This month of November marks the birth anniversary of Sri Krishnamacharya. This year, 2021, marks 50 years since A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan began their yoga studies with the master, in 1971! 

Devotion to the Divine was a pillar of Sri Krishnamacharya's life and practice. He was as much a devotee as he was a yogi. In honor of this occasion, Svastha Yoga offers appreciation to all our students with a gift: $50 off our latest course, Yoga & Devotion.

Connection and devotion to the Divine is highly regarded in ancient yoga. The practice is called “Isvara Pranidhana” in Sanskrit, meaning, to place oneself deeply (pranidhana) with the Divine (Isvara). It is the most effective and easy way to steady the mind and find inner peace and joy.

In this course, drawing upon a lifetime of deep yogic study and devotional practice, the Mohans give you the knowledge, insights, and key practices to cultivate Isvara Pranidhana, the path of devotion to the Divine, in the yogic way.

Course Description

In this master course, you will find clear answers from the view of classical yoga to fascinating and deep questions, such as:

• Who is Isvara in yoga and the other ancient darshanas? How is the Divine presented specially and uniquely in yoga?

• Did Isvara create the world?

• How do our actions relate to Isvara? Does Isvara control our lives?

• How can we understand the Divine in a way that leads us to the goal of yoga—toward inner peace and stillness?

• Why should we develop a connection to Isvara? Why is it so important and useful to us?

• Is this practice the same as bhakti yoga? Do we need to be an emotional person to practice this?

• How can we build that connection? How do we deepen trust and love toward the Divine?

• How does devotion fit with the other paths of yoga?

...and much more.

The course also includes extensive notes of around 25 pages along with the video lessons.

But this course is not just theory! You will also learn the steps to build that connection within yourself. The course includes guided practices with universal mantras and feeling states (bhava) linking you to the ancient tradition of great sages and to the transcendental Divine in the state of yoga. You will also be guided in feeling the presence of the Divine as the eternal caring companion in your heart, the most powerful way to grow joy and peace in your life.

Live Sessions

Two live Q&A sessions are scheduled (via Zoom) for 8 and 9 January 2022. The meeting time and links will be updated on the course player and recordings will be uploaded to the course afterwards.

Course Format

10+ hours of Recorded and Live Sessions

  • Access 8+ hours of in-depth recorded sessions immediately on signup

  • Extensive notes accompany recorded lessons for reference

  • Live sessions of 2 x 1 hour with answers to selected questions

US$150- Now US$100 (save $50). Celebrating 50 years of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan's absorption in yoga studies.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    1. Introduction, knowledge, and practice of devotion to Isvara

  • 2

    2. Samkhya, why meditate on Isvara, traditional presentations of devotion

    • 25 Tattvas of Samkhya

    • Why meditate on Isvara?

    • Upasana, bhakti, pranidhana

  • 3

    3. Isvara and the lineage of liberated sages of yoga

    • Isvara the source of right knowledge

    • Isvara first of the greatest teachers and beyond time

    • Paramarshi Kapila, the first timebound teacher

    • Bhagavan Patanjali who gave us the Yoga Sutra

    • Vyasa who explained the Yoga Sutra

  • 4

    4. Understanding Isvara in yoga

    • Isvara pranidhana - a superior method

    • Going beyond the "I" feeling through Isvara pranidhana

    • How do we determine the presence of Isvara?

    • Isvara in the Upanishads

    • Isvara in the Yoga Sutra

    • Did Isvara create the world?

    • Why do we need Isvara in our perception of the world?

  • 5

    5. Qualities of Isvara and our relationship with Isvara

    • Isvara and the siddhis

    • What to remember on the path of Isvara pranidhana

    • Summary of our relationship with Isvara

    • Isvara and the kleshas

    • Four states of the kleshas

    • Isvara - the seed of all knowledge

    • Isvara - all knowing and eternally free

    • Isvara - the means to dissolve ego

    • What is asmita?

    • How does "I" feeling arise?

    • How to move beyond "I" feeling?

    • Isvara pranidhana helps unlock obstacles

    • Story of Dhruva

  • 6

    6. Practicing bhakti (devotion) to Isvara

    • Can everyone practice devotion?

    • Devotion as loving service without expectation

    • What is the difference between devotion and jnana?

    • Devotion to whom?

    • What should the characteristics of the sage or Isvara be?

    • What type of relationship should we have?

    • What is atma nivedana or surrender of "I" feeling?

    • Dissolution of tattvas and atma nivedana

    • Can I practice bhakti if I am not emotional?

    • Nine parts of practicing bhakti

  • 7

    7. Practicing atma-nivedana (offering oneself) to Isvara

    • The practice of atma nivedana

    • Bhakti, deity, and the guru

    • How to let go of the ego and senses

    • Story of Maha Bali - atma nivedana

    • Where to meditate in the body - the heart lotus

    • Layers of the heart lotus

    • Suhrt bhavana, friendship without expectation

    • Story of Sabari, shraddha

    • Four steps in the practice

  • 8

    8. Practices

    • Salutations to the great sages

    • Isvara beyond the kleshas

    • Meditation on the yogic qualities of Isvara

    • Eternal caring companion

    • Salutations to the great sages (asana)

    • Prostration to the great sages (asana)

    • Isvara beyond the kleshas (asana)

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    • Eternal caring companion (asana)

  • 9

    10. Live Q&A session with the Mohans

    • Live Session 1: 8 January 2022

    • Live Session 2: 9 January 2022

  • 10

    11. Assessment

    • Instructions for Assessment

    • Please complete the quiz with 70% correct answers. You can retake the quiz as needed.

Course Preview

Sample course videos:

Chapter 1: Introduction to the path of yoga and devotion

Chapter 1: Steps in the practice of devotion? 

Chapter 8: Practice - Isvara beyond the kleshas (asana)




Teachers

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 learned yoga from childhood in the tradition of Sri Krishnamacharya through his parents, A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan. He trained in ancient studies including Sanskrit, Vedic chanting, and Ayurveda and then went on to become a modern medical doctor. He integrates a full spectrum of holistic well-being methods in his work: movement, breathing, meditation and mindfulness, lifestyle, diet, relationships, life guidance and more. He has had extensive experience with thousands of students and patients across the world. He also directs the Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda trainings, including the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program across the globe. He is the co-author of numerous books published internationally, such as Yoga TherapyKrishnamacharya, and Yoga Reminder. With his father, he is the translator of the important Sanskrit yoga texts, Yoga Yajnavalkya and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.


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.


Certificate

The last lesson of the course includes assessment through a multiple choice quiz. Once you complete the assessment, you will receive your certificate of completion for the course (10 hours of training).

US$150- Now US$100 (save $50). Celebrating 50 years of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan's absorption in yoga studies.

Course FAQ's

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

    Yes! This course contains over 8 hours of recorded video content plus notes for reference. You can view these materials immediately and continue to access them for the duration of your enrollment.

  • Does the course have a live component?

    Yes, the live sessions with the Mohans are scheduled with the details available on the course page. The dates and times will also 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.

  • Is the course lecture or practice?

    The course contains both. It has in-depth lectures offering knowledge and insight. It also contains practices with mantra, bhava, and examples of using them in asana.

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Very eye-opening on patterns you thought is clear anyway

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Perfect pace, perfect presentation

Can not be better. Learned a lot even though I already knew the basics: the Imbalance of one person is his own balance, we should not focused only on production of Agni but balance it! Immediately understood why my practice of Pranayama was not fully effective, and when I added to to it Sitali paranayama, I started to feel better. Now I will look also at the diet.

DILLARO S


A generous and very informative course

Thank you for a very rich course. I want to highlight in particular the precisions and nuances introduced by Dr. Ganesh Mohan, as well as the deep of knowledge shared by AG Mohan. It seems to me much more than a 5.5 hours program... much to reflect on :)

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