, Uruguay. International Yoga Conference of IYF and 20th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, Swamini Dayananda Ma is elected the new president of the International Yoga Federation until 2010. The International Yoga Federation´s H.Q. and offices are in Montevideo since 2006.

Swamini Dayananda.
President of International Yoga Federation 2006 - 2010

2006, October. International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal. With the presidency and guidance of Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Integral Yoga Society and Swamini Taraji Dharmacharini Beatriz Portugues. With Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, members of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, Swami Omkarananda, president of International Classical Yoga Federation, members of Hindu Community of Portugal and Hindu Temple, Oksana from Ukraine Yoga Centre, Guilermo Ferrara, president of Tantra Yoga Association and presidents of states yoga associations of Portugal.

Swamini Taraji Dharmacharini (Beatriz Portugues)
and Swami Maitreyananda.
International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal

2006, October. International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal.

2006, December. 21th. World Yoga Conference, Global Yoga Festival of IYF and General meeting of World Yoga Council in New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. With the leadership and presidency of Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Integral Yoga Society Aurobindo Sivananda and H.H. Jagatguru Shankaracharya Omkarananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj of Prayag Peeth (India), with Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, H.H. Acharya Dr. Prabhakar Mishra (India) president of World Religous Parlament, president of Brahmin World Federation, World Ayurveda Academy and Universal Sanathana Dharma Foundation, Yogacharya Dr. B. Gopalananda, director of Sri Vishwa Ashram and the International Yoga Academy, secretary of Tamil Nadu Yoga Association, Yogacharini Swami Saradananda (USA), president of British Yoga Teachers Association, Swami Ma Thayeananda Devi, Yogacharini Clementina Parziale Bonvini from Italy, director of Ananta Ashram International & secretary of Italian Yoga Sports Federation, Dr Chidananda Murthy (India), director of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy from Dept of Ayurveda, Yoga, Umani, Siddha and Homeopathy of Ministry of Health and F. W Govt. of India, Dr. S.N. Pandey (India), member of Dr. R.M.L. Hospital, Swamini Gauri (Uruguay), president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, presidents of all national and states yoga association of India. Swami Ramananda from Hanuman Temple, Swami Viswananada, Swami Shankara, swami Chidananda, members of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Beatriz Portuges, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal.

Rishikesh, Himalayas
Swami Chidananda Muniji, Sw. Maitreyananda, Swamini Tara and Dr .Gopalji at
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
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Sw. Gauri Ma, Sw. Maitreyananda, Dr. Gopalji and Shankaracharya of Prayag (India)

2007, June. 22th World Yoga Conference and General Assembly of IYF in Mexico DF and Cancún. Mexico. Organized and directed by Swami Shivadev, president of Yoga Alliance of Mexico and Swamini Gauri, president of Latin America Union of Yoga. Are present in the conference delegates of Singapure, China, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Cuba.

Swami Maitreyananda, Swamini Gauri Ma and
Swamini Lakshmi (Mexico) 2007

2008, 23th World Yoga Conference and General Assembly of IYF at Montevideo, Uruguay with the leadership of Swamini Dayananda Ma, president of International Yoga Federation, delegates of Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Israel, France, Hungary, Romania, U.K. India, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, Poland, Colombia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Cuba.

2008, Yoga Conference in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Are present Swami Maitreyananda, Swamini Lakshmi, Swamini Kali, Swamini Yoga Shakti, Swamini Maia Prem, Swamini Ganga, Swamini Padma, Yogacharini Viviana Sapia and Swamini Shakti Ma.

Swamini Padma, Swami Maitreyananda, Swamini Kali, Swamini Yogashakti, Swamini Maia, Swamini Lakshmi, Swamini Ganga, Yogacharini Viviana Sapia and Swamini Shakti Ma.

2008, June. International Yoga Convention and International Yogatherapy Conference in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. With the guidance of Swami Shivadev president of Yoga Alliance of Mexico, are present delegates of Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Spain, Portugal and Cuba.


International Yoga Convention and International Yogatherapy Conference
in Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

1986, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) meets the leader and general secretary of European Union of Yoga Gerard Blitz in Paris, to work with the Latin American Union of Yoga and create the future International Yoga Federation.


1986, December. Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Carlos Trotta (Yogacharya Vayuananda), both members of Swami Asuri Kapila School, meet the members of Yoga Federation of Brazil, Yoga Association of Brazil and National Union of Yoga, in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Swami Gitananda Giri founds the World Parliament of Yoga or the Vishwa Yoga Samaj at Pondicherry, India.

1987, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) founds the International Professional Yoga Teachers Federation (the first name given to the actual International Yoga Federation) in Montevideo, Uruguay. The first board of International Yoga Federation 1987-1989, is: Honorary President: Mataji Indra Devi (Latvia), President Luiz Alvares de Rose (Brazil) and Secretary General: Swami Maitreyananda (Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D., Uruguay).

Mataji Indra Devi and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)
Luiz Alvares de Rose and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)


1988, the International Yoga Congress meets in 1988 in Zinal, Switzerland to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers; Gerard Blitz and Raoul Lenz from the European Union of Yoga, and Swami Satchidananda, Nancy Ford Khonne and Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA).

1988 Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Mataji Indra Devi dictating the yoga teachers course of the International Yoga Federation in Buenos Aires.


1988, takes place the First World Yoga Congress of IYF at the City Palace of Montevideo Government, in Montevideo, Uruguay, to work towards the integration of national yoga associations. Presents: Swami Maitreyananda and Mataji Indra Devi from Latin American Union of Yoga and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, Carlos Fiel from the European Union of Yoga, Larry Payne from Unity in Yoga International (Yoga Alliance of USA), Auri Moya from International Yoga Teachers Association of Australia and Puerto Rico, Luiz de Rose from Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Goldemberg from Yoga Association of Argentina, Babaji Singh from Mexico member of Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association of 3HO, Swamini Dayananda from Yoga Association of Uruguay, Swami Pravananda Mexico.
Swami Pranavananda, 1988,
World Yoga Congress at Montevideo City
First World Yoga Congress (1988, Montevideo City, Uruguay).
Gucha Miño, Yoga Federation of Argentina, Larry Payne president of International Association of Yoga Therapist and delegate of Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A) Auri Moya from International Yoga Teachers Association, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego from Latin American Union of Yoga, Carlos Fiel from European Union of Yoga, Sw. Dayananda from Yoga Association of Uruguay, Luiz Alvares De Rose from International Yoga Federation, and Goldemberg from Association of Yoga Teachers of Argentina
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1989, Zinal, Switzerland the International Yoga Congress meets to work toward the integration of continentals and internationals federations. Presents: Gerard Blitz, Secretary General of the European Union of Yoga, Swami Chidananda from the Divine Life Sivananda Ashram, Swami Satchidananda from Integral Yoga USA, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) from South American Integral Yoga and president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and the Latin American Union of Yoga. This congress is considered the base of the International Association of Yoga movement.

Gerard Blitz, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Chidananda and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda)

Gerard Blitz becomes gravely ill and asks to integrate all the continental and national yoga organizations in an International Yoga Federation, in order to give yoga some seriousness. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) offers to go forward with the project of Gerard Blitz and Swami Asuri Kapila and he slowly transforms the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers into the International Yoga Federation with a change of statutes.

Gerard Blitz and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) Zinal, 1989

1989, in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, Raoul Lenz (Switzerland), General Secretary of European Union of Yoga meets Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Sw. Maitreyananda), President of Latin America Union and elected president of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, with Silvia Irigoyen (Sw. Dayananda), General Secretary of Latin America Union and Mataji Indra Devi, honorary president of both Latin America Union and International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers.


Dayananda, Indra Devi, Fernando Estevez Griego
(Sw. Maitreyananda) and Raoul Lenz

1989, November. In the World Yoga Conference in Montevideo, Uruguay, Mataji Indra Devi and Swami Sarvananda propose that Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) to become the president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) is elected president of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers, president of the Latin American Union of Yoga and president of the Yoga Association of Uruguay. He is also member of the World Yoga Council in India, member of the International Yoga Society (U.K.), member of the World Parliament of Yoga in Pondicherry, and vice-president of the International Federation of Yoga Sports. He is part of General Assembly of European Yoga Union in 1988 and 1989 because the Yoga Association of Uruguay is member of EUY and friend with Gerard Blitz. M.S.Viswanath, vice-president of Yoga Federation of India, from Pattabi Jois Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga School, is elected president 1989-1994 of International Federation of Yoga Sports.

Yogacharya Pietro Bonvini from Italy, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Uruguay) and Swami Sarvananda (Romania and Brazil) in the inauguration of World Yoga Conference IYF 1989

1990, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires City, Argentina, with Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) president of Latin American Union and President of International Yoga Teachers Federation, Susana Balech from Friends of Yoga Association, Mataji Indra Devi, Diego Martinez president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Rosa Espinosa from Chile, Daniel Espina from Yoga Association of Argentina, Sonia Sumar from Brazil, Swami Sarvananda and the presidents of national yoga associations of South America

1990, International and Latin American Yoga Conference in Curitiba, Brazil. This Conference is organized by Yoga Association of Parana, Latin American Yoga Union and International Yoga Federation, integrating Brazilian associations with the rest of America associations. Were present Swami Sarvananda, Monserrat Rosa Fernandes, Neuva Ribeiro, Proffesor Hermogenes of the Yoga Confederation of Brazil and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

Proffesor Hermogenes of the Brazilian Yoga Confederation with
Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

1991, International Yoga Conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone, Sandra Summerfield and Patricia Hansen from Yoga Alliance of USA, Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) president of Latin American Union and President of International Yoga Teachers Federation, Prue Ketner from International Yoga Teachers Association of Australia founded by Roma Blair (Swami Nirmalananda), Mataji Indra Devi, Ferriz Olivares from Great Universal Brotherhood, delegates from South, North and Central American Yoga Organizations and Russian Yoga Organization.

1992, January 12. Meeting in New Delhi, India, Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das is elected the new president of the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and moves its H.Q. to New Delhi until 1996. At the meeting are present all the leaders of national and state yoga associations of India. The members of World Yoga Council with Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das meet the former board with Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda).

Yogavatar Krishna Kisore Das
Yogacharya Diego Martinez, president of Latin American Union of Yoga, Yogacharya M. S. Viswanath (New Delhi) vicepresident of Yoga Federation of India and president of International Yoga Sports Federation and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Sw. Maitreyananda) of the International Integral Yoga Society

1992, International and Latin American Yoga Conference, Santiago de Chile. Are present: Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) with the Yogacharya Eduardo Nunez, director of the Classical Yoga School, M. Sabate of Yoga Association of Chile, Daniel Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, C. Sainz, president of South American Integral Yoga Association and other directors of Yoga Centres from Chile.

Yogacharya Juan Eduardo Nunez of the Classical Yoga School of Chile and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda)

1993, World Yoga Conference at Pondicherry, India. The leading lights attending were: Sri Swami Dayananda Saraswathi. Sant Keshava Das, Shri Amrit Desai, Nancy Ford Khone and Patricia Hansen form Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A.) Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda), Pietro Bonvini, Ms. Viswanath, Yogarishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, and Shri MP Pandit, spokesman for the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry. The leading political dignitaries of Pondicherry State Government including: the Lt. Governor Shri Har Swaroop Singh, Chief Minister Shri A. Gandhiraj, Chief Secretary Shri S. Sharma, Finance Secretary Smt. P.M. Singh and Director of Tourism, Shri V. Shivashanmugam. Participants meet the presidents of state associations that form the Yoga Yoga Federation of India.

1993, Unity in Yoga Conference celebrating 100 years of Yoga in America, in the Pocono Mountains Pensylvania U.S.A., with some of the Yoga masters well known internationally, including Yogi Bhajan, Amrit Desai, Swami Satchidananda, Swami Anandamoy and Dr. Pratap. Also are invited Yoga instructors such as Lilias Folan. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone and Patricia Hansen, leaders of Yoga Alliance of North America (Unity in Yoga), Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda), President of International Yoga Teachers Federation meeting presidents of Yoga States Associations of U.S.A., Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Swami Vidyananda, Nancy Ford Khone and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego .
Rama Vernon, Amrit Desai, Rita Goswami (Dru Yoga), Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego and the president of Russian Yoga Association

1993, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Are present: Professor Hermogenes from Brazil, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda), M.S. Vishwanth from India, Mr Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Sarvananda and 300 yoga teachers from: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, Israel, France, England, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A., Canada and Switzerland.

1994, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Presents: Pietro Bonvini, president Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Tony Sanchez (from Bikram School), president of U.S.A. Yoga Association, Marisol Sabate from Yoga Association of Chile, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Association of Brazil, Daniel Espina, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Ada Saliz, president of Latin American Union of Yoga, Diego Martinez, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego successor of Yogavatar Kirshna Kisore Das, president of International Yoga Federation and World Yoga Council.

1995, Unity in Yoga Conference in Aspen, Colorado. Are present: Rama Vernon, Nancy Ford Khone, Sandra Summerfield and Patricia Hansen from Yoga Alliance of U.S.A., and Yogacharya Dr. Estevez Griego meeting Russian Yoga Organizations and presidents of Yoga States Associations of U.S.A., Russia, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.

Rama Veron and Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph. D. with Nancy Ford Khone
Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego Ph.D. and Larry
Payne Ph. D. founder of International Association of Yoga Therapist
Swami Vidyananda and Swami Maitreyananda at Unity In Yoga
Conference in Aspen, Colorado

1996, International Yoga Conference and Latin America Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires. Antonietta Rossi the Secretary General from the European Union of Yoga along with the directors from the Latin American Union of Yoga and the International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers meet in Argentina to integrate the European Union of Yoga to the International Yoga Federation.

1996, Switzerland. International and European Yoga Meeting. Ada Saliz, the president of the Latin American Union of Yoga, Antonietta Rossi the Secretary General from the European Union of Yoga and Sandra Summerfield Kozak from Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance of U.S.A.) meet in Zinal, Switzerland to propose changing the structure of International Federation of Professional Yoga Teachers and convert it in the World Union of Yoga.

1996, World Yoga Conference in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The new president of the Latin American Yoga Union: Taunay Da Silva Valle, who replaces Ada Saliz, becomes the new president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation) which HQ changes from India to Brazil.

Horivaldo Gomes president of National Integral Yoga Association of Brazil, Tony Sanchez president of U.S.A. Yoga Association, Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Rachel Solberg founder president of Israeli Yoga Teachers Association, Yanquinao Guash president of Yoga Association of Chile, Taunay Vale president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Nilda Conzalez from Paraguay, Swami from China, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego from Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram International Integral Yoga Society and Ada Saliz from Latin America Union of Yoga and Swami Varuna and Clementina Bonvini

1997, International Yoga Conference and Latin American Yoga Conference at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Presents: Swami Buaji from India, future honorary president of International Yoga Federation, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez-Griego (Maitreyananda) , Prof. Hermogenes, Horivaldo Gomes, president of National Integral Yoga Association of Brazil, Caudia Sanz from South America Yoga Association of Integral Yoga, Neusa Verissimo, president of National Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Prof. De Rose, president of National Yoga Confederation, Taunay Valle, president of Brazilian Yoga Confederation and all yoga centres from Brazil

Swami Buaji

1997, World Yoga Conference and European Yoga Conference "Euro Yoga" at Genoa, Italy. Are present: Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Harmond Hatway President of American Yoga Foundation, Varagi secretary of Indian Yoga Federation, Bal Muknd, Moraji National Yoga Institute of Goverment of India, Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Varuna, Yogacharini Clementina Pascale from Italy, Swami Nlagame from Mauritius Yoga Association, Caudia Sanz from South America Yoga Association of Integral Yoga and 50 delegates of Europe.

1998, World Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with Taunay Valle, president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation), Rama Vernon of Unity in Yoga (Yoga Alliance U.S.A.), Yogacharya Estevez Griego president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Pietro Bonvini president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Tom Styles from Restorative Yoga Therapy Centre, Neusa Verissimo from Yoga Confederation of Brazil and 200 yoga teachers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, Israel, France, Venezuela, Mexico, France, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A. and Canada. Unity in Yoga International changes its statutes and becomes Yoga Alliance of USA under the presidency of Patricia Hasen.
1999, World Yoga Conference of Montevideo, Uruguay. Taunay Valle, president of World Union of Yoga (International Yoga Federation), Yogacharya Estevez Griego, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Daniel Petrov and Viara, president of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Miryam Segundo, President of Yoga Association of Uruguay, delegation of Indian Yoga Federation and 150 yoga teachers from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Portugal, Spain, Italy, India, France, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, U.S.A. and Canada meet in the congress.

2000, World Yoga Conference and 14th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation (Formed World Union of Yoga), New Delhi, India. Are present:
Yogacharya Dr. Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga and Secretary of Indian Yoga Federation, Dr. Dayma secretary of Asian Union of Yoga, North India Yoga Federation and Yoga Federation of India, Swami Vidyananda, Yoga Alliance International, Yoga Alliance India and member of Aurobindo Ashram, Yogacharya Dr. Estevez Griego from Yoga Federation of Argentina, Swami Chaitanya, Cosmic Yoga Foundation, Taunay Valle, president of International Yoga Federation, Master Karina Dupre, vice president of Latin America Union, Master Lino Celtrone from Italy, Sri Gopalji, Delhi Yoga Association, Patel, president of Delhi Yoga Association, Dharam Vir Indian Yoga Federation, Dr Koushi from Russia, Andre from Ukraine, Dr Mazundar, Indian Yoga Federation, Dr Rita Balla vice president of Indian Yoga Federation, Dept of Yoga Studies Himalach Pradesh University, Igor Subbutin, director of Yoga Centre of Moscow Russia, Yogamaharishi Dr. B Gopalananda, vice president of Indian Yoga Federation, Bal Mukund Singh, Moraji National Yoga Institute of Delhi, India.

Sri Gopalji and Swami Maitreyananda lead the integration of Asian Union of Yoga, Yoga Centres of Asia, all Yoga States Associations of India, Indian Yoga Federation, North Indian Yoga Federation, and different ashrams and schools of yoga from India, to become members of International Yoga Federation. After this resolution, India has the majority of the general assembly of IYF and changes the structure and politics of IYF.

Swami Vidyananda president of International Yoga Alliance member of Aurobindo Ashram with Swami Maitreyananda president of Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram ® in Argentina at Aurobindo Ashram of New Delhi.

2000, Rishikesh International Yoga Federation Yoga Conference, Sri Gopalji, Swami Vidyananda, Swami Maitreyananda and Taunay Valle have a general meeting at Parmath Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh with Swami Chidananda, members of yoga federations of India, members of International Yoga Federation and Asian Union of Yoga. They all meet different leaders of Ashrams in Rishikesh.

Swami Gopalananda from Yoga Confederation of India, Dr Gopalji, president of the Asian Union of Yoga, Swami Vidyananda president of the Yoga Alliance International and Swami Maitreyananda president of the International Integral Yoga Society, AUROBINDO SIVANANDA ASHRAM.

2001, World Yoga Conference of IYF, Rio Janeiro, Brazil. General Assembly of International Yoga Federation. Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego is elected president 2002-2005 (after 18 years of work for bring together international, continental and national yoga federations). The vice presidents elected are Yogasiromani Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, and Yogacharini Paia Irigoyen (Swamini Dayananda) from Latin America Union of Yoga and Yoga Association of Uruguay. In the meeting are present: K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Myriam Segundo, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, Yogacharya Babakar Khane from Senegal and France, director of International Yoga Institute from Paris., Satyendra, president of Yoga Federation of Canada, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club from Ukraine and Gabriel Collazo from International Yogatherapy Association.

2002, IYF International Yoga Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The World Union of Yoga, definitely establishes the institutional name: International Yoga Federation. Presents: Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Ashok Agarwal, secretary general of Yoga Federation of India, Taunay Valle, president of Yoga Confederation of Brazil, Myriam Segundo, president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Dr Gopalji from Asian Union of Yoga and Yoga Confederation of India, Swami Dayananda, president of Latin American Union of Yoga and member of Yoga Centres of Europe.

2003, World Yoga Conference of IYF in Santa Maria, Portugal. 17th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, 2nd European Yoga Conference “Euro Yoga 2003”.Yogacharya Dr.Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation, leads the integration of Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, Swami Saradananda, president of British Yoga Teachers Association, Beatriz Portugues, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, George Strovarts, honorary president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Carlos, president of Yoga Association of Portugal, Amadio Bianchi, president of Yoga Confederation of Italy, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Swami Narayana, Erick Schultz of Suddha Dharma Mandalam of Brazil, members of Yoga Association of Cuba, members of International Yoga Institute of Babkar Khane, Mrs Mesko from Slovenia, Yogasiromani Dr Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga and the new Yoga Confederation of India, Yogacharini Eugenia Salas president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Antonio Sausys Sat Yoga, Yogatherapy Conferences, K.C. Sharma, president Yoga Federation of India, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club of Ukraine, Swami Ramalingan from Sivananda Yoga Centre of Tamil Nadu and Radhakrishna from India.

Santa Maria, Oporto, Portugal 2003
Santa Maria, Oporto, Portugal 2003

2003, OFFICIAL DECLATARATION OF RISHIKESH AS WORLD YOGA CAPITAL. International Yoga Meeting in New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. Yogacharya F. Estevez Griego (Sw Maitreyananda), president of International Yoga Federation meet leaders of national and states yoga organizations of India. International Yoga Federation officially declares Rishikesh City the Yoga Capital of the World or World Yoga Capital on behalf the Worldwide Yoga Community.

Rishikesh, India.

2004, 18th World Yoga Conference of IYF and 18th General Assembly of IYF in Madrid, Spain, 3rd European Yoga Conference “Euro Yoga 2004”. Under the direction of Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, and Yogacharya Dr. Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation. Presents: Sri Ajita, president of Raja Yoga Federation of Holland, Aruna (Surinam) member of Raja Yoga Institute of Holland, Bala Rita, member of Yoga Cofederation of India and director of HP University, Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, President of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports and vice president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Roma Rokotyol and Anatoly Zencheko from Ashtanga Yoga Club of Ukraine, Amadio Bianchi, president of Yoga Confederation of Italy, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Habib BA from Yoga Assocation of Spain (member of European Union of Yoga), Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, Beatriz Portugues, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, members of Kriya Yoga Federation of Italy (Satyananda), Maite from Yoga Federation of Spain, Mimoun (Morocco) from Karate and Yoga Teachers Association, Swami Vivekananda from Agama Association from Thailand and more than 50 delegates.


Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain 2004
Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance


2004, 19th World Yoga Conference of New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. 3rd Asian and Indian Yoga Conference “IndiaYoga 2004”. With the presidency of Swami Madhvananda Shakaracharya de Prayag and Swami Maitreyananda (Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego).

 
The Pontiff Hindu Shankaracharya of Prayag, Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Yoga Federation, Shri VK Malhotra, leader of National Hindu Party and vice president of Indian Olympic Association, and Yogacharya Prabhakraji Mishra the president of World Brahmin Federation and World Parliment of Religions.
India 2004


Yogacharya Mishra, Swami Maitreyananda and Tai Situpa Rimpoche the Spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhist and Emanation of Maitreya Buddha
2004 Ceremony at Holy Ganga River, Swami Chidananda Maharaj and Swami Maitreyananda at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, India.

2005, 20th World Yoga Conference of IYF at Milan, Italy. 19th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, 4th European Yoga Conference, Euro Yoga 2005. With the guidance and presidency of Yogacharya Dr.Fernando Estevez Griego, president of International Yoga Federation, are present: Kali Ray, president of Tri Yoga International, Mantra Master Krishna Das from Italy, Sushil Batacharya from Nepal and Ruth Batacharya from Swiss Yoga Federation, Anabela Tavares from Integral Yoga Association of Portugal, Dr. Bernard Auriol MD (France), Reverend Sri Roy Eugene Davis Kriya Yoga USA direct disciple of Paramahamsa Yogananda, Swami Joythimayananda (Sri Lanka), President of International Ayurved College in Italy, Sri Vijayananda, principal of Rishikesh Yoga Foundation, Amadio Bianchi, president of new European Yoga Federation, Yogacharya Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance and Sri Ajita, president of European Yoga Council and Raja Yoga Federation of Holland, Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports and vice president of International Yoga Federation, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, Franca Sachi, honorary president of European Yoga Federation, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, Habib BA from Yoga Association of Spain (member of European Union of Yoga), Tino, president of Yoga Federation of Portugal, members of Kriya Yoga Federation of Italy (Satyananda), Maite from Yoga Federation of Spain, Mimoun (Morocco) from Karate and Yoga teachers association, Swami Vivekananda from Agama Thailand Association, Andre Rihel, president of Traditional Yoga Federation of France, Charlie Stevens president of Yoga Federation of Ireland and more than 50 delegates.

Milan, Italy 2005
Yogacharya Fernando Estevez - Griego Ph.D. (Swami Maitreyananda) and Kali Ray, founder of Tri Yoga International
Yogacharya Sushil Bhattacharya and Ruth Bhattacharya, Sapta Yoga International of Switzerland and Nepal

2005, December. Yogacharya Fernando Estevez Griego (Swami Maitreyananda) leaves the presidency of IYF after 4 years of dedicating fully, to lead International Integral Yoga Society Aurobindo Sivananda Ashram.

2006, February. Montevideo, Uruguay. International Yoga Conference of IYF and 20th General Assembly of International Yoga Federation, Swamini Dayananda Ma is elected the new president of the International Yoga Federation until 2010. The International Yoga Federation´s H.Q. and offices are in Montevideo since 2006.

Swamini Dayananda.
President of International Yoga Federation 2006 - 2010

2006, October Francophone Yoga Conference, Quebec, Canada

2006, October. International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal. With the presidency and guidance of Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Integral Yoga Society and Swamini Taraji Dharmacharini Beatriz Portugues. With Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, members of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Pietro Bonvini, president of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Carlos Miguel Perez, president of European Yoga Alliance, Swami Omkarananda, president of International Classical Yoga Federation, members of Hindu Community of Portugal and Hindu Temple, Oksana from Ukraine Yoga Centre, Guilermo Ferrara, president of Tantra Yoga Association and presidents of states yoga associations of Portugal.

Swamini Taraji Dharmacharini (Beatriz Portugues)
and Swami Maitreyananda.
International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal

2006, October. International Yoga Festival at Lisbon, Portugal.

2006, December. 21th. World Yoga Conference, Global Yoga Festival of IYF and General meeting of World Yoga Council in New Delhi and Rishikesh, India. With the leadership and presidency of Swami Maitreyananda, president of International Integral Yoga Society Aurobindo Sivananda and H.H. Jagatguru Shankaracharya Omkarananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj of Prayag Peeth (India), with Sri Gopalji, president of Asian Union of Yoga, president of Yoga Confederation of India, president of International Federation of Yoga Sports, K.C. Sharma, president of Yoga Federation of India, H.H. Acharya Dr. Prabhakar Mishra (India) president of World Religous Parlament, president of Brahmin World Federation, World Ayurveda Academy and Universal Sanathana Dharma Foundation, Yogacharya Dr. B. Gopalananda, director of Sri Vishwa Ashram and the International Yoga Academy, secretary of Tamil Nadu Yoga Association, Yogacharini Swami Saradananda (USA), president of British Yoga Teachers Association, Swami Ma Thayeananda Devi, Yogacharini Clementina Parziale Bonvini from Italy, director of Ananta Ashram International & secretary of Italian Yoga Sports Federation, Dr Chidananda Murthy (India), director of Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy from Dept of Ayurveda, Yoga, Umani, Siddha and Homeopathy of Ministry of Health and F. W Govt. of India, Dr. S.N. Pandey (India), member of Dr. R.M.L. Hospital, Swamini Gauri (Uruguay), president of Yoga Association of Uruguay, Eugenia Salas, president of Yoga Federation of Argentina, presidents of all national and states yoga association of India. Swami Ramananda from Hanuman Temple, Swami Viswananada, Swami Shankara, swami Chidananda, members of Yoga Federation of Bulgary, Pietro Bonvini, President of Italian Yoga Schools Federation, Beatriz Portuges, president of Integral Yoga Association of Portugal.

Rishikesh, Himalayas
Swami Chidananda Muniji, Sw. Maitreyananda, Swamini Tara and Dr .Gopalji at
Parmarth Niketan Ashram
.
Sw. Gauri Ma, Sw. Maitreyananda, Dr. Gopalji and Shankaracharya of Prayag (India)

2007, June. 22th World Yoga Conference and General Assembly of IYF in Mexico DF and Cancún. Mexico. Organized and directed by Swami Shivadev, president of Yoga Alliance of Mexico and Swamini Gauri, president of Latin America Union of Yoga. Are present in the conference delegates of Singapure, China, India, Guatemala, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, USA, Canada, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Cuba.

Swami Maitreyananda, Swamini Gauri Ma and
Swamini Lakshmi (Mexico) 2007

2007, October Francophone Yoga Conference, Quebec, Canada