Empowerment through Devotion

November 16-27, 2020 India

A unique retreat program with a focus on Empowerment through Devotion with world renowned master teachers, authors, and founders of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda, A. G. Mohan & Indra Mohan.

Empowerment through Devotion, a 10-Day Retreat program will be held in a beautiful seaside resort 60 kilometres south of Chennai, close to the famous temple town of Mahabalipuram. The venue is a lovely resort on a private beach, an ideal place to relax and immerse yourself in the retreat program, as well as the culture and spirituality of India.

This is an opportunity to experience the aspects of Yoga which will enrich and deepen your yogic practice, and empower you in every area of your life. You will have the experience of yoga in the classical way, guided by two contemporary masters of yoga, A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan.

No strength can equal the mental strength that yoga can give you. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali offers the option of devotion as a practice in yoga, termed Isvara Pranidhana in Sanskrit. Devotion is not just one more practice among many—it is one of the most effective and easy pathways to mental steadiness and is a way to comprehensively combine all the other practices in yoga.

Isvara Pranidhana

Devotion refers to an attitude of trust in, and love for, the Divine. For the practice of devotion to work, though, our conception of the Divine must be positive and nourishing. One can also gain inspiration from holding in one’s mind those who bring the qualities of divinity to us—great seers who have attained the state of yoga, for instance. 

Connecting with the qualities of divinity within us changes our thoughts and feelings profoundly and effortlessly. It easily guides toward inner equanimity and freedom from negativity and distraction. Devotion does require our full-hearted and joyful engagement: we must envision it, embrace it, nurture it. 

In this ten day retreat, renowned yoga masters, A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, will present vital keys and practices to set you on the path of devotion. No matter which religious beliefs you embrace, the principles presented in this workshop are universal, based on yoga psychology, and will help you better connect to the inner light of the Divine.

About the program

During this retreat you’ll learn and experience the yogic practices related to the devotional path to freedom. The retreat program will include the following topics and practices:

Devotion

  • What and why of devotion?
  • The devotional bhavas
  • Mindfulness on the devotional path
  • Mindfulness and (atma nivedanam) self-surrender
  • Bhavas based on Samkhya and other traditional texts: values, knowledge, non-attachment, and willpower
  • Bhakti, Jnana, and Yoga – are they different paths?
  • Steps of ahimsa

Divine/Isvara

  • I – the world – Isvara – the yoga perspective
  • Who is Isvara? The defining characteristics according to the Yoga Sutra.
  • What is mind?
  • What are the mental afflictions?
  • The differences between Purusa and Isvara
  • Is Isvara the creator?
  • What is Isvara’s connection to the world?
  • How is Isvara presented in the ancient darshanas?
  • What is the role of Isvara in our actions?

Isvara Pranidhana

  • Devotion and Meditation
  • Saguna and Nirguna Upasana
  • Why meditation with form is preferable
  • Meditation on the Sun (surya)
  • The meaning of the twelve surya namaskara mantras
  • The location/place of the heart lotus from the Narayana Upanishad
  • What is the place or seat of our mind (citta)?
  • Suhrt Bhavana
  • Isvara as the eternal caring companion
  • Mukta Purusha Upasana
  • Verses describing Patanjali
  • Atma Nivedana (self-surrender) – the way to bring sattva in our senses and mind
  • Removing the antarayas – the causes of unsteadiness of our mind
  • The benefits / result of Isvara Pranidhana

Practice

  • Role of rituals
  • Making simple rituals effective with appropriate bhavana
  • Practice as an offering
  • Suhrt kriya – Cognizing, developing, and nurturing the eternal caring companion in the heart lotus.
  • Meditation on a great sage (Patanjali)
  • Including the surya namaskara mantras in asanas and meditation

About the Mohans 

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. 

Krishnamacharya is widely considered the ‘father of modern yoga’, having taught the world’s most influential teachers and shaping yoga as we know it today. 

Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda was started by A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, in the tradition of the legendary yogi Krishnamacharya. Svastha combines the best of traditional yoga with modern science, refined over decades of practical teaching and extensive studies. 

A.G. MohanA. G. Mohan is internationally respected as one of the most senior yoga masters alive and a direct link to the authentic yoga traditions of the yoga of Krishnamacharya, with whom he studied intensively for 18 years.

Indra MohanIndra Mohan, one of the few people ever awarded a yoga teaching certificate from Krishnamacharya, is a skillful and insightful yoga teacher and therapist with decades of experience. Indra is known for her astute intelligence and the capacity to guide her students and clients to clarity, self-understanding and peace.

About the Venue

Mamalla Beach Resort: 108 Kovalam Road (East Coast Road), Mamallapuram 603104, Tamil Nadu.

Located about 60 kms south of the city of Chennai in South India, is Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram), a seashore town of architectural beauty along the Bay of Bengal. All along the coast from Chennai to Mahabalipuram are several pristine beaches.

Standing out among them, just outside the hustle bustle of Mamallapuram, is the unique Mamalla Beach Resort. Having retained its unspoilt beach and cool casuarina grove, the resort is a relaxed venue for the retreat with spotlessly clean rooms. In your free time you might like to relax in the tropical sun of the resorts private beach or pool, enjoy the tasty cuisine, take a catamaran ride with the fishermen to see submerged temple tops, go on a sightseeing trip to the architectural marvel – the Shore Temple Complex.

The nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport (MAA).

Program Details

Date & Time

Monday, 16 November to Friday, 27 November, 9 am to 4 pm.
Saturday, 21 November is a day free from programs, for your personal rest and reflection.
The program concludes at 4 pm on Friday, 27 November. You may book extra nights at the venue if you plan to extend your stay.

Cost

Program Cost: US$1400. US$300 non-refundable deposit paid upon confirmation of registration secures your place. Balance of US$1100 to be paid before 1 October 2020. Accommodation cost: INR2750 (approx. US$40) per night on twin sharing basis.

Registration

To apply to join the retreat, please complete the registration form. Email [email protected] for any queries. Please note that visas are required to enter India.