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Sri T. KrishnamacharyaTirumalai 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 is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga. He is widely considered the “architect” of vinyasa, the science of combining movement with breath and awareness. Underlying all of Krishnamacharya’s teachings was the principle “Teach what is appropriate for the individual.”

Krishnamacharya held degrees in all six Vedic darsanas or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishna Raj 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. He authored four books on yoga: Yoga Makaranda, Yogaaasangalu, Yoga Rahasya, and Yogavalli, as well as several essays and poetic compositions. Some of Krishnamacharya’s students include many of yoga’s most renowed teachers: his son T.K.V. Desikachar, Indra Devi, his brother-in-law B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, A.G. and Indra Mohan, and Srivatsa Ramaswami.


MohanjiandIndraA.G. Mohan
 was a personal student of Sri T. Krishnamacharya for 18 years, from 1971 to 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 Krishnamacharya himself, describing Mohan’s studies with him. It has been translated into several languages and is used by yoga teacher training courses worldwide. Mohan is the coauthor, with his wife and son, of the book Yoga Therapy, published in December 2004. He also coauthored Krishnamacharya: His LIfe and Teachings, published in 2010. Mohan translated the Yoga Yajnavalkya, one of the most important classical texts on yoga.

Indra Mohan is one of the few yoga teachers to have received a post-gratudate diploma in yoga from Krishnamacharya. She has been teaching yoga for over three decades. Known for her serene demeanor, she is a source of support and wisdom to her many personal students around the world. In particular, she is sought out for her knowledge in working with women.

The Mohans have students in numerous countries and continue to travel internationally presenting workshops on the various aspects of yoga. The Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda organization was started by A.G. and Indra Mohan in order to propagate the teachings of their teacher, the legendary yogi, Sri T. Krishnamacharya.


Dr. 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 is an amalgam of the most relevant methods from ancient and modern healthcare.
Ganesh is the co-author of the Mohans’ book, Yoga Therapy (Shambala Publications, 2004) and Krishnamacharya: His Life and Teachings (Shambhala Publications, 2010). He resides in India and travels to several international locations teaching workshops and facilitating the Svastha Yoga Therapy Certification Program. He is an advisor to the the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.


shapeimage_7Nitya 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 lectured and given concerts in Germany, France, Switzerland, Australia, Singapore, and the United States. Nitya has released audio cassettes and CDs on Vedic chanting and the Yogasutras of Patanjali. Nitya is a permanent resident of Singapore, where she runs Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda Singapore.

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Monique Parker, C-IAYT, RYT 500, E-RYT 500,
 is a senior teacher and yoga educator in the Svastha Yoga worldwide organization and owns Taos Yoga Therapy. She founded Svastha Yoga Institute, the U.S.-affiliate school of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda in Chennai, India, in December 2012. Previously, Monique co-founded and directed the Yoga Teacher Certification Program at the University of New Mexico-Taos.

Synthesizing the fundamentals of asana, yoga psychology, pranayama, mantra, and chant for students across the US, Monique specializes in continuing education, individualized instruction, and the adaptation of classic yoga for therapeutic application.

She created “The Yoga of Mantra”, a call and response Sanskrit chanting CD as a way to make the recitation of sacred sounds accessible to students. Each year she conducts a 200-hour Svastha Yoga Teacher Training Certification in Taos, New Mexico and facilitates a Svastha Yoga Wellness Retreat at The Mandala Center in Capulin, New Mexico.

A personal student of A.G., Indra, and Ganesh Mohan since 2005,
Monique has twice traveled to India to study with the Mohan family and has completed two 200-hour Svastha Yoga Teacher Certifications, a 300-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Certification, and numerous in-depth Yoga Psychology/Yoga Sutras programs.

Her journey as a yoga practitioner, teacher, and teacher of teachers began twenty years ago in Silicon Valley, iayt_certifiedyogatherapiststudying with
respected international yoga teachers Sherry Han, an expert in therapeutic yoga and Chinese Tui-na acupressure, Oxford scholar and senior Iyengar teacher Kofi Busia, Viniyga founder and yoga therapist Gary Kraftsow, and Vedic chant instructor Sonia Nelson.

To better to understand anatomy and to incorporate additional healing modalities, Monique became a certified massage therapist in 1997. Five years later, she walked away from a lucrative high tech career and moved to a pinion forest at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Northern New Mexico, where she dedicates herself to study, teaching, and service.

 

Julie Cortopassi, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200/RYT 500, RPYT began practicing yoga as a teenager, but it wasn’t until after the birth of her second child that she became a dedicated practitioner. Desiring to share the gifts of yoga with mothers-to-be, Julie completed Yo Mama’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training in May 2015 and now offers prenatal yoga classes at Taos Yoga Therapy. Julie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at UNM-Taos in 2011 and furthered her studies at the 500-hour level with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda. Julie also teaches yoga at Vista Taos Renewal Center, a private residential treatment center for adult men and women struggling with drug and alcohol addictions and recovery. As a heartfelt teacher, dedicated student, and busy mother of two, Julie endeavors to live her yoga off the mat.

 

  Janice Crouse, RYT 200, moved to Taos from Northern California in 2001 to reconnect to the Southwest where she spent time as a child and had happy memories. She worked as Registered Nurse with a Public Health Nurse license for over 30 years and practiced in a number of venues, including as a Cancer Research Nurse in Sonoma County, CA. She began a daily asana practice when knee problems led to the end of her running regimen in 2010. She was introduced to Svastha Yoga by Monique Parker and realized the need for a more balanced practice that included pranayama, chanting, and meditation, as well as asana. She completed the 200-hour Svastha Yoga teacher training with Monique in 2013 and continues her 500-hour level studies with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda. Janice teaches chair yoga at Taos Retirement Village to a full house of dedicated over 55 yoga practitioners twice weekly.

 

  Liz Cunningham, RYT 500, is a writer, editor, researcher and art curator who has practiced yoga for over 35 years. Attracted to the mind-body-breath approach to personal reintegration, she received her teaching certificate through Svastha Yoga Institute in 2013. She continues her 500-hour level studies with Dr. Ganesh Mohan of Svastha Yoga & Ayurveda. Liz specializes in restorative yoga and stress relief through Yoga Nidra (deep relaxation).

 

  Martha Flanders, RYT 500, had taken yoga classes for years, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to Svastha Yoga that she came to appreciate yoga as a personal approach to well-being. Martha received her yoga teacher certification twice–at UNM-Taos and in Chennai, India with A.G. and Indra Mohan. Martha completed her 500-hour certification with Dr. Ganesh Mohan in October of 2014. Martha derives joy from watching beginning and intermediate students realize the benefits of yoga. Besides co-teaching the Svastha Yoga 200-hour certification with Monique, she offers classes in Taos, NM and South Padre Island, TX. Her clear guidance, dedicated mentorship, and calming instruction make her a popular teacher among the snowbirds, windsurfers, and SUP boarders who flock to the island each year.

 

  Carrie Leven, RYT 500, serves as the Director of Veterans and First Responder Programs for Taos Yoga Therapy and Svastha Yoga Institute. Having grown up in a military family and married to a Vietnam Veteran, Carrie has a special place in her heart for serving Veterans. She moved to Taos in 1993 to pursue a career as an archeologist and wildland firefighter. Carrie started free weekly yoga classes for Veterans in the Village of Questa and now offers these classes at Taos Yoga Therapy. Carrie attended trainings for Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans and Veterans Yoga Project in 2013, Connected Warriors in 2014, and Yoga for First Responders in 2015. Her closeness to the unseen injuries of trauma fuels her passion to share the peaceful, healing benefits of Svastha Yoga with Veterans, First Responders, their families and communities.

 

Raquela Moncada-Cowan, RYT 500, moved to Taos, New Mexico from Argentina with her three teenage kids eight years ago. Desiring to continue her fitness program, she joined a health club where she took her first yoga class. Fifteen minutes after taking off her shoes, she was obsessed with her newfound partner: yoga. Today she still talks about the initial feeling of stillness that lasted well beyond the classroom. Desiring to pass on her passion for yoga to as many people as possible, Raquela now teaches the first-ever “Yoga en Español” in Taos at Taos Yoga Therapy. Her regular weekly classes at the Northside Health and Fitness Center and the Taos Spa and Tennis Club are popular among Taoseños. Raquela received her 200-hour certification through UNM-Taos and her 500-hour level with Dr. Ganesh Mohan.

 

Matthew Sommerville, RYT 200, is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant who has lived in the Silver City, New Mexico area for the past 15 years. He has worked as a university art professor at Western New Mexico University, and over the years, developed an avid yoga practice. He completed his yoga teacher certification at the University of New Mexico-Taos in 2012, and now dedicates his time and energy to practicing and teaching Svastha Yoga. Matthew offers one-on-one consultations nd teaches classes at Silver City’s Integrative Health and Wellness Center. He is currently pursuing his 500-hour Svastha Yoga Therapy Certification with Dr. Ganesh Mohan.

 

Susan Lewis, RYT 200, began taking Hatha yoga classes in New York City in 1987. Certified in both Anusara and Svastha Yoga, Susan is a registered Yoga Alliance teacher and follows the Svastha Yoga path in her own practice.
 

 

 

ganesh Dr. Ganesh Mohan is a physician trained in both conventional medicine and Ayurveda. He is the son of A.G. Mohan who was a personal student of Krishnamacharya for 18 years from 1971 to 1989, and Indra Mohan who has been teaching yoga for 35 years. 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. Ganesh lives in Chennai, India. He conducts workshops and trainings internationally, and is an advisor to the International Association of Yoga Therapists in the USA and the Australian Association of Yoga Therapists.
Dr. Gina Perez-Barone, M.D.is a board certified family practice physician with special interest in non-opioid pain management, addiction treatment and complimentary therapies. She received her medical degree from Stanford University and has served as medical director at Presbyterian Medical Services Questa Health Center since 2011. Locally she has served on the board of Non-Violence Works and been past medical director at Vista Taos Renewal Center. Before making New Mexico her home, Dr. Perez-Baron founded “Frontline Richmond”, a non-profit organization in Richmond, CA focused on violence prevention and community building. Today, she’s learning how to fly fish, ride a motorcycle and keep her fruit trees alive.
 LizKruger Liz Kruger, RYT-500 is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner. Her holistic and integrated approach makes her a sought after instructor of both yoga and Ayurveda. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Liz is well regarded for her ability to offer tools to restore health, balance, and well being. She lives in Nevada where she teaches both yoga and Pilates classes privately and to groups, as well as workshops on Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle.
Gene Dennehy, RRT, RCP, RYT-200 is a respiratory therapist with experience in critical care, emergency care, and pulmonary diagnostics. He has counseled, supported and educated patients, families and helping professionals on issues ranging from life support to pulmonary rehabilitation, as well as having served on a palliative advisory committee for issues of end of life care. Gene is currently completing a masters degree in mental health counseling, in order to work more closely with individuals experiencing PTSD and developmental trauma. He completed his 200-hour yoga teacher certification through Svastha Yoga Institute and plans to incorporate yoga and mindfulness modalities into his counseling work.
  Jennifer Moore, RYT 200, is a yoga teacher, writer, and public speaker focused on empowering students to develop personal practices for healthy living. Jennifer teaches private sessions tailored to each student’s unique needs and lifestyle by combining Svastha Yoga principles with her knowledge of Anatomy, Movement Analysis, and Regernative Movement. In 2007, Jennifer received her 200-hour certification from Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, and continues her studies at the 500-hour level with Dr. Ganesh Mohan. A columnist for Elephant Journal, follow Jennifer at breathepeacedaily.com.

 

 

“Svatha Yoga Institute of Taos is the place I chose to take my Yoga Teacher Training. The course is intensive and very true to the teachings of A.G. Mohan and Sri T. Krishnamacharya, working to keep the philosphy of yoga faithful to the teachings of Patanjali. I feel fortunate to have found this good, solid, traditional yoga training so close to home. It is reinforcing and supporting my wish to offer yoga practice to many. I see yoga as an excellent vehicle for improving one’s life, body, mind and spirit, no matter skill level, age or physical condition. The instructors, and owner, Monique Parker, are all first class, having great knowledge,patience and willingness to share the knowledge with us, the students of the 2015 class.”
– Kathleen Stanley, Chili, New Mexico

“I looked long and hard for a course that would suit my needs. I had taken yoga teachers training back in the 80’s and I wanted to renew my enthusiasmfor the practice of yoga and the possibility of sharing the profound benefits of yoga with others. The Svastha Yoga Institute was the perfect choice for me. Not only were the instructional classes thorough, the class size was small and intimate. As a student I received the detailed information I wanted. Monique Parker as director does an excellent job in relating the Yoga Sutras to everyday life but also giving clear understandings of these precise pearls of wisdom and the Samkhya philosophy. The Svastha Yoga Institute curriculum focuses on the original classical aspects of yoga including asanas, breathing, chanting and meditation all based on the teachings of Krishnamacharya, a profound Indian yogi/scholar of the 20th century. I received everything I needed and more from this training at the Svastha Institute. Thank you Monique and all our teachers of the Institute”
-Heather Penny, Afton, Virginia

“At SYI in New Mexico I learned what Yoga was from the inside out. The teaching was respectful of your person, ability, life experience and level of study. I never felt abandoned in the Asana teachings or our of place asking difficult questions about Yoga psychology. All my needs were met by a genuine love for the deeply transformational path of YOGA. Citta vrtti nirodaha.“
– Robin Ross-Duggan, Oahu, Hawaii

“Classic Yoga of India for Today’s Yogis From Sri T. Krishnamacharya to A. G. Mohan to Monique Parker, the knowledge of yoga is dispersed. Monique preserves the integrity of these teachings and delivers them with proficiency. She instructs with knowledge, passion and clarity that can only be gained from examination, understanding and personal experience. I am grateful to Monique and Svastha Yoga Institute for giving me the inspiration and skills to enhance my life and those of my students.”
– Martha Flanders, Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico & South Padre Island, Texas

“For 10+ years I have been practicing yoga… That is, I thought I had been. The truth is, my asana practice was solid yet my mind was not focused or steady. How could I call what I was doing “Yoga” when my development as a Yogi was stunted by a favor in physical progress yet neglecting a mental practice? My ignorance was apparent, so I set out on a mission to find a credible instructor whom I could study Yoga in depth under. Some time went by before finally reaching my destination at the Svastha Yoga Institute. Like coming home, I immediately resonated with the teachings at the SYI. An entire world was exposed to me which had not existed before. From pranayama practice to chanting mantras to studying the Yoga Sutras- this is what I was seeking: methods to prepare the mind to sit in meditation— The Heart of Yoga. Monique Parker is a walking testament of what Yoga is capable of when commitment is paired with discipline. The instruction, guidance and material provided at SYI went far beyond what I imagined possible. I am honored to have had the opportunity to study in the direct lineage of Krishnamacharya via Monique Parker. My gratitude goes beyond words, for the tools received to further my Path to Peace.”
– Rene Bertorelli, El Prado, New Mexico

“I didn’t find Svastha Yoga Institute, or Monique Parker, on purpose and am still unsure how to phrase my gratitude for finding this program. I agree whole heartedly with the accolades of others that highlight the proficiency, sanctity and compassion of this unique school. I came seeking nothing short of personal transformation. But by personal transformation, I don’t mean reinvention. As a breezy type who moves locations pathologically and acquires professional credentialsalong the way, the last thing I needed was another certification to advance my career or provide me with the illusion of a new chapter. Personal transformation is coming, for me, in the form of a fairly effortless- yet conscious- removal of things which don’t work to align me toward the path of my best self and my personal belief system. From what I gather, much of this work comes from a philosophy of deduction. As I have a personality that leans heavily toward the need to add on/self improve/change/grow, this model- though philosophically challenging- is the first solution or respite I’ve come across after decades of therapy, bodywork, spiritual work etc which does not require us to look for solutions outside of ourselves. The personal changes which have occurred from this teacher training are, on one hand, colossal in that they’ve afforded me my first glimpse of clarity in decades. At the to same time, I hope that through practice the element of transformation is so ever-present that the grandeur of this life change does not stand out as an isolated incident, but instead as the transition time between a life which always felt like it didn’t work, and a life that feels like a life. The above is just a bit of my experience, but I still haven’t found ways to describe the gratitude. I’m not sure I ever will, and I know a lot of my fellow students feel the same way.”
– Hillie Bills, Marathon, Texas

“Svastha Yoga Institute’s 200 yoga teacher certification is a very rich and deep experience. The program spans across the breadth of all that yoga is – its philosophies, teachings, asanas, breathing techniques, meditations, and chantings – and leaves one with an inner practice that guides one’s life. I can’t imagine any other training that fills one so deeply. What you offer, Monique, is a dear devotion to the lineage of Svastha yoga.”
– Susan Lewis, Dixon, New Mexico

SYI holds a profound integrity for the practice of yoga, not only for asana, but for the tradition of yoga as revealed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. I gained an appreciation for yoga, a depth of practice, and a means to share this spiritual tradition in a way that I expect is rare to find. I appreciated that the strength of this program is rooted in those that have inspired and sculpted its teachings, the great Sri T Krishnamacharya and A.G. Mohan. I would highly recommend this program for those that hope to practice and teach yoga as a means of personal liberation, as well as a way to approach those from any walk of life.”
– Gene Dennehy, Santa Fe, New Mexico

“I did my Yoga Teacher Certification through Svastha Yoga Institute of Taos, NM  with Monique Parker.  Not only is Monique incredibly knowledgeable about Svastha Yoga psychology having studied in India and the US with A.G. and Indra Mohan and Ganesh Mohan, she is endowed with the ability to teach the intricacies of postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (focusing the mind) so that students at any level of practice can benefit and advance. The fact that Svastha Yoga is grounded in the teaching of Sri Krishnamarcharya is very important to me. It is not “fly by night Yoga” following the latest fad, but has a firm foundation to build on personally.”
– Janice Crouse, El Prado, New Mexico

“I am not one to post testimonials online.  This was my first time visiting Taos on vacation and my only plans were to get some skiing/snowboarding in. I have been having issues for the few years with neck and back pain, along with tension headaches.  I attributed my issues to a combination of spending to much time at my computer, poor posture and high stress levels.  I have tried everything from doctors, chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, inversion table and I even started taking yoga classes a couple of years ago at a local studio.  All of these would help a little but, just not like I needed.  I found Taos Yoga Therapy with Monique Parker online.  What interested me was a class she offers called “Yoga Therapy for Back, Neck and Shoulders”.  This sounded exactly like what I needed.  After attending several group classes as well as a couple of private lessons from Monique I feel compelled to share my experience.

I was nervous for the first class.  I wasn’t sure what Svastha Yoga was and how it would differ to the yoga classes I had attended.  Monique is an amazing teacher and from the minute I stepped into the studio I felt welcomed and comfortable. I would recommend showing up early because the classes filled up fast.  I have never included chanting as part of a yoga class and wasn’t sure if I would like it.  I found it surprisingly peaceful and now I can’t imagine practicing yoga without it.  The poses we did in the class are simpler but more effective then what I have practiced in the past. My prior experience with Yoga had never completely made sense to me.  Some of the poses and the movements felt good but, I couldn’t get my thoughts focused.  I obsessed over whether I was doing the poses correctly or thought about what was going on that day.  Monique’s teaching of Svastha yoga helped me get to a place where I could finally quiet my mind.

Everyone has different needs. I would highly recommend private sessions for anyone from a beginner like myself to someone who has practiced yoga for years. I believe Monique can help improve your practice.  In my private sessions, we began with working on my breathing.  I did not realize I had been doing it incorrectly.  After one session I immediately felt the difference.  The corrections to my breathing gave me sensation similar to a caffeine rush, but better. Monique also put together a simple asana and mantra practice for me to do everyday.  The poses she gave me to were tailored for my specific needs and the amount of time I was willing to commit to practicing daily.  This has been life changing!!!  I start everyday with my practice.  It’ clears my mind and I feel ready for anything.  In just the first 3 weeks, my neck and back pain went away. Nothing else I have ever done has worked for more then a couple days.  More then anything the practice has helped me to control my stress. My blood pressure has gone down to the point I may no longer need medication.  My mind is clearer and I feel more productive. I don’t want to make this sound like it’s some kind of magic pill.  It’s not.  You must have an open mind and be willing to make changes.  You must also put time and effort into your practice.  If you are ready to make these changes, I can’t imagine a better place to start then visiting Taos Yoga Therapy.  What you gain might truly be priceless.”
– Mark Harris, Kansas