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The greatest influence on yoga in modern times was undoubtedly the legendary 20th century yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya – a master of yoga, scholar of all Indian philosophies and a healer of repute. A. G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years. Mohan and his wife, Indra, originated the Svastha organization. They are joined by their son, Ganesh, and their daughter, Nitya. The word Svastha in Sanskrit refers to the state of complete health and balance.

A. G. Mohan

A. G. Mohan A. G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya from 1971 to 1989. He was also the convener of Sri Krishnamacharya’s centenary celebrations in 1988.  He is the author of Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind (1993) and the co-author, along with his wife, son and daughter, of Yoga Therapy (2004). He has translated the Yoga Yajnavalkya, one of the most important classical texts on yoga. The details of his study are described by Sri Krishnamacharya himself in his personal foreword to Mohan’s book Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind.


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1971-1989: Studies with Krishnamacharya

1971 Started studies of asanas and pranayama.
1973 Prasnopanishad
1974 Mundakopanishad
1975 Theory behind asanas
1975 Yoganjalisaaram
1975 Classes on Yoga Therapy
1975-89 Yogasutras
1975-76 Yoga Yajnavalkya
1976-77 Hathayogapradipika
1976-79 Bhagavad Gita
1977-78 Samkhya Karika
1975-89 Vedic chanting
1979 Pranayama: In-depth studies
1980 Yoga and Ayurveda
1980-81 Gayatri Ramayana, Sandhyavandana
1981-82 Gheranda Samhita
1981-82 Hathayogapradipika Chapters 3 and 4
1982 Yoga Taravali
1983 Paniniya Siksha, Vedic phonetics, Excerpts from Taittiriya Pratishakya
1985 Yoga and Ayurveda as therapy
1986-89 Yantras, Mantras, Tantra, Rituals, Taittiriya Upanishad and Narayana Upanishad

o At any time, classes on 3 or more topics would be on-going. o Studies of most texts spanned around 6 months to 3 years, 2-3 hours a week, depending on the text. o Classes on Yogasutras and Vedic chanting continued from when they started in 1975 until 1989.

1990-1995

  • Consolidation of studies with Krishnamacharya. Some travel and teaching.
  • Preparation of 8 training manuals on yoga – on fitness, therapy, and philosophy.
  • Authored Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind.

1995-2000

  • In depth study of classical Ayurveda.
  • Translated Yoga Yajnavalkya.

2001-2004

  • Focus on Ayurvedic approach to mental disorders.
  • Study of Indian dramatics, particularly emotions and their relation to mental wellness.
  • Vedic astrology and its use in therapy.
  • Revisiting ancient methodologies of treatment such as applications of classical Vedic mantras.
  • Authored Yoga Therapy with Indra, Ganesh, and Nitya Mohan.

2005-2007

  • Nyaya (ancient Indian logic), focusing on its application to philosophy and ayurveda.
  • Tantra, Kundalini, prana from various angles of Vedic, ayurvedic, yogic perspectives.
  • Buddhism and other Indian philosophies.

2008-2010

  • Going back to roots of Samkhya, Upanishads, and commentaries on the Yogasutras.
  • Comparative study of non-dualism, Buddhism, yoga, Samkhya, Nyaya etc.
  • Connecting the various topics studied so far.
  • Authored Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings with Ganesh Mohan.

Indra Mohan

Indra Mohan Indra Mohan has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades now. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. Known for her serene demeanor, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students.

Ganesh Mohan

Ganesh Mohan Ganesh Mohan, son of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained from childhood in yoga and other related areas such as Vedic chanting. He is a doctor, formally trained in both modern medicine and Ayurveda. He is the co-author of the Mohans’ book, Yoga Therapy. He is deeply interested in the profound wisdom of the Yogasutras of Patanjali, which he continues to study and teach.

Nitya Mohan

Nitya Mohan Nitya Mohan, daughter of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained in yoga from a young age. She holds a degree in music and is an exponent of Vedic chanting. She has conducted seminars and given concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland, United States, Australia and Singapore. She runs the Svastha training program in Singapore. She has also released audio cassettes and CDs on Vedic chanting and the Yogasutras of Patanjali.

 

Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Sri T. Krishnamacharya

A. G. Mohan with Sri T. Krishnamacharya during centenary celebrations (1988)
A. G. Mohan with Sri T. Krishnamacharya during centenary celebrations (1988)
Indra Mohan receiving diploma from Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Indra Mohan receiving diploma from
Sri T. Krishnamacharya
A. G. Mohan receiving blessings from Sri T. Krishnamacharya
A. G. Mohan receiving blessings from
Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Indra Mohan receiving blessings from Sri T. Krishnamacharya
Indra Mohan receiving blessings from
Sri T. Krishnamacharya
A. G. Mohan with Sri T.  Krishnamacharya at 100 years
A. G. Mohan with Sri T.  Krishnamacharya
at 100 years