ALV Kumar

Dr ALV Kumar is internationally recognised as an inspirational yoga and meditation teacher/ teacher trainer as well as an award-winning scientist. His teaching is informed by his extensive experiential and theoretical knowledge, bringing together both western science and ancient yogic wisdom. At the age of 11, he began practising with India’s most acclaimed teachers, attending 37 schools and ashrams. He learnt directly under Vishnudevananda, Satyananda, BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, Desikachar, Swami Rama and other renowned teachers, as well as unknown but equally accomplished Himalayan masters and monks.

His teaching is informed by his deep understanding of yoga traditions and focuses on practice. His in-depth theoretical studies of Hatha Yoga have explored the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Hatha Ratnavali, Gheranda Sanhita, Siva Sanhita, Hathayoga Rahasyam, Kurantaka Yoga, Kapala Kurantaka Yoga, and Yoga Rahasya.. He is a trainer of yoga teacher trainers and yoga teachers.

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. He has been guiding meditation retreats in the UK and India since 2008, and has trained Traditional Yoga meditation teachers to run non-residential courses. Dr. ALV Kumar is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor and offers RYT-200 and RYT-500 certification teacher training courses in Hyderabad, India.

Dr Kumar has taught over 30,000 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 a number of national awards.

Kumar’s personal experience of the therapeutic benefits of yoga inspired him to teach. In 1992 he was involved in a road accident, suffering multiple fractures in the lower spine, hip and pelvic bones. He also lost control over his lower torso and his urethra was ruptured. He was told that he would not be able to have children and might not walk again. He was bed ridden for two years and doctors had little hope for his recovery. Finally, he used his deep knowledge of yoga to design a systematic programme of treatment for himself with asana and pranayama practice. Meditation gave him the mental strength and positivity to endure the tortuous ordeal of recovery. By the following year, he was mobile and in two years he could run. He resumed practising around 300 asanas and had his first daughter in 1994. In gratitude for the benefit he has received he has dedicated his life to teaching yoga and meditation.