Pranayama is the key yoga practice for lifelong wellbeing and inner peace.


In this special online course, world renowned yoga masters A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan offer you a unique and rare opportunity to learn these ancient yogic breathing techniques.

The first key step in this pathway is to cultivate pleasant and easy inner awareness with the breath. The traditional pranayama to do this was called Lahari Pranayama.

Lahari means wave. The breath washes over us in waves. By connecting to that rhythmic flow, we can smooth the fluctuations of the breath and begin to experience its deeper sensations. This will calm the mind too. A special addition to this is practice using mantra to guide the breath and mind to steadiness.

Lahari Pranayama is an important preparation for the most important Nadishodhana Pranayama. The basic technique is simple: it is alternate nostril breathing. But pranayama is not just breathing; there are several vital principles underlying the traditional practice, and practical matters of technique that make the practice effective.

In this course, you will...

  • CONNECT WITH ANCIENT SOURCES

    with references from relevant sections of traditional texts such as the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Yoga Yajnavalkya, and Gheranda Samhita

  • ABSORB INSIGHTS

    from highlights of special points in the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, such as pranayama with and without mantra

  • LEARN TO PRACTICE

    starting from the prerequisites and purpose, and receive guidance in doing these pranayamas with answers to selected questions

Watch Intro Video

Course Details

Traditional explanation of these pranayamas by A. G. Mohan drawing upon from his extensive studies of the ancient texts, including the relevant sections from Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita, as well as other wide-ranging sources such as Yoga Yajnavalkaya, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutra, Ayurveda, Vedas and more.  

Special insights from notes of classes with Sri Krishnamacharya: what the master suggested, negated, modified, and more.  

Guided practices from Indra Mohan for lahari and nadishodhana pranayamas.

Modern science and guidelines for practice and teaching by Dr. Ganesh Mohan. 

Key verses from Hatha Yoga Pradipika and Gheranda Samhita with Sanskrit, English transliteration, and English translation of each verse by Dr. Ganesh Mohan. 

Glossary of relevant Sanskrit terms used in the lectures. 

The opportunity to submit questions after going through these materials. The Mohans will answer the relevant questions in live sessions from time to time.

Online Course Format

  • 6 hours of in-depth content

    available immediately upon signup

  • Interactive Community Sessions

    live with the Mohans from time to time to foster interaction and engagement

  • Self-paced study

    learn at your own pace in your own time

Course Curriculum

This program was originally delivered live by the Mohans over Zoom. We have retained the original full videos to preserve the flow of the program.

Session 1 (90 min): Pranayamas from the Ancient Yoga Teachings and Lahari

Introduction to pranayama

  • Traditional pathway of studies from ancient times.
  • Introducing pranayama as it was in the ancient texts.
  • Meaning of pranayama and prana.
  • Importance of bhavana.
  • Introducing lahari pranayama – connecting to the waves of the breath.
  • Guided practice of Lahari Pranayama.
  • Deeper look into pranayama in ancient texts.
  • Prana as the connection between mind and body for wellbeing and self-transformation.
  • Guided practice of Lahari Pranayama along with heart centered bhavana.
  • Concluding with a peace chant.


Session 2 (90 min): Key Aspects of Pranayama in Application and Nadishodhana

This session begins with a chart describing the roots, connection, and nature of nadishodhana pranayama. From this foundation, we examine the role of several aspects of traditional pranayama practice:

  • The use of mantra in pranayama
  • Incorporating breath length ratios in pranayama
  • Importance of proceeding with caution and limits in mastering the breath
  • Mudras and bandhas
  • Relevance of managing diet
  • Kriyas or cleansing techniques
  • Instructions for, and guided practice of, nadishodhana pranayama.
  • The role of the Divine in yoga.
  • Guided practice of nadishodhana pranayama with mantra and connection to inner self/Divine.
  • Concluding with a peace chant


Session 3, Video 1 (90 min): Questions & Answers, Part 1

In this session the Mohans take up several interesting questions from students and expand on the relevant topics, including:

  • Alternate nostril breathing vs. nadishodhana pranayama
  • What to do when one nostril is blocked?
  • Using the gayatri or smarta gayatri mantra
  • Teaching pranayama to children
  • Anulom vilom vs. nadishodhana
  • How long should you practice pranayama every day?
  • Applying pranayama techniques in asana
  • Traditional use of bhavana
  • Guided practice to deepen nadishodhana pranayama.


Session 3, Video 2 (90 min): Questions & Answers, Part 2

In this session the Mohans take up several interesting questions from students and expand on the relevant topics, including:

  • What breathing ratio can a beginner use?
  • Is pranayama useful in high blood pressure?
  • Pranayama and the menstrual cycle
  • Can pranayama cause dryness?
  • Bhagavad Gita on pranayama
  • What is one cycle of nadishodhana pranayama?
  • How to work with difficulty in focusing on the heart?
  • Is it safe for a beginner to do the practices in this course?
  • Where do you place the tongue in nadishodhana pranayama?
  • Mrgi mudra vs. placing the index and middle fingers on the forehead.
  • Guided practice to deepen nadishodhana pranayama.

Teachers

A. G. Mohan was a personal student of the legendary yogi Sri Krishnamacharya (1888-1989), for nearly two decades. He has immersed himself in extensive traditional studies across wide-ranging subjects from ayurveda to tantra and Samkhya over half a century. 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 has been studying, practicing and teaching yoga along with her husband A.G. Mohan. She is one of few people to receive a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Sri Krishnamacharya. She is known not only for her knowledge but also for her wisdom and calm presence.



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 TherapyKrishnamacharya, 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. 

Assessment & Certificate

The course includes assessment through multiple choice quiz. The questions are designed not only to test your understanding but also to help you reflect on what you have learned.

Once you complete the assessment, you will receive your certificate of completion for the course (6 hours of training).

Course FAQ's

  • Can I access the materials in the course immediately on signing up?

    Yes! This course contains over 6 hours of recorded video content plus reference PDFs. You can view these materials immediately and continue to access them for the duration of your enrollment.

  • Does the course have a live component?

    Live sessions with the Mohans will be offered from time to time to answer questions, and to foster community interaction and engagement. The dates and times will be announced by email to registered participants. This is in addition to the recorded content already available in the course.

  • How long can I access the course?

    You have access to the course for one year from the date of your enrollment.

  • I am unable to sit on the floor. Can I do the practices in this course?

    Sure. The course contains simple breathing and pranayama practices that you can do seated on a chair.

  • 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. So this course explains the theory behind pranayama and the breathing techniques taught here. It also gives you guided practices so you can experience these pranayamas yourself.

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