Empowerment through Devotion

January 28, 2020-February 7, 2020 India

Special 10-Day Retreat

Empowerment through Devotion: Retreat with A. G. Mohan & Indra Mohan, India, 2020

A unique retreat with a focus on ‘empowerment through devotion’ with world renowned master teachers and founders A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan.

The Empowerment through Devotion Retreat with the Mohans will be held in a seaside resort 60 kilometres south of Chennai close to the famous temple town of Mahabalipuram, to relax and immerse yourself in the retreat program, as well as culture and spirituality of India.


A. G. Mohan & Indra Mohan

A. G. Mohan is internationally respected as one of the most senior yoga masters at this time, and a direct link to the authentic yoga traditions of yoga. With more than 45 years of experience in studies and teaching, he started as a disciple of the legendary yogi Sri Krishnamacharya in 1971 and went on to study with him until 1989.  After Krishnamacharya;s passing, A. G. Mohan continued to study further, exploring ayurveda, tantra, and deeper studies in yogic philosophy. You can read more about A. G. Mohan’s lifelong journey in yoga here.

Indra Mohan is one of the very few people ever awarded a postgraduate diploma in yoga from Sri Krishnamacharya. With 45+ years of experience in the yoga field, she is one of the senior-most yoga teachers in the world. She brings a compassionate approach to all her teaching and her students, and she is a skillful and insightful yoga therapist. She has helped thousands of private students of all ages and abilities through their life challenges with yoga practices, wisdom teachings, and her calm presence.

The Mohans represent an extraordinary wealth of yoga knowledge and yoga teaching experience. They are one of the few remaining direct links to the authentic yoga traditions of Krishnamacharya and classical yoga. They are particularly known for making in-depth yoga knowledge accessible through a clear and personalized teaching style.

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.

The Mohans are also authors of numerous books on yoga.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is when the mind is purposefully focused on some aspect of the present moment. Not thinking back to the past, anxious about the future, or dreaming aimlessly. It is not reacting, jumping from one thing to the other, wandering off thinking about something completely unrelated to what we are doing, or judging or evaluating. It is just purposefully and peacefully paying attention.

Mindfulness through the Yogic Path

A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan’s lifelong dedication to Yoga, Ayurveda and Mindfulness is crystallized in their Mindfulness for Svastha Program which makes the profound wisdom of the great yogic traditions of the past relevant and accessible to literally everyone today.

The word Svastha in Sanskrit refers to the state of complete health and balance. The primary focus of Mindfulness for Svastha is to not only observe and understand the mind, but to actively alleviate stress, anxiety and mental tension using simple, practical yogic methods – useful for yoga and meditation teachers, health professionals and anyone interested in acquiring the inner tools required to achieve mental steadiness, clarity and contentment, regardless of personal circumstances.

A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan receiving blessings from Sri Krishnamacharya in 1988

About the Empowerment through Devotion Retreat

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

Mindfulness for Svastha

  • Bhavas based on Samkhya – Values/Knowledge/Detachment/Will power
  • How following values with determination leads to empowerment and will-power.
  • How this can lead to mental clarity and steadinessYoga Sutra, Samkhya, traditional texts.


  • What/why/to whom/ who can do it/ how to nurture/ the bhavas/ role of rituals
  • Can devotion lead to downfall?


  • How to handle basic emotions like desire and anger through devotion?
  • What are healthy attachments and how it can lead to freedom.


  • Concept of Isvara
  • What is our relationship with Isvara?
  • How to meditate on Isvara
  • Is Isvara essential on the devotional path to freedom?

Mantras for different needs

  • Control of obsessive thoughts using mantras
  • Incorporating mantras in daily practice

Role of rituals

  • Making rituals effective with appropriate bhavana
  • How to practice yoga as an offering


  • Breathing techniques for mental empowerment

About the Venue

Mamalla Beach Resort

108 Kovalam Road (East Coast Road), Mamallapuram 603104, Tamil Nadu.

Accommodation is twin share rooms.

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 Mamallapuram are several lovely beaches.

The Mamalla Beach Resort is a relaxed venue for the retreat. In your free time you might like to rest and take in the sun at the resorts private beach or pool, enjoy the tasty cuisine, take a catamaran ride with the fishermen to see submerged temple tops, or go on a sightseeing trip to the ancient carvings in Mamallapuram.

See website: www.mamallaresort.com



Mamalla Beach Resort. 108 Kovalam Road (East Coast Road), Mamallapuram 603104, Tamil Nadu. Accommodation is a single bed in a twin share room.


The venue is 60 kilometres from Chennai. The nearest international airport is Chennai International Airport (MAA). Visas are required to enter India.


Tuesday 28th January – Friday 7th February.

Saturday 1st February is a free day with no program for your personal rest and reflection.

Please aim to arrive at the venue by Monday 27th. The program concludes at 4 pm on Friday 7th February. You may book extra nights with the venue.


$1400 USD ($750 inclusive of GST toward India retreat. $650 toward international services, training materials, support etc.)

$300 deposit. Balance $1100.

Accommodation Cost: INR 2750 per night (approx US $ 40 per night)

Includes sharing in twin share room.

Booking Information

Please click here for the application form >

You will receive a confirmation email including payment details once your application is approved.

For any questions about the program, please email studies@svastha.net.

Please book your accommodation directly with Mamalla Beach Resort and mention you are attending the 10-day retreat program with the Mohans.

Email: rajeev@mamallaresort.com