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About Yogacharya PR Mohanan

PR MohananYogacharya PR Mohanan started his yoga life in 1981 guided by his uncle, Swami Gaudapadananda Puri, who is an Indian holy man and director of the Vivekananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram Monastery in Kerala, India. He then went on to teach in a popular resort in Varkala and later extended his knowledge and understanding of the yogic philosophy in the Vivekananda Yoga Vedantha Ashram Monastery before teaching at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Trivandrum, Kerala, India for 14 years as well as in classes at various ayurvedic resorts. He is qualified to teach many different yoga systems. He passed the Yoga Teachers’ Training course – and the Advanced Yoga Teachers’ Training course.

He also qualified at Yoga Vedanta in Divine Life Society in Rishikesh, the Yoga Therapy course at VK Yoga in Banglore and Yoga Instructors course at Vivekananda Kendra in Kanya Kumari, Southern India. In addition to his extensive experience and Indian qualifications, he has the British qualification of a City and Guilds. His Yoga Programme is broadcast on Indian television (DDK and Kairali cable channels). In 2003 he came to England and since then has taught in a variety of settings such as schools, community centres, health spas and leisure centres.

He has also led workshops across the U.K. as well as yoga holidays in Turkey, Spain, Greece and Egypt. Yogacharya P R Mohanan is now living in Liverpool in the UK and taking Liverpool Yoga Classes at various locations around the city as well as running Liverpool Yoga Teacher Training courses.

YOGA ACCORDING TO SWAMI VISHNU DEVANANDA

Yoga is a way of complete life. A healthy mind and nervous system can only live in a strong, healthy body. Yoga emphasizes physical fitness. Observe the laws of health. Five things are important to obtain perfect health:

1.  Proper exercise
2.  Proper breathing
3.  Proper relaxation
4.  Proper food – diet
5.  Positive thinking and meditation

Rules for Yogic exercise:

1.  Perform exercise before taking a meal
2.  Do not become tense when you are doing Yogic postures
3.  Relax as much as possible and do slow movement
4.  Concentrate your thoughts on the postures and breath, and don’t let your mind wander
5.  Avoid eating meat, smoking and drinking in order to get spiritual benefits
6.  After exercise do 10 to 15 minutes meditation by chanting Om. It brings you mental peace and health

Remember, all the powers are in the mind. The body is only an instrument which the mind uses to perform various actions and experience pleasure or pain. You are never too old to start with Yogic exercises. At first you may find tightness in various muscles. This is due to biological shortening of ligaments. Full tone of muscles calls for the highest degree of their stretching and contracting. Most Yogic exercise are ? for the spine. Stiffness of the backbone means old age.

Keep your spine elastic and supple and be young. ‘Persevere.’ Do not stop the practice after a few weeks. You have to practice at least 6 months to 1 year to obtain significant benefit from the exercise. The more you practice the more you can benefit. First we practice some breathing.

YOGA – Oneness of the Atman (self) and Brahman (the absolute existence, consciousness and bliss) is the real goal of Yoga. 

Yoga has been defined in the Upanishads and Bhagavadgita: “When the senses are withdrawn from their respective objects in the entire world, when the mind is controlled and the intellect des not move, that state is called supreme state of Yoga (Samadhi). Ultimate happiness is the true message of Yoga.”

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