The International Yoga Academy was founded by Guruji Dr. Asana Andiappan in 2003 to promote yoga beyond India and Asia. Its goal is the spread of yoga philosophy through experts and masters who have devoted their lives to the study of yoga. Based in Hong Kong, the International Yoga Academy organizes numerous state-level, national-level, and international yoga events across the Asia Pacific. These include workshops, teacher trainings, awareness camps, retreats, competitions, and conferences in places such as India, , Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Thailand, and Australia. The International Yoga Academy is affiliated with the Indian Yoga Federation (New Delhi, India), a national organization recognized by the Indian Olympic Association; the Manonmanian Sundaranar University; and Tamil Nadu Physical Education and Sports University, in running accredited Teacher training courses in India and abroad. It is also affiliated with the Asana Andiappan College of Yoga and Research Centre in Chennai, India, and accredited by the School of Yoga Alliance – USA.