This workshop series will give you wisdom and skills to move from desire to fulfillment, anger to calm, and fear to empowerment.
A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan will guide you with deep yogic insights and accessible practices. Access eternal truths from ancient texts such as the Yoga Sutra, Samkhya Karika, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads. Absorb yourself in practices of bhavana, mantra, pranayama, rituals, and reflection.
This three part course will be streamed live, with recordings available soon after the live sessions for you to re-watch or in case you are unable to attend the live sessions. Each topic is spread over 5 sessions and the total course duration is 18 hours.
Beyond Desire (19, 20, 26, 27 June, 03 July 2021)
Freedom from Anger (10, 11, 17, 18, 24 July 2021)
Transcending Fear (31 July, 01, 07, 08, 14 August 2021)
Timings (Indian Standard Time): Saturdays 6:30-7:45 PM, Sundays 11:00 AM-12:15 PM (75 minutes)
Indian Standard Time: 6:30 PM = Los Angeles: 06:00 AM | New York: 09:00 AM | London: 02:00 PM | Amsterdam: 03:00 PM | Singapore: 9:00 PM | Perth: 9:00 PM
Indian Standard Time: 11:00 AM = London: 06:30 AM | Amsterdam: 07:30 AM | Singapore: 1:30 PM | Perth 1:30 PM | Sydney: 3:30 PM | Auckland: 5:30 PM
What are feelings and emotions? • How we may understand desire through the lens of yoga • How desire is connected to anger? • Contentment as a key to balancing desire • The nature and experience of contentment • Practicing contentment: reflection, bhavana, and pranayama • The need for possessions and its result • The importance of watching over our desires • Desires for what we have not experienced, and what we already have • The cycle of happiness and unhappiness vs. happiness and peace • Practicing bhavanas of being free of desire, connecting with the mind of those who are peace • Desire as a natural part of life—moderating, not fighting • The difference between raga and kama in ancient wisdom • Why we are impelled by desire?—insights from Samkhya, Yoga Sutra, and the Bhagavad Gita • Practicing mantra and ritual to manage problem desires • The connections between desire and other feelings • The states and stages of desire • The fire of desire, as described in ancient wisdom • Reflections and narrations from the classical texts • Deepening the practices • Interactive session for Q&A, clarifications, and assorted related topics and practices.
Freedom from Anger
How anger is connected with desire and fear? • Defining and describing anger from the yoga perspective • Patience and tolerance as the foundation of non-anger • Stories and reflection on the qualities of tolerance and patience • Practicing bhavana and pranayama to calm anger and grow tolerance and patience • Suffering (duhkha) as a cause for anger • 3 types of duhkha • Suffering in the body and in the mind • Yoga as the basis for freedom from suffering • How to avoid self-reinforcing anger and suffering? • Practices: Building non-harmfulness in our words and speech • Calming anger with mantra • Clearing the seeds of anger with mantra • Stages of how anger develops • Why is it difficult to free ourselves of anger? • Understanding how freedom anger is freedom from suffering • Stories and reflections on letting go of anger and cultivating forgiveness and goodwill • Practicing cultivating inner goodwill and friendliness in ourselves toward all • How anger can become a habit? • Understanding the nature of karma and the binding of anger • Laying the foundation for long-term transformation away from anger • Deepening the key practices • Interactive session for Q&A, clarifications, and assorted related topics and practices.
Two foundations of fear: losing life and losing possessions • Understanding fear (abhinivesha) from the yoga perspective. “I” as the basis of fear • Transcending fear—the timeless and unchanging self • Connecting to the feeling of inner permanence with mantra, light, and pranayama • Disease and decreased life span as drivers of fear • Prana as the subtle self beyond the physical body • Pranayama for longevity and connecting to the subtle body experience • Practicing pranayama, Lahari, Nadishodhana with bhavana and inner experience • Fear in the perspective of Samkhya • Connection and projection of self and attachment as the basis of fear • Reflection on managing self-projections in one’s personal life • Practice of letting go with mantra • Connection to something greater than us, with devotion • The concept of devotion and surrender • Vedic mantras for going beyond fear by connecting to the transcendent • Breathing practice with bhavana of protection and surrender • Interactive session for Q&A, clarifications, and assorted related topics and practices
A. G. Mohan is one of the foremost yoga masters in this era. He began his yoga journey in 1971, spending nearly two decades as a personal student of the legendary yogi Sri Krishnamacharya. Then he immersed himself in further wide-ranging studies of ayurveda, samkhya, tantra, ancient India dramatics, jyotisha, and more over decades. He is the author of several books on yoga, including Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind, Yoga Therapy, and Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings.
Indra Mohan began her yoga studies along with her husband, A.G. Mohan, in 1971. She is one of few people to receive a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Sri Krishnamacharya. She is appreciated by students not only for her extensive knowledge and clear teachings, but also for her wisdom and calm presence. She has guided many thousands of students over five decades to increase their wellbeing, manage their health problems, and find personal and spiritual transformation.
Dr. Ganesh Mohan, son of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained from childhood in yoga and other related traditional studies. He is a doctor, having trained in both modern medicine and Ayurveda. He is the co-author of Yoga Therapy, Krishnamacharya, and Yoga Reminder. He directs the Svastha Yoga Therapy and Teacher Training programs as well as other trainings internationally.
Nitya Mohan, daughter of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained in yoga from a young age. She also holds a degree in music and is an exponent of Vedic chanting, having conducted numerous seminars and given concerts internationally. A skilled and experienced teacher, she has been running the Svastha training programs in Singapore for two decades.
How can I access the materials in the course?
This series is organized in three parts of 5 live sessions each (15 live sessions in total). Please review the dates and times on the course pages to plan your attendance. Recordings will be uploaded to the respective courses after the live sessions.
How can I join the live sessions?
Zoom meeting links to each live session will be available inside the course and sent to you by email on the day before each session. Further instructions are detailed in the introductory lesson, and you can email us for help or information.
I missed the live session, what do I do?
The recordings of the live sessions will be uploaded to the course and you can watch the replays at your convenience
How long can I access the course?
You have access to the course for one year from the date of your enrollment.
How physically challenging are the practices in the course?
You can do the practices in this course while seated on a chair. All levels are welcome.
Is the course mainly lecture or practice?
The course contains both. The vision of Svastha and the Mohans is that one should always develop understanding along with practices. That is the way to empower yourself for lifelong wellbeing. That was also the traditional way of teaching and learning.