Yoga for Svastha: Personal Wellbeing & Teacher Training

with Nitya Mohan

February 11, 2022-June 4, 2022 Singapore

The Svastha Yoga Teacher Training is a special program which integrates authentic traditional teachings with modern wisdom.

The principle of Svastha Yoga is to lead each individual to health and balance. We integrate holistic understanding and practices from classical texts on yoga and Ayurveda with current scientific perspectives to offer accessible, insightful and sustainable skills for your wellbeing and self care.

If your intention is to:
– deepen your own practice;
– become a yoga teacher; or
– integrate practical yogic tools and techniques into your life;
this program offers you what you need.

You will learn the techniques and gain the skills to practice and teach yoga from a foundation of real knowledge. This program is also an opportunity for self-development and personal transformation.

The Singapore Training

“The focus of this training program is experiential and transformative. True yoga education (vidya) is ‘lighting a lamp, not filling a bucket.” – A. G. Mohan

This training program is one of the oldest in Singapore. It has been running since 2001 and is offered only once a year. All classes are accompanied by extensive course materials and recordings to support and integrate the experiential learning.

The course in Singapore, will be taught by Nitya Mohan, daughter of A. G. Mohan, along with opportunities to study with and attend lectures by Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Shri A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan.

This training is regularly updated and combines the collective knowledge, areas of expertise, and insights of the entire Mohan family.

The Teachers: About the Mohans

L-R: Ganesh Mohan, A. G. Mohan, Indra Mohan, Nitya Mohan

Nitya Mohan, daughter of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan has been the director of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda teacher training programs in Singapore for the past 20 years. She has been teaching for over 25 years. Trained from a young age in yoga, music and Sanskrit, she is also a lifelong practitioner. She conducts seminars, workshops and yoga trainings internationally. She is an exponent of Vedic chanting, holds a music degree and offers workshops on Sound for Wellbeing in Singapore and the world over. She is a skilled and experienced teacher and an exceptional singer hailed for her purity of voice.

Dr. Ganesh Mohan was trained in yoga from early childhood and is a medical doctor, with a background in both modern modern medicine and Ayurveda. He is at the forefront of the emerging field of yoga therapy, and for a decade has conducted yoga teacher and yoga therapy trainings around the world in more than a dozen locations. He works with other healthcare professionals and yoga teachers to develop and offer well-being programs.

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. Sri Krishnamacharya was one of the most influential yoga masters and scholars of the last century, often referred to as the “father of modern yoga.” A. G. Mohan, along with the other Mohans, is the author of numerous books published internationally.

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.

Program Structure

  • 5-month part-time structure.
  • Weekend intensives – twice a month – choice of timings.
  • Weekly class, once a week: choice of morning/evening timing.
  • Personal, one-on-one classes with Nitya Mohan; flexible schedule.
  • Personal attention; limited intake of students each year.
  • No prerequisites other than commitment and interest in managing your health and well-being.
  • Certificate upon completion. Registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) enabling you to teach internationally.
  • Opportunity to continue online education at YogaKnowledge.net.

Program Contents

The program focuses on both personal development – learning to practice yoga for your own wellbeing – as well as the skills required for you to teach yoga.

Yoga Theory

  1. Philosophy and psychology of yoga based on the Yogasutras of Patanjali.
  2. Sanskrit terminology: key words and concepts to facilitate and retain authenticity in the teaching and transmission.
  3. Theory of Krishnamacharya’s hatha yoga practice.

Asana

  1. Function-oriented approach to movement in asanas: awareness, stability, alignment, stretching, mobilization, daily life application.
  2. Traditional vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya, combining breathing and movement.
  3. Core asanas essential for fitness and in a therapeutic setting.
  4. Preparation and balancing.
  5. Common and useful variations
  6. Using asanas to lead on to the advanced breath work and skill of the bandhas.
  7. Connecting physical yoga to the deeper aspects of yoga and meditation and mindfulness.

Sequencing

  1. Principles of sequencing from the traditional approach of Krishnamacharya and further developments from there.
  2. Foundations of personal course planning and sequencing for your own practice.
  3. Understand the principles of sequencing and develop sequences for different needs for others.
  4. Bring together instructions, presentation, and teaching practices learned over the course to deliver yoga classes.

Pranayama

  1. Principles and practice of working with your breath effectively.
  2. Using asanas to prepare for pranayama.
  3. All the important types of pranayama with practice.

Sound

  1. Using sound in asanas.
  2. Using sound in meditation.

Meditation

  1. Theory of meditation and mindfulness: why, what, and how.
  2. Practicing core meditation techniques and skillful mindfulness.

Anatomy & Physiology

  1. Essential anatomy and physiology as applied to asanas.
  2. Explore how functional anatomy can help you understand and practice yoga effectively.
  3. Key principles of movement and breathing in asana and pranayama explored from the perspective of modern science.

Chanting & Mantras

  1. Importance and theory of useful mantras for chanting and simple chants e.g. traditional Vedic peace chants.
  2. Focus on the use of sound and mantra in asana, pranayama, meditation.
  3. Practicing mantra meditation, intentions, and affirmations in yoga practice.

Ayurveda

  1. Introduction to Ayurvedic doshas and basic principles of Ayurvedic dietetics.
  2. Daily routines of Ayurveda.

Yoga Energetics

  1. Mudras and bandhas: their importance and how to practice and teach them.
  2. System of nadis, prana, cakras and their relevance to practice.

Personal Practice

Establishing and refining one’s personal practice is a key element of this program.

Continuing Education

Following the teacher training, you can join the larger Svastha community internationally, with the possibility of going on with further therapeutic yoga studies. You can apply yoga to people with various health conditions.

The online platform YogaKnowledge.net contains hundreds of videos from the Mohans on the various in-depth traditional yoga topics from Yogasutra to pranayama and kundalini, offering you self-paced learning for years to come.

Mentoring & Support

Participants will receive one-to-one mentoring sessions during the training with Nitya Mohan. Private mentoring sessions are insightful and potentially life-changing – with key issues and obstacles identified and addressed.

What this program will give you

  • Skills to deepen your personal growth and effective yoga knowledge and practice you can use for the rest of your life;
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the full spectrum of yoga practices: asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga sutra, ayurveda, mantras and more;
  • Firm foundation and approach to teach yoga to people of all ages and fitness levels;
  • The opportunity to be part of a community of people who are similarly committed to a path of personal transformation;
  • A comprehensive base to progress to the Svastha Yoga Therapy Training program and deepen and widen your skills of yoga therapy;
  • An internationally recognized qualification enabling you to confidently teach yoga anywhere in the world.

Program tuition includes

  • Weekend intensives
  • Weekly sessions
  • Private sessions
  • All course materials making up a comprehensive training manual
  • All audio & video recordings
  • Internationally recognized certificate (Yoga Alliance)

There is also an option to pay in installments.

Date & Duration

The program will run from 11 February, 2022 to 04 June, 2022.

Venue

Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road
Singapore 439053

Application Process & Contact

As this is a special program with limited numbers and individual attention, students are accepted into the program only after a one-on-one meeting with Nitya Mohan. The personal one-on-one meeting, prior to acceptance, will be offered virtually.

Registrations are now open.

To arrange a meeting with Nitya Mohan:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +65-98385242

Covid-19 Precautionary Measures

In view of the Covid-19 situation worldwide, the Feb-June 2022 Teacher Training will accept only students based in Singapore, and will be a limited intake program.

– We will, naturally, follow government advisories and regulations for the safety and well-being of participants.
– Large classroom space & limited student numbers allows for social distancing.
– If required, we have procedures in place to move classes online to complete the program, while retaining continuity in the learning process and personal attention.

Testimonials

I feel confident and see myself in a joyful and healthy future.

Svastha has been a beautiful journey of self-discovery for me. I was suffering from multiple issues, like sleep disorder, fidgeting and anxiety, right knee pain, heel pain plantar fasciitis in both legs and early menopause after effects. I also had a sharp pain in right shoulder while I started Svastha. I am much calmer and sleep better now while the pain in shoulder has eased. I feel confident and see myself in a joyful and healthy future. The entire course is detailed and taught practically so that one can design yoga suitable to anyone. The sessions by Mohanji, Indraji and Ganesh were insightful and full of knowledge. Nitya has been an amazing teacher. We are taught everything in detail but in such an easy and subtle manner that anyone can do this course. A detailed explanations of all yogasanas, pranayama and sound use is part of the course. The journey for me has been one of bliss and delight and so insightful. There’s magic I feel in my mind and heart when I attend the practical sessions. I would love to keep experiencing this in some way or other in future with Svastha.

SONAL, HOMEMAKER

Nitya’s humility, simplicity and the gentle smile she carries no matter what questions we throw at her reflects the embodiment of what Yoga truly is. The practices are simple and accessible, at the end of every class I feel a sense of peace wash over.

I was thankful to be able to join the Svastha teacher training in the middle of a pandemic. I really appreciate the pacing of the program that lasted over 6 months: we were given ample opportunities to practice and reflect on what was taught before bringing back the reflection to the practice and the class. I like that Nitya customised private sessions and speaks to every student individually before the enrolment. Her teaching is just like what she shared about Krishnamacharya’s teaching — that to teach Yoga we must first understand who the student is. Nitya’s words and her sharing about Yoga and Yoga philosophy are simple, concise and profound at the same time. It reflects her deep knowledge, practice, and understanding of the study of Yoga. Her humility, simplicity and the gentle smile she carries no matter what questions we throw at her reflects the embodiment of what Yoga truly is. I really enjoyed the lecture sessions with her family too and am grateful to be able to study under the Mohan’s family. The practices are simple and accessible, classical with no fancy modifications. At the end of every class I feel a sense of peace wash over and my pranayama practice is deepening with clarity. This training energises and inspires me to keep learning about Yoga, learning about myself and sharing this outpouring of love from within to my students.

YOKE, YOGA TEACHER

This course is not just for teachers but for anyone who seeks inner wisdom through the guidance of ancient wisdom.

The teacher training helped demystify yoga, making it beneficial for myself and also making it accessible for clients that I see. The course shifted the way I understand my mind-body and I was able to integrate it into my therapy for people coping with mental dis-ease. This course is not just for teachers but for anyone who seeks inner wisdom through the guidance of ancient wisdom.

LAWRENCE, COUNSELLOR

It was a privilege for me to find a training that provides authentic Yoga knowledge that is straight from the original source.

I had been searching for such a program for almost 10 years before I found the Svastha program. There is benevolence in sharing this pure knowledge throughout the program. Nitya shares her knowledge, experiences and insights with generosity. The program taught me how to make Yoga a way of life and not just an exercise. This is because it follows an integrated approach, moving seamlessly from yoga of body (asanas) to yoga of mind(pranayama, mantras, Yoga philosophy). The individual sessions were particularly helpful for me to identify my own body concerns and how I could address them with Yoga. The pace of the program allowed me to learn without feeling overwhelmed with information. So I could manage it with my job. For anyone with a true love for Yoga and it’s philosophy, I would whole heartedly recommend this program.

YAMINI, LECTURER

This was the best gift I gave myself before Covid hit

Doing the Yoga Teacher Training with Nitya has been absolutely amazing and a key milestone in my yoga practice. Nitya’s teaching is the foundation for anyone who is eager to learn the roots and tradition of yoga. Her knowledge of the sutras and the real meaning of yoga are unique. Nitya makes them very understandable for any yoga practitioner who wants to go beyond the asanas. She also possesses a beautiful voice that makes chanting a real joy. Nitya is patient, very keen to help each student in their personal journey. Yoga had been in my life for years, but thanks to Svastha teacher training my practice has become a daily routine to help me physically and mentally. And I have even met friends along the way! This was the best gift I gave myself just before COVID hit. I will forever be thankful to Nitya! Namaste.

ANNE, EXECUTIVE

Appreciate the part-time course of 6 months as it gave enough time for all the knowledge to settle and my practice changed immensely.

First of all, I am so very grateful that I found the Svastha teacher training program with Nitya. The program teaches the importance of practicing all the eight limbs of yoga to live with a more focused, peaceful and calmer mind. I appreciate the part time course over 6 months. This gives enough time to let all this great knowledge settle down and Nitya is always available for questions or help. My yoga practice has changed immensely. I am much more connected to my body, mind and breath. I see so much clearer how all the limbs work together based on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. The guidance through the Yoga Sutras is superb. My asana practice changed from being a more pushing myself into asana to being more patient, playful, giving my body time to react. With Nitya I learned the asanas from the basics of movement to more advanced asanas and most importantly harmonising my breath with my movement. In all I am now gentler to my body and listen which resulted in a much deeper experience of my practice. Nitya also includes a lot of great knowledge about chanting and sound and the effect on our mind. For me that opened a complete new experience of how my mind and body is reacting to chanting and sound. I made a new relationship with my voice:))

TANJA, MANAGEMENT ASSISTANT & YOGA TEACHER

This course has profoundly change my life outlook and way of living.

I started my yoga training after more than a decade of practicing yoga and I want to really understand what is there besides the movement. Being able to learn from Nitya was a true godsend to me because I was able to understand why we move the way we move, and most importantly, I was able to study yoga as a way of life. Yoga teachings by Nitya really brought me looking at my life philosophy and how I should live my life, both on the mat and off the mat. This training led me to be consistent in my daily meditation, which was so hard for me before this course. This course has profoundly change my life outlook and way of living. I strongly encourage you to take it up because the benefits of this training will stay with you throughout your life, the same way it has for me.

WAN RONG, LECTURER

I would recommend this training for anyone who wants to know deeper about yoga and mindfulness

I learned a new and fresh way of learning yoga, which is gentle and soothing. I use daily asanas that I learned from Svastha for my own personal practice. Yoga sequences that I learned with Nitya also always helps me to open body and breath, and sleep much better. I would also recommend this training for anyone who wants to know deeper about yoga and mindfulness.

HENDRICK, MBSR TEACHER, ARCHITECT/FENGSHUI CONSULTANT

Nitya taught us how to be a responsible teacher, how to take care of yourself before others – to heal ourselves.

Before I had joined Svastha Teacher Training, I had been teaching yoga for 3 years and practising yoga for more than 10 years. 3 key points I have learned from this program.
Ask why before asking how – Nitya always emphasised and taught how to be a responsible teacher, to understand what the purpose is, what benefit it can bring.
Take care of yourself before taking care of others – as a teacher, heal ourselves first. Before the 7 months’ training, my back was a bit hunched and my shoulder pain was quite intense due to heavy workload. After I followed what Nitya had customized for my practice, now I do not have shoulder pain anymore.
I am also teaching students, especially those with shoulder pain, low back pain, insomnia, even depression, and we are seeing obvious improvement.
Breath leading and Spine oriented practice. My Yoga class has been ongoing all the way, under the special Covid-19 situation, more participants in several other countries outside of Singapore even became my long-term students.
My study plan for the future years is now ready. Thank you Mohanji, Indraji, Nitya and Dr. Ganesh.

JESSIE, IT PROFESSIONAL, YOGA TEACHER (part-time)

As a scientist I really appreciate the approach of Svastha, combining a solid foundation of traditional yoga with modern science.

In this program I learnt many skills, it also gave me a comprehensive framework to work on my own personal development. Another crucial point I learnt is the integration of mind and body practices and their relevance not just on the yoga mat but more importantly so out of it. As a scientist I really appreciate the approach of Svastha, combining a solid foundation of traditional yoga with modern science. I will always be grateful to the whole Mohan family for sharing their knowledge and for way they teach: simple, practical and clear at the same time deep and profound. The Svastha Teacher Training and Personal Well-Being Program is the best gift I have ever done to myself.

JULIA, SCIENTIST

As a physiotherapist I am often asked by my patients about which asana should they can do or avoid.

I had very basic knowledge on the various breathing patterns and asanas. When I met Nitya, I told her about my fears on never practising yoga before and I might not be able to do the asanas. She was very reassuring in explaining what yoga is actually about. The classes were structured so well and the contents overlapped well to revise the concepts taught. I gained much more than I anticipated. I understand the holistic approach of yoga and appreciate the learning journey. Both Nitya and Sabine coached us during the class and individually paid attention to each one of us to achieve the best of what we could do. I am so glad that I joined Svastha for my learning journey. I shall endeavour to practice and learn deeper.

DR. POONAM, PHYSIOTHERAPIST

I have already used some of what Nitya has taught in my own university teaching as I find that the principles apply to learning in general – both on and off the mat. I cannot recommend this course enough.

I had been researching teacher training courses for some time, and heard about the Svastha program from a friend who had taken the training from Nitya many years ago. I knew right away that this would be a perfect fit for what I had been looking for: an in-depth foundation that deepens one’s understanding of yoga from multiple angles: asanas, philosophy, theory, mindfulness, and overall health and wellness. The course itself met all of what I hoped for. I feel comfortable and acquainted with yoga as a classical practice that is relevant and important to modern lifestyles. The course has given me understanding and a basis for the principles of the postures that I could not get from regular classes. I have already used some of what Nitya has taught in my own university teaching. In fact, I designed an intensive week-long writing course for Yale-NUS based on some of the philosophy of Nitya’s course. Nitya’s teaching style is clear, graceful, and easy to follow.

HEIDI, PROFESSOR

Reading List

The Mohans’ books Yoga Therapy and Yoga for Body, Breath & Mind are used around the world in yoga teacher and yoga therapy trainings as source texts for course content. It is not a requirement for the program, but you can choose to pick up any of these books to familiarize yourself with the source and the approach of the teachings.

Below is the list of titles:

Yoga Therapy: A Therapeutic Guide to Yoga and Ayurveda for Health and Fitness. A. G. Mohan, Indra Mohan, Dr. Ganesh Mohan, Nitya Mohan.

Yoga Reminder: Lightened Reflections. A. G. Mohan

Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind: A Guide to Personal Reintegration. A. G. Mohan. Foreword by Sri Krishnamacharya.

Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings. A. G. Mohan with Dr. Ganesh Mohan

Hatha Yoga Pradipika: Translation with Notes from Krishnamacharya. A. G. Mohan & Dr. Ganesh Mohan

Yoga Yajnavalkya. Translated by A. G. Mohan with Dr. Ganesh Mohan

Please click here for details and ordering information.