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2017 Winter Meditation Retreat in South India with Dr Kumar

Thursday, December 28, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - Friday, January 12, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

Discover the universe within through the wisdom of observation.


Dr Kumar brings us the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana through fifteen days of guided meditation in noble silence. Drawing on thousands of years of profound teaching from the great dharma lineage, Dr Kumar opens our hearts and minds to experience peace, compassion and connectedness.

Whether you are new to meditation or an experienced practitioner, this course will take you through the advanced stages of practice as outlined by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras.

The course structure is based on progressive practice and is dynamic and responsive to the student group.

In the Yoga tradition, the absorption of pure knowledge from a teacher who embodies and lives the values of yoga, is vital for an aspirant’s development. Dr Kumar brings the transformative teachings of Yoga Darshana in their most undiluted form and direct from source.


The resort is a  peaceful four star resort within the grounds of Ramoji film city,  just outside of Hyderabad and easy to reach from the airport. There is a large soundproof air conditioned meditation hall with plenty of space for each student and the option of an outdoor meditation space. There is a lawn for practicing yoga. Organic vegetables are grown on site. Dr Kumar has described the resort as ‘silent and serene’.

Rooms are single en-suite.

We also have a limited number of twin room options at a lower cost available by application.

The resort is within easy reach of Hyderabad International Airport. Direct flights go daily from Heathrow to Hyderabad.

Daily Schedule

The meditation is practiced in a group and guided by Dr Kumar. Each meditation lasts around one hour and is followed by half an hour of relaxation and a herbal tea break before the next session begins. We begin early in the morning and practice our first meditation as the sun is rising. Chairs and meditation cushions are available.Gentle hatha yoga is practiced throughout the course.

After lunch there is a period for rest before the afternoon meditations begin. After the evening meal Dr Kumar gives a discourse clarifying the theory behind the meditation techniques, discussing the path and illustrating with stories, anecdotes and analogies, how we can apply these teachings to daily life.

Noble Silence & Yama

For the duration of the course all students maintain ‘noble silence’. The aim of this is to allow focus and awareness to stay within, rather than in the outside world. The silence allows us to sink into a deeply peaceful state of mind and most people find that being in silence comes vary naturally once the meditation begins. The process is delicate and powerful and the retreat offers the rare opportunity to skillfully work with the mind to bring about transformation. So, for this process to be as smooth and fruitful as possible we need to carefully maintain the right conditions throughout the course. For this reason we respect a strict code of conduct that has been handed down in traditional systems for centuries. During the retreat we live a monastic life and follow the guidelines that were given by Buddha and Patanjali to enable their students to draw the maximum benefit from the teaching.

The Five Yama

Patanjali, a great Yogi who lived in India around 100BC is the author of the Yoga Sutras that teach the path to unbind the mind from suffering. Patanjali teaches an eightfold path to achieve this goal, based closely on the noble eightfold path of Buddha, his predecessor by 300 years. During the course we practice all eight limbs of Patanjali’s Noble Eightfold Path as outlined in the Yoga Sutras. The first step is the Five Yama as outlined below.

Ahimsa– nonviolence (to remove anger or hatred from the mind)

Asteya-non stealing (to remove greed from the mind)

Satya– truthfulness (to remove fear from the mind)

Brahmacharya-non sexual misconduct (to remove lust from the mind)

Apaarigraha-non intoxication/ addiction (to prevent slavery of the mind)

Arrival and Departure Times

The course arrival day is 28th December. Please arrive no later than 2pm. The course will begin at 6pm. The course ends on the evening of 12th January. If you would like to stay extra nights before or after the course, please contact us.


We recommend that where possible you book a single room as this is preferable from the point of view of meditation and being in silence. However, we also have a limited number of twin room places available at a lower cost, for those on a limited budget.

Total cost for retreat including single en-suite accommodation and donation: £2015.00 

Total cost for retreat including twin room accommodation and donation: £1400.00

Donation: The prices above include a minimum suggested donation of £750 to fund the charitable programs of Traditional Yoga in India. These programs  make high quality teaching of yoga, meditation and dietary advice available to thousands of people for free or at a very low cost, who would otherwise not have access. The donation is an expression of generosity and gratitude. Dr Kumar offers the teaching on the retreat as ‘seva’, translated as voluntary selfless service.


In order to book for the course or to express an interest in attending please contact us. We are very happy to answer any questions that you may have. You are also welcome to speak directly to an experienced student of Dr Kumar about the meditation practice that will be taught on the course.

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Free Introductory Talk for RYT 300 and RYT 500 certification course

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Contact: 9866507766, 9346934633

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9 Day Silent Meditation Retreat with Dr.Kumar ALV, May 2017

Starting on 27th May 2017 | 06:00 AM to 4th Jun 2017 | 09:00 PM

Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

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RYT 300/500 Course, Aug 2017

Starting in Aug 2017 | 05:00 AM to 7:00 AM

Stay tuned for the starting date of the class!

Eligibility – Whoever is interested in learning yoga deeper and properly either for fitness or for curing the diseases.
Certification – Though the purpose of the course is to make one a Yogi, an international certification of RYT 300 for the first timers and RYT 500 for past students of Traditional Yoga will be given.
Course Objective – The Present course is aimed to know about detailed and deeper aspects of Yogabhyasa in the traditions of Kurantaka, Charanadasa.
Course Curriculum – The course curriculum contains all aspects of Ahara, Vihara, Vyavahara, Vichara, Achara and Grahachara for total transformation to be a yogi. In addition to this, Vedic Astrology, Depth of Ayurveda will be taught apart from learning to chant mantras. Mantra yoga will be taught for this batch specially.

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The Charity

The Yoga Healing Foundation is a registered non-profit (corporation number 0101037843) run by volunteers that delivers programs under the heading of Traditional Yoga.

The aim of The Yoga Healing Foundation is to restore an understanding of the relationship of the different limbs of yoga and to present this knowledge in its original, whole and undiluted practical form for the benefit of all practitioners and teachers. Hatha Yoga for the body and Raja Yoga for the mind. Many of our programs are taught by Dr. A.L.V. Kumar, an inspirational teacher and yoga master.

Across the USA, we run weekend courses, workshops, meditation teacher training courses, lectures and a 10 day summer meditation retreat. In India we help to fund a range of local yoga and meditation programs and events, including Yoga teacher training courses and a 15 day winter meditation retreat.

The courses are all run as a charitable not-for profit activity. They cover both theory and practice of Hatha and Raja Yoga, for the purpose of promoting the study and practice of traditional yoga, advancing the education of the public in its healing, preventative and therapeutic effects, and promoting the mental, physical and spiritual health of the public.

“Yoga means getting on well with everything in life: getting on well with the food we eat, the air we breathe, the environment we live in, the people we live with and the work we do.” – Dr. ALV Kumar

The Yoga Healing Foundation runs on the basis of two core values, Seva and Dana.

Seva, translated as selfless service is an important principle in the yoga tradition. It is based on the value of working for others without expectation of personal reward. Karma yoga, sometimes called the path of dedication, or the path of action develops several essential attitudes that help us both in our day to day life and on the path of Yoga. This approach helps us to develop the qualities of acceptance, gratitude, helpfulness and generosity. The path of karma yoga is discussed in depth in the Bhagvad Gita, in chapter two, Krisha says “Yoga is wisdom in work.”

Dana is the virtue of unconditional generosity and unattached giving through donation to a good cause. Traditionally, the teaching of yoga has for thousands of years been offered on the basis of Dana and as much as we are able to follow this principle. Our courses are charged at a comparatively low cost and broken into a course fee and optional suggested donation, we also offer a number of free bursary places on all our courses. As a non-profit, the course donation allows us to cover our basic expenses, and we welcome donations in gratitude for the teaching and in order to further our charitable work. We suggest a minimum donation amount that we feel is affordable and appropriate for each course. If people are unable to pay the full donation they give what they can, equally some people who are able, choose to give more in gratitude for the quality of teaching they have received. The act of giving a donation rather than a compulsory fee is an opportunity for participants in our courses to benefit from an act of voluntary giving and develop the yogic quality of generosity. Dana is one of the ten ‘perfected virtues’ taught by Buddha.

The Yoga Healing Foundation/ Traditional Yoga runs from the energy and vision of Dr ALV Kumar supported by a dedicated team of volunteers. 

Our Charitable Programs

The Yoga Healing Foundation aims to protect, revive and disseminate original, undiluted and complete yogic knowledge (both theory and practice) in its purest form for the benefit of the public and public wellbeing in the USA, UK and India.

In the USA we deliver this through courses and training programs. All Traditional Yoga weekend courses are led by experienced teachers who have undergone extensive training and choose to teach on a voluntary basis. Their support enables us to offer courses at a low cost and to bring the benefits of meditation to as many people as possible. All the money raised from our weekend courses and retreats is reinvested back into the charity and used to fund our charitable programs. We fund full bursaries and partially subsidized places for our courses.

Yoga is a tradition that has been passed down through generations of teachers in India and many practices and techniques are as yet unknown in the West and in mainstream yoga schools. Many of these practices are dying out and are increasingly difficult to access. The Charity’s aim is to protect the completeness of the yoga tradition and ensure that knowledge is not lost but rather revived for the benefit of practitioners and teachers regardless of geographical location and/or language barriers.

The Charity has an established connection to India, primarily to guarantee its authenticity at source but also as a means to safeguard the continuation of traditional knowledge in its original cultural setting for the benefit of future generations.

Charitable grants to support projects in India

We make charitable grants to Yoga Healing Foundation India, with whom we have an established collaborative relationship, to organize and deliver programs that align to our aims and objectives.

Hyderabad has a population of about 7.75 million, making it the fourth most populous city in India. Like all Indian cities it has seen a sharp rise in lifestyle diseases and a decline of traditional knowledge such as yoga practice and dietary awareness. For example, a survey conducted by the Associated Chamber of Commerce and Industry found that 68% of urban women in India between 21 and 52 suffer from lifestyle diseases such as obesity, depression, chronic backache, diabetes, hypertension and generalized anxiety disorder.

The programs in India focus on addressing this problem by raising awareness of the health benefits of yoga, diet and complementary therapies, that are now supported by a substantial body of peer reviewed published research.

The programs that we fund include

Large scale free public yoga and health awareness workshops, These take place outdoors in public parks and are attended by between 800 and 1000 people per year.

Free symposiums and seminars addressing particular topics; free guest lectures for particular institutions, organizations and professional communities

Free knowledge sharing sessions

Residential meditation courses

Yoga centres have been hired and established throughout the city on a permanent basis to provide an ongoing resource for teachers and students. These provide morning and evening yoga classes for local communities.

The Yoga Healing Foundation Public Benefit

The most significant benefits to the public, arising from the Charity’s aims and activities, are:-

  1. Improved mental, physical and spiritual health, healing and development. All of the Charity’s activities are directed for open access to everyone wishing to participate in the study and practice of yoga, regardless of cultural background, belief system/religion, age or socioeconomic status. The Charity’s programmes cater to people of all levels of ability and experience from complete beginners to advanced practitioners/ teachers. The Charity aims to directly benefit those who are not “traditional” participators of yoga and meditation.
  1. An increased public awareness of the ancient science of yoga, in terms of both practice and theory, including the traditional values of yoga in its completeness and in response to the growing commerciality and “branding” of ancient yogic practices.
  1. A revival of traditional knowledge (of both theory and practice) that is in danger of being forgotten, overlooked or lost.
  1. An increased recognition and awareness of the benefits of yoga and support for further research into these benefits and publication of the results.
  1. The opportunity for a wider section of the public to have access to high quality teaching that covers the breadth and depth of traditional yoga practices (particularly guidance in meditation).
  1. To provide (in the longer-term) national coverage of fully-trained (and under continuous development) “approved” Yoga Foundation / Traditional Yoga teachers, enhancing both public access (in geographic terms) but also the quality of education and teaching.

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