Dr. Ganesh Mohan – Amsterdam 2014

Yoga Therapy with Dr.G.Mohan

This workshop with dr. Mohan  was a great succes!! If you like to participate again next time, please apply for the newsletter to be the first one to know about these type of events.




This workshop was designed to provide access for those who desire to practice, experience and study in the authentic tradition of Professor T Krishnamacharya. The workshop was based around a variety of practices with supporting discussions and is suitable for ALL and especially interesting for the ones working in the field of mental health care or yoga therapists (or you want to become one).

Yoga is a powerful tool in facilitating transformation. If you are a yoga teacher or a serious yoga student these workshops will offer you understanding about the deep layers of traditional philosophy of Yoga too – as taught by the legendary 20th century yogi Sri T.Krishnamacharya. Some of Krishnamacharya’s students include his son T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar, K.Pattabhi Join and A.G.Mohan.


During this workshop we will work as a group to introduce, investigate and reflect on different tools of yoga and learn about it’s therapeutic qualities. To promote collaboration and networking we include the bi-annual network meeting in the workshop series.


WED. MAY 14th 2014
19:00 – 21:00h Evening talk: The Teaching of Sri T Krishnamacharya in Yoga Therapy.

How yoga can support or complement modern therapy? Where is the overlap between yoga and for example the mindfulness-based practices we see nowadays or other mind/ body-work practices? The teachings of Sri T Krishnamacharya are particularly helpful in this context; we will discuss specific elements and big-picture concepts from his teaching that will be useful to us today.

THUR. MAY 15th 2014
10.00h – 13.00h Yoga and Ayurveda as Therapy

Why and how can yoga support or complement modern therapy? What is Ayurveda? In this workshop, we will introduce the foundations of Yoga and Ayurveda as a therapy, and discuss examples of how their tools can weave together effectively to restore health and well-being

14.00h -17.00h Developing a Personal Yoga Practice

Our yoga practice is not complete until it is personal. We are all different in body and mind, and thus our practice too has to be different. Krishnamacharya held the fundamental principle that teachings had to be modified for the student. The ultimate expression of this principle lies in the personal practice of yoga— yoga that is tailored to our needs, expectations, and limitations; to our age, fitness, occupation, to our body and mind. We will explore the principles that make this possible, with practical examples that you can take home.

19.00h – 21.00h Vedic Chanting

The Vedas are one of the most ancient texts preserved intact today. They form the basis for most of Indian philosophy and psychology, including yoga. The chanting of the Vedas has gained some popularity today, and many are interested in learning it. Can everyone do Vedic chanting? Is it necessary for all to do it? What are the rules of Vedic chanting, and what is the psychology underlying them? What are the benefits that one should look for from Vedic chanting? These and other related questions will be addressed in this workshop along with practices.

FRI. MAY 16th 2014
10.00h – 13.00h The Role of Āsana in Yoga Therapy

Asana (postures) is the most popular face of yoga today. Its physical nature makes it easy for people to practice it. The other limbs of yoga are less accessible to most practitioners, as they are more abstract, less tangible. But, classical yoga is fundamentally about the mind. The Yogasutras speak very little about asana. Other classical yoga texts like the Hathayogapradipika say some more, but even in them, the amount of information available is limited. What role does asana play in the path of classical yoga and Yoga Therapy? This workshop will address this core issue with an authentic, practical and therapeutic approach.

14.00h – 17.00h Anger Management

What is anger? Is anger always harmful? Why do we lose ourselves to it? How can we control anger? Can we be without anger entirely? How is anger connected with other emotions? How can we avoid anger affecting our health? This workshop will present and discuss practical tools to deal with anger. The tools are based on the ancient psychology of yoga, derived from the yoga sutras — the classical text on yoga.

19.00h – 21.00h Breath & Well-being: Pranayama as foundation for therapeutic yoga

The value of good breathing in maintaining well-being is increasingly validated by science. Of course, the practice of breath control, in the form of pranayama, has been a part of yoga for millenia. A key practice in both hatha yoga (physical yoga) texts and the raja yoga (meditative yoga) texts, the breath is the key bridge between body and mind. In this workshop, we will draw upon classical sources, as well as the profound teachings of the yogi Sri T Krishnamacharya, to understand and practice working with out own breath effectively for physical and mental well-being.

SAT. MAY 17th 2014
10.00h – 14.00h Yoga & Mental Health Sangha+

Twice a year The House of Love (I*) organizes a Sangha (network-meeting) for everyone interested in the subject Yoga & Mental Health. This is the first Sangha+ ‘PLUS’ meeting, which means there is a special guest. This will be Ganesh Mohan. Everyone is welcome. The goals are to meet eachother in person. Make yoga study personal, work together, network, inspire and get inspired. The first hour: Introduction of persons who are present and generation of questions and case studies for discussion. Followed by a three-hour interactive workshop: The Yoga of Positive Well-Being, and the Yamas and Niyamas.

*I met people from different professional fields/ disciplines and yoga lineages, but we all had in common that we agreed that yoga could be complementary to existing (talk-) therapy in Mental Health care.


Do you like what you see? You like to register? You can register for each day separately, click on the days you like to come but it’s highly recommended to book the whole package in Amsterdam.

  • Wednesday only: € 40,00
  • Thursday only: € 150,00
  • Friday only: € 150,00
  • Saturday (Sangha) only: € 50,00 
  • ALL-4-DAYS (recommended): € 379,00

After you register you will receive an email with instructions how to pay. Your registration will be ONLY confirmed after full payment. You can only register for the Amsterdam workshops.

Location: Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at ‘De Nieuwe Yogaschool‘ – Laurierstraat 109 te Amsterdam.

Saturday: De Sangha + workshop will be held here: Herengracht 182 Amsterdam.

Terms and Conditions

  • Your participation in the workshop is confirmed after full payment.
  • To take advantage of the early bird prices you must pay before 26 March 2014
  • Cancellation of workshops may be in writing. If canceled up to 12 days before the start date of the workshop, 50% of the total price will be charged. There is no refund for cancellations within 12 days before the start of the workshop.
After this Sangha we invite you to enjoy lunch together and then travel to Copenhagen (isn’t that lovely?!) to continue your studies. We created a series of workshops in both countries that complement each other while there is time and space to book private sessions with Dr. Ganesh Mohan too.

[The Amsterdam – Copenhagen connection]


SUN. MAY 18th 2014
9.00h – 12.00h Introduction to Yoga Therapy and Mental Health

“Just as various medicine and other measures area prescribed by physicians for curing the illnesses of those who are unwell, the revered Patanjali – in his sutras – has made clear various methods to heal the illnesses of the body through the practice of the limbs of yoga. Sri T Krishnamacharya Yogavalli Sutra 1.34
What is yoga therapy? The essence of Classical Yoga is the process of bringing the mind under complete control. Yoga is a practical path to tranquility, mental balance and clarity. This is impossible without bodily health and well-being. Ill health is the greatest barrier to a tranquil mind. The scope of yoga is vast and offers valuable, unique, effective and rational methods and practices to regain and enhance health in body and tranquility of mind.

13.30h – 16.30h Yoga and Ayurveda as Therapy

Many people are seeking alternatives approaches and complementary treatments to the medical health care system. Ayurveda is an ancient science of traditional Indian medicine and approach to health. Health is influenced by our state of body and mind, breathing, diet, lifestyle and environment. This workshop will introduce the foundations of Yoga and Ayurveda as therapy. We will discuss each of these and review the tools that Yoga and Ayurveda offer to heal illness and restore wellbeing.

17.00 – 19.00h Yoga for Emotional Well-Being

We all long for lasting happiness and peace of mind. But, not only to external life events disturb us, we are also troubled from within by the flux of emotions in our mind. None of us are free from anger, fear and worry. Yoga is an ancient science that has stood the test of time and helps us to understand how our minds work. It offers powerful tools to reduce unwanted, negative emotions, and that turn the nature of our minds towards fulfillment and stability. In this workshop, we will first go over what the Yoga Classical texts say about the emotions and then explore the practical techniques to keep mental balance.

MON. MAY 19th 2014
17.00h – 21.00h Mindfulness in Yoga – Let Me Not Be Unhappy

The core problem that Samkhya*, Yoga and other ancient Indian philosophies deal with is to provide an answer to our unhappiness. The stated goal of Yoga is to obtain freedom from all unhappiness. Buddhism also shares the same fundamental purpose. Does this not appear to be a negative presentation? Why not make happiness the goal? We use many words and concepts – pleasure, happiness, success, fulfillment and so on. What do these words mean to us? While mindfulness is very much in vogue, many perceive Yoga and mindfulness as separate philosophies and practices. Is mindfulness different from the yoga path?

* Samkhya is one of the six orthodox philosophical systems of which yoga is also one. (The Sanskrit term for philosophy is darsana from dirsti, literally meaning a ‘seeing’, vision of truth’, or ‘view point’). Samakhya is closely associated with Yoga, but there are minor differences between the two.

TUES. MAY 20th 2014
17.00h – 21.00h Prāṇa & Prāṇāyāma – The Yoga Yājñavalkya

The Yoga Yājñavalkya is one of the most important texts on yoga, yet it is often neglected. Other classical texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradipika have borrowed many verses form the Yoga Yājñavalkya. Among these other yoga texts, the Yoga Yājñavalkya is the most organized presentation, dealing with the eight limbs of Yoga in order. A unique feature of this text is the extensive discussion of Prāṇāyāma in as many as a hundred verses, which is the theme of this workshop.
During the day it’s possible to book privates.

Info & bookings for Copenhagen ONLY via krishayoga@gmail.com

GaneshMohanYCG2About Dr. Ganesh Mohan: 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. A. G. Mohan was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years. Ganesh Mohan, son of A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan, was trained from childhood in yoga and other related areas such as Vedic chanting. He is a doctor, formally trained in both modern medicine and Ayurveda. Ganesh is one of my wonderful teachers in Yoga. He creates understanding about the deep layers of traditional philosophy of Yoga in a joyful and humble way.

He is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapy (IAYT) in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists (AAYT) in Australia. Ganesh is the co-author of the Mohans’ book Yoga Therapy (Shambhala Publications, 2004) and Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings (Shambhala Publications, 2010).

He is deeply interested in the profound wisdom of the Yogasutras of Patanjali, which he continues to study and teach. He is well-versed in other related areas of traditional studies such as Vedic chanting. His work in therapeutic yoga centers around the world employing the most relevant methods from ancient and modern healthcare.

The Mohans are based in Chennai, India, where they continue to practice, study and teach. They offer in-depth studies on yoga philosophy, yoga psychology and yoga therapy in locations across the world under the name of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda. For more information on the Mohans and their work, please visit www.svastha.net.


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