Empowerment through Pranayama & Bhavana

November 1-11, 2020 India

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

Empowerment through Pranayama and Bhavana, 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 culture and spirituality of India.

“To cure the illness of the body, use the body. To cure the wandering of the mind, practice pranayama.” Sri Krishnamacharya

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.


Pranayama, Mantra, Mudra and Bhava-s   

It is said in the ancient texts, “There is no discipline superior to the practice of pranayama for removal of mental impurities.” Pranayama is the practice that defines yoga itself—other systems of wellbeing and self-transformation work with the body or the mind, but yoga has the unique distinction of working in-depth with the breath. 

Pranayama is also referred to as the “yoga of inner touch” in ancient texts. That is, pranayama is not just about doing something with your breath. It is also about connecting to the inner “bhava”—an existential shift in the way you feel, from within. Pranayama should create internal subtle states of connection to the body, and the possibility of transcendence, going beyond the body. That is why pranayama is the transition from the body to inner stillness in the Yoga Sutras. Deep pranayama begins when stillness arises in the body. To facilitate this inner shift through pranayama, we also work with mantra, mudras, and bhava-s. 


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

Theory of pranayama

  • Prana – kriya sakti – the energy to do
  • Mind – iccha sakti – the will to do
  • Pranayama – A health and longevity practice/ a life extension practice
  • Prana – lakshanam, svarupam, classifications, actions
  • Prana and the gunas
  • Pranayama – the means to prevent dissipation of prana
  • References from the text
  • Definitions

Practice of pranayama

  • How to develop sattvic states through the practice of pranayama
  • Bhavanas in asana
  • Pranayama as yajna
  • Use of mantras in pranayama
  • Use of Om
  • Pranayama as meditation

Empowerment through bhavanas

  • Emotions and empowerment
  • Use of Mantras and Yantras for emotional balance
  • Yajnas for developing positive emotions and prevention of negative emotions
  • The nine emotions and empowerment

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 Mohan

Indra 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

Sunday, 1 November to Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 9 am to 4 pm.
Saturday, 7 November is a day free from programs, for your personal rest and reflection.
The program concludes at 4 pm on Wednesday, 11 November. You may book extra nights at the venue if you plan to extend your stay.


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.


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.