Yoga for Svastha

“True yogic education is lighting a lamp, not filling a bucket.” – A. G. Mohan

The Svastha Yoga Teacher Training is a special program which integrates the traditional teachings of Krishnamacharya with modern wisdom. The principle of Svastha Yoga is to lead each individual to wellbeing. We integrate the ancient wisdom of yoga and ayurveda with modern science and medicine to offer accessible, insightful, and sustainable skills for your wellbeing and self-care.

The focus of this training program is experiential and transformative—integrating the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya, the classical yoga texts, asana, pranayama, and meditation, with modern science and practical application.

You will benefit from direct access to master teachers who will guide and support your path forward—whether you are currently a teacher looking to further your knowledge and experience, a yoga practitioner ready to take the step to becoming teacher, or simply a sincere student seeking yoga and mindfulness tools for a clear, steady mind and open, joyful heart.

This training is regularly updated and combines the collective knowledge, areas of expertise, and insights of the Svastha community. Graduates of the training receive a teaching certificate to register with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200) enabling you to teach yoga anywhere in the world.

About Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda

Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda was founded by A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan to build on the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya. Krishnamacharya was one of the most influential yoga masters of his time and is often referred to as the “father of modern yoga.” A. G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri Krishnamacharya for 18 years. Indra Mohan received her post graduate diploma in yoga from Sri Krishnamacharya. Svastha runs yoga and wellbeing programs in numerous international locations.

Highlights

  • The program is directed towards educational and personal transformation and is offered either as-
    • 3-week full-time training or
    • 7-month part-time program
  • Understanding of the full spectrum of yoga practices: asana, pranayama, meditation, Yogasutras, mantras and more.
  • A great opportunity to broaden your knowledge and skill-set, and practically integrate the teachings into your own practice.
  • Follow up with online education at YogaKnowledge.net.
  • Yoga Alliance registered training (RYT-200).

What This Program Will Give You

  • Skills to deepen your personal growth, effective yoga knowledge and practice you will use for the rest of your life.
  • The teachings of the great yogi Krishnamacharya from a trustworthy and direct source.
  • Firm foundation and approach to teach yoga to people of all ages and fitness levels.
  • A comprehensive base to progress to the Svastha Yoga Therapy Training program to deepen and widen your skills of yoga therapy,
  • Connect with a global community of sincere yoga practitioners and teachers.
  • An internationally recognized qualification enabling you to confidently teach yoga anywhere in the world.

Structure

The 3 week full-time training and the 7 month part-time training programs are structured to include:

(A) Lessons on:

  • Yoga Sutra, Samkhya, traditional texts.
  • Yoga philosophy and Eastern philosophy
  • Understanding yoga psychology

(B) Application of:

  • Functional movement
  • Breathing techniques
  • Meditation and mindfulness techniques

(C) Guided practices:

  • Guided asana, pranayama, meditation, mantra chanting, mudras, bhavana and more.

(D) Observation and teaching skills

Following program completion, participants:

  • Have the option of continuing online education at  YogaKnowledge.net after program completion.
  • Will receive a certificate of completion of 200-hour yoga teacher training to register with Yoga Alliance.

Contents

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. Traditional vinyasa system of Krishnamacharya, combining breathing and movement.
  2. Function-oriented approach to movement in asanas: awareness, stability, alignment, stretching, mobilization, daily life application.
  3. Core asanas essential for fitness and in a therapeutic setting.
  4. Preparation and balancing.
  5. Common and useful variations.
  6. Using asanas in the larger yoga path. Deepen and broaden by practicing more asanas and pranayama and lead on to the advanced breath work and skill of the bandhas. Connect this to the deeper aspects of yoga and the meditation and mindfulness. This subject will also integrate the skills and topics learned so far.

Sequencing

  1. Principles of sequencing from the traditional approach of Krishnamacharya and further developments from there.
  2. Foundations of personal course planning and sequencing.
  3. Understand the principles of sequencing and develop sequences for different needs.
  4. Bring together instructions, presentation, and teaching practice 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. Important types of pranayama with hands-on 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 a core set of useful meditation techniques and skillful mindfulness.

Anatomy & Physiology

  1. Essential anatomy and physiology as applied to asanas.
  2. Practical and functional points only, without non- relevant theory.
  3. Explore how functional anatomy can help you understand practicing yoga effectively.
  4. Key principles of movement and breathing in asana and pranayama explored from the modern science perspective.

Chanting & Mantras

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

Ayurveda

  1. Introduction to Ayurvedic doshas and prakrti.
  2. Basic principles of Ayurvedic diet.

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.

Community & Mentoring

  • Develop like-minded friends and connections for life – we encourage community engagement among the participants, and many continue to stay in touch and nurture their relationships for life after attending Svastha trainings.
  • After the program, participants can join the larger Svastha community online and continue with mentoring sessions with the Mohans and other teachers as well.
  • YogaKnowledge.net contains hundreds of videos from the Mohans that will help you pursue deeper studies to further understand the materials covered in the training, and also continue learning according to your interests.

Pathways Forward

  • The Hatha Yoga of Krishnamacharya is a foundation program for further yogic education, yoga therapy training programs, and to becoming a competent, knowledgeable yoga teacher and/or yoga therapist.
  • Continue with the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program offered around the world.
  • This training program provides you with an immediate qualification to teach and share yoga in a variety of settings in your own community.
  • Drawing on the timeless, practical wisdom of the Yogasutras of Patanjali this program provides a toolkit of accessible yogic practices which can be applied to help understand and manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
  • The accessible, non-technical format of this program means it can be taught and integrated into wellbeing programs in corporate, educational, health, aged care and other community contexts.

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

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