Emotional Wellness and Bhavanas

This half-day workshop with A.G and Indra Mohan, two remarkable students of the great 20th century yoga master Sri T Krishnamacharya, will focus on the essential yoga bhavanas practiced with yogic mindfulness that help in maintaining overall emotional wellness.

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There is no greater blessing than a steady and peaceful mind. Yet, we are all troubled, at times, by unwanted emotions that keep us from this state. Bhavanas play an important role in helping us to create and maintain emotional wellness.

Bhavana contains the word bhava which refers to our emotions. Our bhava influences our external behaviour and our relationships – with family, friends and others. If we want to create positive change, having the right bhavana is essential, which is a meditation by means of mind development.

In the Vedas, various bhavanas are included along with rituals, since the internal result of our actions is determined by our bhavana. We find the practice of bhavanas in Buddhism and in Jainism. Several bhavanas are mentioned in the Yoga sutras. For example, maitri bhavana is suggested to bring about balance in the mind.

Choosing a sattvic object/subject and developing a relationship with that object/subject through personal effort, brings about a sattvic experience. We need to stay with this experience, recall it and repeat it so that it gets imprinted in our mind.

An example from Ayurveda illustrates this very well, where bhavana refers to soaking a product again and again in a chosen liquid. Likewise, mental soaking of a thought is bhavana.

During this half day program, we will focus on essential yoga bhavanas, practiced with yogic mindfulness, that will encourage emotional wellness.

A.G and Indra Mohan

This is an amazing opportunity to be in the presence of two remarkable students of the great 20th century yoga master Sri T Krishnamacharya. A.G and Indra studied at his side for two decades and have touched many students with their clear and accessible presentations and writings. They live in Chennai, India where they practice yoga therapy and run the Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda School for Teacher Training, Yoga Therapy and Online Learning platforms.

The principle of Svastha Yoga is practicing yoga in the way that leads each individual to well-being. It is not about a particular style of practice. It aims to integrate the ancient wisdom of yoga and ayurveda with modern science and medicine to offer accessible, insightful, and sustainable skills for your well-being and self-care.

A.G is the author of several books, including Yoga for Body, Breath, and Mind (1993), Yoga Therapy (2004), Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings (2010), Yoga Reminder (2015), and the translator of important classical yoga texts, the Yoga Yajnavalkya (2013, 2nd ed.), and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika (2017).

Indra has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than three decades now. She is one of the few people who received a post-graduate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. Known for her serene demeanor, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students.


You will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion.

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