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Yogic Mindfulness - is it for me?

Who is this training suitable for? Should I come? What will I learn?

After an enquiry about the program’s content this week, I thought it might be helpful to offer some insight into what to expect from traditional teachers of authentic yoga traditions, and how to get the most out of these five days.

Is it suitable for me?

This five-day training is for you if:

a) you are a yoga teacher or practitioner with many years’ experience, or

b) you have little or no yoga experience but a desire to create some changes that will lead you to a life of better health, happiness, clarity and contentment

How can it be suitable both for beginners AND experienced yoga practitioners?

As an experienced practitioner, you will have existing knowledge and practice of asanas. In the practice sessions there is minimal instruction on HOW to perform the poses because the focus at this level is to guide you on the deeper, more subtle aspects of yoga.

What if I fall into category b) and I don’t have existing knowledge of asanas (yoga poses)?

The asanas will not be complex or physically challenging (no headstands, etc.). You will be guided by clear instructions to move within the framework of the pose in a way that is appropriate for you.

What are these deeper, more subtle aspects of yoga?

Appropriate use of pranayama (conscious use of the breath), mantra (sound and/or chanting) and bhavana (internal mental attitude) within the asana practice and, in the Gold Coast program specifically, knowledge on the how and why of appropriate mantra practice in yoga.

Why are these aspects important?

The physical practice alone may help us feel better, but appropriate practice of deeper aspects will result in substantial personal transformation. Mohan tells us Krishnamacharya used to say, “No mental control, no yoga!”

Your regular, personal practice is that which sustains you, is appropriate to your own goals, keeps you light in body and bright in mind, improves health, well-being and peace of mind, and enables you to navigate life’s challenges from a place of inner strength and steadiness.

How can I get the best outcome from attending?

Personally, I have found it extremely helpful to take copious, detailed notes. Next, immediately put into practice what you learn. If you are not familiar with a term used in Sanskrit, write it down phonetically. You may encounter it later, or you can ask when the opportunity arises. Much of what you take down in notes will be valuable to you later or over time, especially as your practice helps to support your understanding.

Why are these teachers so special?

Very few students spent so long at the feet of the legendary Krishnamacharya; A. G. Mohan did, studying and carefully practising what he was taught for almost two decades. Indra Mohan has been there every step of the way, as her husband’s primary support and as a serene practitioner and patient teacher in her own right.

A. G. Mohan and Indra Mohan live a life that embodies the essence of yoga. In their presence, that is apparent. We are so fortunate to have them visiting Australia to teach, so do take the opportunity to learn from them as they may only travel for another couple of years.

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