You only teach what you practice and practice what you teach.
Dr Kumar is internationally recognized as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher aswell as an award-winning scientist. His teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, developed through his education in more than 37 schools of Hatha yoga and 50 traditions of meditation and progressed through decades of self-practice.
As a child he began his formal studies at the Sivananda Ashram under Swamy Vishnudevananda. He was initiated by Swamy Chinmayananda, Sachidananda & Omkarananda and later under Swamy Rama and Satyananda Saraswathi. He also learned asana practice with BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar among other renowned teachers as well as unknown but equally accomplished Himalayan masters and monks. Rather than belonging to any one school, Dr. Kumar’s teaching adheres to the genesis of yoga and its many components. Dr. Kumar’s first teacher cautioned him to avoid being limited to the methodology of only one school, realizing that each school gives importance to only a few limbs of yoga. This is something Dr. Kumar has followed though out his life, allowing him to keep an open mind, and continuously learn and expand his knowledge, respecting all traditions.
Dr Kumar’s teaching is informed by his deep understanding of yoga traditions and focuses on practice. His in-depth theoretical studies of Hatha Yoga have explored Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Ratnavali, Garanda Sanhita, Siva Sanhita, Hathayoga Rahasyam, Kurantaka Yoga, Kapala Kurantaka Yoga, and Yoga Rahasya. He is a trainer of yoga teacher trainers and yoga teachers and is an authority on the science of yoga and its diverse traditions and systems.
He has studied meditation in Hindu, Yoga, Mahayana and Theravada Buddhist schools including monastic traditions in Thailand, Burma and Sri Lanka. He reads Sanskrit and Pali and has sourced and translated rare texts, exploring in particular the relationship between Yoga, Buddhism and Vedanta.
Dr Kumar has been guiding meditation retreats in the UK and India since 2008 and has trained a group of UK teachers. In the UK he has given guest lectures at Imperial College London, University of London SOAS, Oxford Brookes University, Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
Dr Kumar has taught over 100,000 people in India as a public service, focusing on free public health and yoga awareness workshops that address the growing levels of lifestyle related diseases in India. For his voluntary contribution he has received the following national awards;
Bharat Jyoti Award (Glory of India Award), India International Friendship Society
Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award
International Achievers Award
Homi Bhabha Science and Technology Award