source and background
The Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda organisation was started by A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan in order to propagate the teachings of the legendary yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya of whom they were both long term students
Sri. T Krishnamacharya
Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga”, Krishnamacharya was one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga. He is widely considered as the architect of vinyasa, in the sense of combining breathing with movement. Underlying all of Krishnamacharya’s teachings was the principle “Teach what is appropriate for an individual.”
Krishnamacharya held degrees in all six Vedic darśanas, or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Krishnamacharya traveled around India giving lectures and demonstrations to promote yoga, including such feats as stopping his heartbeat. While he is revered in other parts of the world as a yogi, in India Krishnamacharya is mainly known as a healer who drew from both ayurvedic and yogic traditions to restore health and well-being to those he treated.
A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan
A.G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971- 1989. He co-founded the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in 1976. His first book, Yoga for Body, Breath and Mind was published in 1993, and contains a foreword by Sri Krishnamacharya himself, describing Mohan’s studies with him. It has been translated into several languages and is used by yoga teacher training courses world wide. He is the co-author, with his wife and son, of the book Yoga Therapy, published in December 2004 and also authored Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings published in 2010. Mohan has also translated the Yoga Yajnavalkya, one of the most important ancient classical texts on Yoga. Indra Mohan is one of the few yoga teachers to have received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya.
Ganesh Mohan is a physician trained in both conventional medicine and ayurveda. He is the son of A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan. Ganesh started practicing yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya under his parents’ guidance as a child. He is well-versed in related traditional studies such as yoga philosophy and Vedic chanting. His work in therapeutic yoga, centers around employing the most relevant methods from ancient and modern healthcare.
He is the co-author of the Mohan’s book Yoga Therapy (Shambala Publications 2004) and Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings (Shambhala Publications, 2010)
Ganesh resides in Singapore and travels to several international locations teaching workshops on the various aspects of yoga and presents the Svastha Yoga Therapy Diploma program. He is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.
Nitya Mohan, daughter of A.G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained in yoga from a young age. She holds a degree in music and is an exponent of Vedic chanting. She has conducted seminars and given concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland, United States, Australia and Singapore. She has also released audio cassettes and CDs on Vedic chanting and the Yogasutras of Patanjali. Nitya is a permanent resident of Singapore and runs Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda Singapore.